Emmanuel Van der Auwera

Emmanuel Van der Auwera (b. 1982, Belgium) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Through filmmaking, video sculpture, theatre, printmaking, and other media, Van der Auwera sets up encounters with found images that provoke a questioning of our visual literacy: How do images of contemporary mass media operate on various publics, and to what end? With the formal rigor of a logician, the artist dissects how images are engineered, mastering specialized industry techniques and intervening on their protocol. In so doing, Van der Auwera brings us no closer to a monolithic truth, but constructs new paradigms for reading images and understanding our relationships with them.

Van der Auwera is a 2015 Laureate of the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) post-academic course in Ghent and a 2015 Langui Award recipient of the Young Belgian Art Prize. His work has recently been featured in exhibitions at WIELS (Brussels, Belgium), The Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France), Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato, Italy), Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain (Luxembourg City, Luxembourg), and Mu.ZEE (Ostend, Belgium), among others. His work was recently acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX, USA) and KANAL Centre - Pompidou (Brussels, Belgium), Mu.ZEE (Ostend, Belgium) and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene, OR, USA). He just recently debuted in the US with a solo show titled White Noise at 214 Projects (Dallas, TX).

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2013 - 2015
Advanced Studies & Practice-based Research in Visual Arts, HISK, Ghent, BE

PHD in Arts and Audiovisual Research, Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, FR

DNSEP (Diplôme national supérieur d'expression plastique), Ecole des Beaux arts de Clermont-Ferrand, Tourcoing, FR

MFA, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, FR

Selected Solo Exhibitions

The death of K9-cigo, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
The Sky Is on Fire, Botanique, Brussels, BE 
Art Brussels - SOLO Booth, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
White Noise, 214 Projects, Dallas, US

Blue water white death, Mu.Zee, Ostend, BE
Black Box: Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, LU
Shudder, Gluon Foundation, Brussels, BE

Everything Now is Measured by After, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE

Art Rotterdam - New Art Section, Harlan Levey Projects, Rotterdam, NL

Techno City, Art Brussels, Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Brussels, BE

TEOTWAWKI, Biennale Jeune Creation, Watch this space 7, La Galerie Commune, Tourcoing, FR
Monographie Arts 10+3, La Médiatine, Brussels, BE
O Superman, ISELP, Brussels, BE
O Superman, IKOB - Museum of contemporary art, Eupen, BE
Cave / Construction / Ruin, WIELS, Brussels, BE

Science goes art, Fondation Roche, Basel, CH

Bring us to ourselves, Module Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR

Selected Group Exhibitions

We are the people. Who are you?, Edel Assanti, London, UK

Untitled, Miami Beach, Harlan Levey Projects, Miami, US
Kanal Brut (A prefigurative year), KANAL - Centre Pompidou, Brussels, BE
Art Brussels, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
Dallas Art Fair, Harlan Levey Projects, Dallas, US
Anton Kern x Harlan Levey Projects Dallas Pop-Up, The Centrum, Dallas, US
It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there, Sofie Van de Velde Gallery, Antwerp, BE
Black Box Series, ARGOS, Brussels, BE
Dogs of the newfoundland, Albert Baronian, Brussels, BE

Untitled, Miami Beach, Harlan Levey Projects, Miami, US
Ecce Homo, Geukens & De Vil, Antwerp, BE
Angst, Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent, BE
Directing the Real: Artists’ Films and Video in the 2010s, curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, IT
Private Choices, curated by Carine Fol, Centrale For Contemporary Art, Brussels, BE
Expo Chicago, Harlan Levey Projects, Chicago, US
Dalonaz II, curated by Brice Guilbert, Royal, Brussels, BE
Re-Art2, Zaventem, BE
Ars Electronica, Linz, AT
La piel del mundo, curated by Nicolas de Ribou, Galería José de la Fuente, Cantabria, ES
Hotel Vilnius, Vilnius, LT
Antwerp Art Weekend, Harlan Levey Projects, Antwerp, BE
Wiels 10th Anniversary/Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, BE
Dallas Art Fair, Harlan Levey Projects Booth, Dallas, US
L'implosion politique du corps, Paris, FR
Art Brussels, Harlan Levey Projects Booth, Brussels, BE
ZONAMACO México Arte Contemporaneo, Harlan Levey Projects, Mexico City, MX
Expo Jan Cremer - Multiplier, Frans Masereel centrum, Kasterlee, BE
CC De Shekel, MAART Kunstroute, Waregem, BE
Wrong Parallels, Galerie Jeune Création, Paris, FR
In/Out, curated by Septembre Tiberghien, Greylight Projects, Brussels, BE

VISIO - European Programme on Artistes Moving Images/ Lo Schermo Dell'arte Film Festival, Florence, IT
The End of the World, Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, IT
Indiscipline (WIELS Program), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR
Exhibition ‘Jan Cremer’ & ‘Multiplier’, Frans Masereel centrum, Kasterlee, BE
BIP - Biennale de l'Image Possible, Liège, BE
A Prisoners Cinema, Iselp, Brussels, BE
Riddle of the Burial Grounds, Extra City, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, BE
Tous Belges, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Meymac, Abbaye Saint André, FR
Hors Pistes - 11th edition, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
Art Brussels, Contemporary Art Fair, Harlan Levey Projects, BE
Now Belgium Now, LLS 387, Antwerp, BE
IMPRINTS, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
KIKK Festival, Namur, BE
One more Take, Geraadsbergen, BE
Techno City, Point Culture, Brussels, BE
Performance Central Alberta, Campo, Ghent, BE
Do you speak Synergy, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE
Working Title Situation - Performance : Central Alberta, Brussels, BE
Les Papillons de Mai, Galerie V2, Le Vecteur, Charleroi, BE
The act of staring at the sun, Zwart Wild, Ghent, BE
Festival Kicks, BPS22, A Certain Amount of Clarity, Charleroi, BE
De loin aussi d'ici, Marrion de Canière, Antwerp, BE
De Nieuwe Omstandigheden, Croxhapox, Ghent, BE

Hors Pistes Brussels,Performance Central Alberta, Galeries Cinéma, Brussels, BE
HISK Final Show, Ghent, BE
And it Doesn't matter if the phone Rings, Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art-Special Program, Moscow 2015
2m3, Performance, Brussels, BE
Etcetera III, SMAK, Ghent, BE
Perceptive, Plagiarama, Galerie Rivoli, Brussels, BE
ETE 78, Brussels, BE
Young Belgian Art Prize, Bozar, Brussels, BE
Shifting Ground, collaboration with Thomas Depas, CLOVIS XV, Brussels, BE
First Without Words, collaboration with Olivier Dekegel, ISELP, Brussels, BE
Screening : "The Theatre of Oklahoma", Les Ateliers Vortex, Dijon, FR
HISK Open Studios, Ghent, BE
TRAFIC, Home cinéma, Lausanne, CH
Family Maters, De La Charge, Brussels, BE
Soirée Pan / Found pixel, La Panacée, Montpelier, FR
Need, private office, Paris, FR

Limited Access, International Festival of moving images, Tehran, IR
La force du changement, Hotel Charleroi, Charleroi, BE
Fallen from grace, in collaboration with Klaas Vanhee and Egon Van Herreweghe, Broelmuseum, Kortrijk, BE
31st Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, A Certain amount of clarity, Kassel, DE
Prix Du Hainaut des Arts Plastiques, Ath, BE
18th JIHLAVA IDFF, A Certain amount of clarity, competition section Short Joy, CZ
Men with broken hearts, De La Charge, Brussels, BE
HISK Open Studios, Ghent, BE
ART BRUSSELS, Contemporary Art Fair, Hisk Cafe, Brussels, BE
Screenings, carte blanche à Michigan films, A Certain amount of clarity, Théâtre De Poche, Brussels, BE
Fata Morgana, IKOB - Museum of contemporary art, Eupen, BE

Screening Bring us to ourselves Mikhaïl (WIELS programme), Galeries Cinéma, Brussels, BE
Cinéma 104, Bring us to ourselves Mïckael, La Citadelle, The Theatre of Oklahoma, Pantin, FR
TRAFIC, Home Cinema, Lausanne, CH

Zinebi 54, "45 Magnun" co-director Jacques Loeuille, Bilbao, ES
KUNSTVLAAI Festival of Independents, The Theatre of Oklahoma, Red Shoes programme, Amsterdam, NL
Nuit Blanche, The Theatre of Oklahoma, Brussels, BE
Ville en Abîme, Hotel Charleroi, Charleroi, BE
Prix Médiatine, Brussels, BE
L’Europe des esprits ou la fascination de l’occulte 1750-1950, AUBETTE 1928, Strasbourg, FR
De La Charge, Brussels, BE

All hell broke loose, Ancienne Bibliothèque Municipale, Tournai, BE
Made in Choi, Atelier Choi, Paris, FR
Bird's eye view of..., Fine Arts Museum of Charleroi, BE
To hug a snake, Les Subsistances, Lyon, FR
56ème Salon de Montrouge, La Fabrique, Montrouge, FR
ABC Art Belge Contemporain, Fondation Culture et développement, Sofia, BG
Jeune Artiste La Libre, La Libre Belgique, BE
La Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Cahors, FR
Festival L'Ososphère, Strasbourg, FR
Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille, FR
Theatron Open-Air-Festival, Olympiaparc, Munich, DE
Festival Regard sur le court métrage au Saguenay, Quebec, CA

ABC Exhibition of Belgian Contemporary Art, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, FR
Festival les Urbaines, Lausanne, CH
Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, DE
Soft Machine - Panorama 12, LE FRESNOY, Tourcoing, FR
Up-and-coming Festival, Hanover, DE
FIIE, Paris, FR
Soirée Flare, Musee Fabre, Montpelier, FR
Lille 3000, Gare saint-sauveur, Lille, FR

Festival International du Court métrage de Clermont-Ferrand, FR
Étrange Festival, Paris, FR
Les Enfants du Sabbat 10, Centre d’art contemporain du Creux de l’Enfer, Thiers, FR
Tout est si simple, La Tôlerie and Galerie in Extenso, Clermont-Ferrand, FR
Un Archipel d'expériences - Panorama 11, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, FR

Première, CAC Meymac, Abbaye Saint-André, FR
Brèves Digitales Festival International du Court métrage de Clermont-Ferrand, Clermont-Ferrand, FR
Festival Vidéoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, FR

Awards, Grants & Residencies

Artist Residency, Brain & Emotion Laboratory, GLUON, Maastricht, NL

Artist Residency, VISIO - European Programme on Artist Moving Images, Florence, IT

LANGUI Prize, Young Belgian Art Prize, BE
Artist Residency, HISK, Ghent, BE
Artist Residency, Fondatione Aurelio Petroni, San Cipriano, IT

Artist Residency, ISELP, Brussels, BE

Artist Residency, WIELS, Brussels, BE
Artist Residency, HOTEL CHARLEROI, Charleroi, BE
Image mouvement Prize, CNAP, FR
Prix Mediatine, BE

Selected Bibliography


-Samuel Staples, “Emmanuel Van Der Auwera and the Spectacle of Horror”, Berlin Art Link, 16 May 2018
-Ray Wollaert, “Emmanuel van der Auwera”, H ART Magazine #166, January 26, 2017
-Ive Stevenheydens, “Shortly after the catastrophe”, AMERICAN SUBURB X / ASX, January 2017
-Claude Laurent, La Libre Belgique, January 2017
-Kurt Snoekx, “White noise, blue canvas : Emmanuel Van der Auwera at Harlan Levey Projects”, Bruzz, January 2017
-Mélanie Noiret, “Les Primes de la réalité au sujet du BIP Liège”, L'ECHO, 26 August 2016
-Dorien Schelfhout, “Artist Emmanuel Van Der Auwera’s cautionary tales”, The Word Magazine, October 2016
-Pedro Morais, Le Quotidien de L'Art - Weekend n°1122, 2 September 2016
-“Interview about Young Belgian Art Prize, Bozar”, CANVAS, 2015
-“Interview : Emmanuel Van der Auwera speaks with Mo Gourmelon about A certain amount of clarity”, SAISON VIDEO, 2015
-HISK Newspaper for Art Brussels and Open studios, 2015
-REVUE 50°NORD # 7, 2014
-Colette Dubois,”Contrôle et Transparence“, L'ART MEME n°60, 2013
-Septembre Tiberghien, “Cavalier de l’apocalypse“, HIPPOCAMPE n°12, 2013
-“O Superman”, H ART, #118, 7 November 2013
-Benoit Dusart, “Au plus près des cornes de la bête“, L'ART MEME n°57, 2012
- Claude Laurent, “Portrait“, LA LIBRE BELGIQUE, March 2011
-“Art Belge Contemporain“, ART PRESS 2 n°19, 2010
-Benoît Hické, “Les illusions perdurent”, Les EDITIONS du MOUVEMENT, September 2010
- Florence Ostende, Les ENFANTS du SABBATT n°10, published by Le Creux de l'enfer, 2009


-Egon Van Herreweghe and Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Presidential Suite, 2017
-Luigi Pecci, The End of the World, Exhibition Catalogue, Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea, 2017
-Tessa Giblin, Riddle of the Burial Grounds,Exhibition catalogue, Extra City, 2016
-HISK Catalogue - Open Studios Book, HISK, 2015
-Catalogue Young Belgian Art Prize, Bozar Books, 2015
-Colette Dubois, Emmanuel van der Auwera, Woluculture Monograph, La Médiatine, 2013
-HOTEL CHARLEROI – Annexe, publication project by Armin Lorenz Gerold, Daavid Mörtl, Georg Petermichl and Antoine Turillon, 2013
-Daria de Beauvais, SALON DE MONTROUGE 56eme Catalogue, 2011
-Panorama 12, Exhibition catalogue, Le Fresnoy - Studio des arts contemporains, 2010
-Panorama 11, Exhibition catalogue, Le Fresnoy - Studio des arts contemporains, 2009
-Premiere 2008, Exhibition catalogue, CAC Meymac, 2008

The Death of K9 Cigo
Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Videosculpture XII, 2017
Everything Now is Measured by After
Imprints, Installation view
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