Emmanuel Van der Auwera


In Emmanuel van der Auwera’s series of video sculptures, the notion of screen as window to reality is literally stripped of its flatness, symbolically revealing the underlying mechanism of televisions. These sculptures are part of an ongoing body of work that applies deconstructive analysis to the process of producing ‘reality’. They build out of questions he began examining with the work “A Certain Amount of Clarity”, and are characterized by their formal and conceptual rigour, using the screen (the altar of the contemporary image) as material for sculpture, and peeling back it’s layers as a painter might do. Video content for these sculptures is appropriated and edited from found footage and/or produced by the artist. The artist approaches the present ‘reality’ like an archaeologist who looks at historical evidence, highlighting the transformation of time-space axis in modern society and tattooing the message into the flesh of the medium. VideoSculptures have appeared in the exhibitions “Riddle of the Burial Grounds,” Extra City, Antwerp (curated by Tessa Gibbons), “The Act of Staring at the Sun,” V2 space, Charleroi (curated by Benoit Dusart), Hisk Graduate Show 2016, Ghent (curated by Selen Anselm) and at The Loft in Brussels as part of the Servais Family Collection.

Emmanuel Van der Auwera, born in 1982 in Brussels, lives and works in Brussels. He studied in France at the École supérieure d’Art in Clermont-Ferrand (2005-2008) and at Le Fresnoy: Studio national des arts contemporains (2008-2010). He is Laureate of a post-academic course at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) in Ghent (2014-2015) and recipient of the Langui Award of the Young Belgian Art Prize. In 2016, his work featured in exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, Extra City, Meymac Contemporary Art Centre,”Indiscipline,” Palais de Tokyo (curated by Devrim Bayar/WIELS), “Now Belgium Now,” LLS 387, Antwerp, “A Prisoner’s Cinema,” Iselp, and “The End of the World,” Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato, Italy).

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2013 - 2015
Advanced Studies & Practice-based Research in Visual Arts, HISK, Hoger Institut Voor
Schone Kunsten-Vlaanderen, Ghent, BE

Post-graduate art and audiovisual research at Le Fresnoy- Studio national des arts contemporains, FR

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

MFA, University Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, FR

Selected Solo Exhibitions

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 Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, BE

Science goes art, Fondation Roche, Basel, CH

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

Selected Group Exhibitions

Dallas Art Fair, Harlan Levey Projects Booth, Dallas, US
Art Brussels, Harlan Levey Projects Booth, Brussels, BE
The End of the World, Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, IT
Zona Maco, Zsona Maco Mexico Arte Centemporaneo, 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, Grey Light 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
(WIELS Program), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR
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, Performance Central Alberta - Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
Art Brussels, Contemporary Art Fair, Discovery section - 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, Gent, 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, Gent, BE
Festival Kicks, BPS22, A Certain Amount of Clarity, Charleroi, BE
De loin aussi d'ici, Marrion de Canière, Antwerp, BE
De Nieuwe Omstandigheden, Crohapox, Gent, BE

Hors Pistes Brussels,Performance Central Alberta, Galeries Cinéma, Brussels, BE
HISK Final Show,Gent, 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, Gent, BE
Perceptive, Plagiarama, Galerie Rivoli, Brussels, BE
ETE 78, Brussels, BE
Young Belgian Art Prize, Bozar, Brussels, BE
Shifting Ground with Thomas Depas, CLOVIS XV, Brussels, BE
First Without Words 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

Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Videosculpture XII, 2017
Everything Now is Measured by After
Imprints, Installation view
Do You Speak Synergy?, Installation view
Do you speak synergy?
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