Annik Leroy (°1952, Brussels) is a cinematographer and director, who made several feature films such as Le paradis terrestre (1973), In der Dämmerstunde - Berlin (1980) and Vers la mer (1999) and installations such as Cell 719 (2006) and Meinhof. 3 (2008). Somewhere between speculation and reality, Annik Leroy’s installation and meditative films explore the dark areas of European history. She teaches at ERG and formerly at LUCA Hogeschool Sint-Lukas.
Joachim Koester (b.1962, Copenhagen) lives and works between New York and Copenhagen. He has exhibited widely, with solo shows at Turner Contemporary, Margate (2016); Forum Eugénio de Almeida, Evora, Portugal (2015); Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (2012); Kunsthal Carlottenborg, Copenhagen (2012); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2010); The Power Plant, Toronto (2010); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2007); Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (2000) and PS1 (project space), New York (1999) among others. Selected group exhibitions include: The Crime Was Almost Perfect, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2014); From the Collection, S.M.A.K, Ghent (2014); Prospectif Cinema, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Habitar el tiempo, Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2014); and ARKTIS, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (2013). Koester’s work has also been exhibited in numerous biennales including the Taipei Biennal (2012); Manifesta 7, Trento, Italy (2008); Sharjah Biennale (2007); the Venice Biennale, Slovenian and Danish Pavilions (2006, 2005 respectively) and Documenta 10 (1997).
Robbrecht Desmet (°1985) is filmmaker. He studied Cinema and Fine Arts at the Sint Lukas College of Art & Design in Brussels. His work was presented in screenings and exhibitions as Beyond The Picturesque (S.M.A.K. & Artcinema OFFoff), Documented Now! (de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam), Splav Meduze (Centre for Contemporary Art Celje) and filmfestivals like International Filmfestival Hamburg, Festival for Experimental Film in New York, ISELP Festival du Film sur l’Art Brussels, Courtisane Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and BFI London Film Festival. He has participated in residency programs such as Capacete Int. in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo (Br), SIC SoundImageCulture workspace (B) and FLACC workspace for visual artists (B). He is a lecturer Film Studies at LUCA School of Arts in Brussels.
Sammy Baloji was born in 1978 in Lubumbashi, in the Katanga province of Democratic Republic of Congo. He studied Computer and Information Sciences and Communication at the University of Lubumbashi. With a borrowed camera, he began photographing scenes as sources for his cartoons. He soon enrolled in photography courses in DRC, and continued with photography and video at Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, in Strasbourg, France. Baloji juxtaposes photographic realities, combining past and present, the real and the ideal, to illicit glaring cultural and historical tensions. He explores architecture and the human body as traces of social history, sites of memory, and witnesses to operations of power.
Baloji has had solo exhibitions at Musée du quad Branly (Paris), MuZee (Oostende), Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren), WIELS (Brussels) and Museum for African Art (NY). Baloji has featured in numerous group exhibitions worldwide: Biennale de Lyon, Venice Biennale, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Foundation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain,... He has been the recipient of numerous awards including, the 2014 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative award, partnering with Olafur Eliasson. He was nominated a Prix Pictet finalist in 2009, received the Prince Claus Award in 2008 and two awards at the 2007 African Photography Biennial in Bamako, Mali.
Wendelien van Oldenborgh
Wendelien van Oldenborgh is an artist based in Rotterdam, whose practice explores social relations through an investigation of gesture in the public sphere. She received her art education at Goldmiths' College, London during the eighties and lives in the Netherlands again since 2004. Van Oldenborgh develops works, whereby the cinematic format is used as a methodology for production and as the basic language for various forms of presentation. She often uses the format of a public film shoot, collaborating with participants in different scenarios, to co-produce a script and orientate the work towards its final outcome. With these works, which look at the structures that form and hinder us, she participated in various large biennials, and in smaller dedicated shows. Recent presentation include Après la reprise, la prise in 'Art Turning Left', Tate Liverpool (2013); Cinema Bete & Deise in 'Dear Art' by What How and for Whom, Calvert 22, London (2013); La Javanaise (2012) in Berlinale Forum Expanded 2013, in 'Holandaise', RAW Material, Dakar (SN) and in the Biennial of Cuenca (EC) 2014; Supposing I love you. And you also love me (2011) in 'Speech Matters', Danish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2011 and in 'Untimely Stories', Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz (PL) 2012.
Van Oldenborgh has exhibited widely and participated in the Venice Biennial 2011, the 4rth Moscow Biennial 2011, the 29e Bienal de Sao Paulo 2010 and at the 11th Istanbul Biennial 2009.
She received the Hendrik Chabot Prize from Prince Bernard Cultuur Fonds in 2011, was recently awarded the prestigious Heineken Prize for the Arts 2014 from the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW), and is currently resident at the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogram.
Elias Heuninck (°1986) makes videos, graphical designs and interactive works. At the School of Arts in Ghent, he became interested in the different ways in which landscape imagery could evolve into a contemporary form and become the starting point for numerous experiments. Through very simple computer algorithms, he creates an alternative version of these landscapes in which their flat nature is transformed into a spatial quality. As a result, very complex images emerge with both jaggy, digital, poetic and emotional characteristics.
Dora García lives and works in Barcelona and Oslo. She teaches currently at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway and HEAD Genève, Switzerland; and she is co-director of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Paris. She has represented Spain at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and was present again in the Venice Biennale 2013 (collateral events). She took part in the 56th Venice International Art Exhibition, dOCUMENTA(13) and other international events such as Münster Sculpture Projects in 2007, Sydney Biennale 2008 and Sao Paulo Biennale 2010. Her work is largely performative and deals with issues related to community and individuality in contemporary society, exploring the political potential of marginal positions, paying homage to eccentric characters and antiheroes. These eccentric characters have often been the center of her film projects, such as The Deviant Majority (2010) and The Joycean Society (2013).
Sophie Nys (º1974, Borgerhout) studied at Sint-Lukas Ghent and finished a post-graduate program at Jan van Eyck in Maastricht. She brings conceptual and minimalistic artistic strategies to their logical and formal limits by exploiting the broad artistic license possible within the contemporary art milieu. Far from being flippant, her works – although seemingly ironic – maintain their eloquence as poetic reflections on her subjects derived from the everyday. Her films have been shown at International Short Film Festival Detmold, FIDMarseille, BOZAR, e-flux, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Argos, Courtisane festival,...
Sirah Foighel Brutmann & Eitan Efrat
Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat (both °1983 in Tel Aviv) have been working in collaboration for several years and are creating works in the Audiovisual field. Living and working in Brussels.
Their works have been shown at filmfestivals as IDFA and Rotterdam Film Festival (NL), Courtisane (BE), New Horizons (PL), on television (Arte) and in exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel (CH), STUK (BE) and The Petah-Tikva Museum for Contemporary Arts (IL). Their works have won prizes in Images (CA) and Oberhausen Film Festival (DE). Sirah and Eitan presented their work as featured artists at the 59th Flaherty Film Seminar (US).
Coming from different educational backgrounds – Sirah studied at P.A.R.T.S (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), Brussels and Eitan studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam – their work has been challenging the performative aspects of the moving image. In their film Printed Matter and their film/installation Journal they question the spatial and durational potentialities in the reading of photographs that carry a common visual language and historical narratives.
Aglaia Konrad (°1960, Salzburg) criss-crosses urban spaces. Her photographs, films and installations zoom in on exceptional buildings and the transformation of cities. She focuses on the way architecture is visualised and exhibited. Aglaia Konrad lives in Brussels and teaches at LUCA School of Arts. She had presented her work in solo exhibitions in Siegen, Antwerp, Geneva, Graz, Cologne and New York, among other cities, as well as in international group shows such as Documenta X (1997), Cities on the Move (1998-1999) and Talking Cities (2006). Her work has been documented in several exhibitions catalogues and monographic publications such as 'Elasticity' (2002) and 'Iconocity' (2005). For her book 'Desert Cities' (2008) she received the Infinity award for the best photo book 2009 of the International Center for Photography, New York. The book 'Carrara' (2011) won the Fernand Baudin Prize 2011. In 2016 she published 'From A to K' (Buchhandlung Walther König).
Sofie Benoot (born in Bruges, 1985) lives and works in Brussels. She studied documentary filmmaking at Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design. Her graduation film project Fronterismo (2007) won the VAF Wild Card Award at the Leuven International Film Festival and has been widely exhibited at international film festivals such as Cinéma du réel (Paris, France), Festival International de cine de la frontera (Juarez, Mexico), Alexandria film festival (VA, US),DocsDf (Mexico D.F, Mexico), Leeds international Film Festival (Leeds, United Kingdom), Torino Film Festival (Torino, Italy), International Women's Film Festival (Dortmund / Cologne, Germany) and art institutions such as Argos and Beursschouwbourg in Brussels. Blue Meridian is her first film project after graduating. It was one of the 13 projects selected for the first edition of FIDlab during FID Marseille 2009 where it won the first award.
Boris Debackere is an artist, lab manager at V2_ institute for the unstable media in Rotterdam and staff of the postgraduate program Transmedia.
As a media artist his main interests are the possible integration of different expression forms, with an emphasis on electronic sound and image.
Olivier Zabat (°1965, Grenoble) studied Fine Arts at the Academy of Grenoble. He made films as Zona Oeste (1997 – 1999), Miguel et les mines (2002), 1/3 des yeux (2004) and Yves (2007), presenting stories from the margins of social spaces and the dusk of time. Since 2011 Zabat has turned to entertainment and popular show formats, in order to explore their relationships with cinema history and the present evolution of moving images. Zabat’s works have been screened on television, in movie theatres, contemporary art galleries and major international documentary film festivals. Selected exhibitions and screenings include the Venice International Film Festival (Italy), ‘Day For Night’, CUNY (New York, USA), Manifesta 5 (San Sebastian, Spain, 2004), ‘Mémoires’, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume (Paris, France), Festival International du Documentaire de Marseille (France), International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands), ‘Traversées’ and Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris (France). Zabat has been a lecturer at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon since 2006 and lives and works in Paris, France.