Traces AIR Antwerpen

Stijn Van Dorpe

Jan 2017 to Jun 2017
1970 °Oudenaarde, lives and works in Ghent

Together with Czech artist Tomáš Kajánek, Stijn Van Dorpe is invited for a residency of six months in the framework of the annual exchange program between AIR Antwerpen and MeetFactory in Prague. The first three months of their residency takes place in AIR Antwerpen, the last three months in the MeetFactory, Prague. Stijn Van Dorpe in collaboration with Bas Schevers participates in the project The Living Room XL. In this project Stijn Van Dorpe presents a couple of songs, based on the communication around 'Short Cut Tarwewijk'.

In his projects Stijn Van Dorpe examines the relationship between the space art occupies and social realities within the framework of the current neoliberal society. He questions the meaning of creative production and ideology of today and takes a sharp look at alternative models of society. The issue of maintaining balance between the autonomy of art and its emancipatory potential is intelligently brought to attention n his work without neglecting a sense of poetry and aesthetic.

Stijn Van Dorpe was invited for the following solo exhibitions (a selection): Ideologie AUB! Een denkmodel, Netwerk centrum for contemporary art, Aalst, 2015; Expoplu, Nijmegen, 2013; The Bagfactory, Johannesburg, 2012; Z33, Hasselt, 2012; Galerie Transi Mechelen, 2012/2010; STUK Leuven, 2010. His works were also shown in the following group exhibitions (a selection): Kunstwerke, Berlin, 2014; Hotel Charleroi, 2013-14.