Q&A with Elke van Kerckvoorde
Friday 25 October, 20:00
In October, artists Saddie Choua and Elke Van Kerckvoorde start their work periods in the development programme of Kunsthal Gent. On Friday 25 October, artistic coordinator Danielle van Zuijlen will talk to Elke Van Kerckvoorde about her practice and plans at Kunsthal.
Elke Van Kerckvoorde (Ghent 1992) studied at Luca School of Arts in Ghent (Master Visual Arts 2014) Within the development programme of Kunsthal Gent, she is working on a project on the boundary between visual art, graphic design and crafts, in collaboration with stained glass studio Mestdagh and several artists and designers. The founder of the studio, Albert Mestdagh, learned the trade the Patershol, around the corner from the abbey where Kunsthal Ghent is situated. In 1947 he started his own studio, that after several generations recently moved to Merelbeke and is now run by his granddaughter Katrien Mestdagh. Van Kerckvoorde, initially a painter, uses a variety of graphic techniques in her work. She pushes the graphic craft away from its original definition, diffusing the boundary between visual art and craft.
SELECTION DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME 2019-2020
This spring, Kunsthal Gent launched an open call for six artists, collectives or collaboration initiatives who will be offered a Development Fellowship in 2019-2020. From more than 250 entries, a jury (the artistic coordinators together with representatives of Kunsthal Gent's structural partners and artists who are currently part of the programme) selected six artists and collectives who will be hosted in Kunsthal Gent over the coming year:
Saddie Choua (Brussels)
Elke Van Kerckvoorde (Ghent)
Post Collective (Ghent)
Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee (Amsterdam)
Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion (Paris)
Younes Baba-Ali (Brussels)