Fia Cielen

Fia Cielen

°1978, lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium

Fia Cielen makes drawings, sculptures, installations and monumental digital prints. An important recurring aspect in her work is metamorphosis. Cielen likes to introduce a natural element in the work that goes beyond her control, in an attempt to achieve a re-enchantment of a disenchanted world. The artist is particularly attracted by in-between states, transitory zones and the uncanny, which becomes evident especially in her drawings. They are populated by creatures that exist on the threshold between the human, the animal, and the elemental; beings on the verge of their next materialisation. An important source of inspiration are masks – carnival masks, old folklore and ritual masks, ritual animal disguises. Masquerade as something that is ingrained in European culture, originating from a time before the christening of Europe, a remnant of times when the wild and magical were still part of daily life. Hiding one’s face behind a mask is also a fitting metaphor for our modern culture, with its thin layer of civilization, the wildness brewing underneath. In an over-regulated world, Cielen wants to depict the states in which we can reclaim a sense of wildness, as a means of expressing an intuitive feeling that estrangement can be intrinsically more natural.

Works

Ballroom Gallery
Koningsstraat 119–123
Rue Royale 1000 Brussels

Opening Hours
Wednesday — Saturday
12:00—18:00

Dries Segers

Dries Segers

°1990, Belgium

Dries Segers is a photographer, fabulator, storyteller and plant bender. He works with various media and print techniques. His work is centred on photographic fabulation with a main focus on the non-human, invisibles and ecological meltdown. Segers works with the history of photography by activating the use of specific techniques and attitudes. This results in plant based prints, camera-less photographs and extreme close-up photography. His latest project Hotel Bellevue focusses on border trees and a Celtic use of a landscape.

Works

Ballroom Gallery
Koningsstraat 119–123
Rue Royale 1000 Brussels

Opening Hours
Wednesday — Saturday
12:00—18:00

Caroline Van den Eynden

Caroline Van den Eynden

°1982, lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium

Caroline Van den Eynden creates sculptures and installations imbued with personal memories and crafted through meticulous dexterity. She works by hand using raw and precious materials, often combining steel, brick and glass. The formal result is similar to a model in an architectural context. It seems to meet the architectural rules, but differs at crucial points. Caroline builds a tension field that links transparency to emptiness; she creates a perfectly finished whole that is somehow still inconclusive. Her work stresses passages, evolutions and unspoken possibilities, both in the future and the past. For many, a staircase is functional; for the artist, however, it is fundamental. Without stairs, doors or passageways, one can never achieve a different or higher level.

Works

Ballroom Gallery
Koningsstraat 119–123
Rue Royale 1000 Brussels

Opening Hours
Wednesday — Saturday
12:00—18:00

Marius Ritiu

Marius Ritiu

°1984, lives and works in Antwerp and New York.

Marius Ritiu is a sculptor, painter and storyteller whose practice questions the concepts of nationhood, borders and nationalism. Ritiu’s works often incorporate copper as the physical material that connects the world. The technological applications of the material in communication and transport have enabled the mobility of ideas, goods and people, impacting the nature and physicality of borders. Copper is important in the artist’s practice for its philosophical connotations as well, drawing on the chemical elements association with human history and the cosmos through alchemy. Ritiu’s own experience as a travelling artist and an immigrant, continuing crossing borders and witnessing variations in culture, religion, nation, race, anchors his practice, and reveals his work as a quest to comprehend and express the global through the local, the universal through the particular, the familiar through the alien.

Works

Ballroom Gallery
Koningsstraat 119–123
Rue Royale 1000 Brussels

Opening Hours
Wednesday — Saturday
12:00—18:00

Suse Weber

Suse Weber

°1972, lives and works in Berlin

Suse Weber works with sculpture, sound, installation, theatre and performance. Her works are permeated with emblems and symmetry. They reflect on everyday forms of society and socialisation. On the one hand, they present a cultural critique of social equality in certain areas. On the other hand, they pose questions that emphasise the sense of belonging, identity and self-image.
Suse Weber combines industrially produced raw material and self-made materials. The resulting aesthetic represents industrial mass production.

Works

Ballroom Gallery
Koningsstraat 119–123
Rue Royale 1000 Brussels

Opening Hours
Wednesday — Saturday
12:00—18:00

Emilie Terlinden

Emilie Terlinden

1983, lives and works in Brussels

The mystifying paintings of Emilie Terlinden, emerge through a careful selection of images from the Renaissance and objects from her everyday environment. Though the images remain recognizable to the viewer as references to a specific era, a series of careful manipulations makes them entirely the artist’s own. Before being given their fixed place on the canvas, the images are transformed by being folded, alienating them from their original form. These interventions strip the subjects of their familiar historical context and promote them to the protagonists in a new, sophisticated staged spectacle.

Works

Ballroom Gallery
Koningsstraat 119–123
Rue Royale 1000 Brussels

Opening Hours
Wednesday — Saturday
12:00—18:00