About my work

SHORT BIO

Ben Benaouisse is an experimental visual artist, curator and artistic leader.

 

Essential to the work of Ben Benaouisse (°1971, Belgium) is his attempt to grasp political, religious and cultural patterns. Before trying out the possibilities of paint and canvas, he had already made his name with experimental theatre and dance performances.

His path is an atypical one, in which he explores diverse media without any academic training. His artistic oeuvre develops around the principle of appropriation and presents a never-ending search for an attitude towards the ‘here and now’: “What can I add to everything that has already been done, as an artist? I am the dwarf on the giant.” 

He tests the power of art in our times and investigates its role in our society. His conceptual interest finds a balance in the amazement and the pleasure of creation.

 

 

AGENDA

* 10.2020 Curator of Van Eyck Kosmopoliet’s exhibition >>>> POSTPONED

* 09.2020 Biënnale van de ideeën- Menen

* 07.2020 Zomeracademie  - De Veerman - Dworpe

* 07.2020 Performance Festival - Duivelsteen, Ghent >>>> CANCELED

* 06.05.2020 G - Minard Schouwburg, Ghent >>>> POSTPONED

* 05.2020 Iedereen Beroemd - Van Eyck Jaar - VRT Television >>>> POSTPONED

* 30.04.2020 Performance - Sint-Niklaaskerk, Ghent >>>> CANCELD

* 30.04.2020 Performance - BTB, Brussel >>>> CANCELD

* 25-26.04 Atelier voor Immateriële Kunsten - Museum D’hont Daenens - Sint-Martens Latem >>>> CANCELD

* 19.04.2020 Hands Against The Wall - Warp, Sint-Niklaas >>>> CANCELD

* 21 - 29.03.2020 Artist-Curator of SUBJECTIEF’s exhibition - Poort 8, Ghent >>>> CANCELD or POSPONED

* 29.02.2020 - De Schrikkelwake - Human rights - Vooruit, Ghent

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020

Hands Against The Wall - Art Rotterdam 2020, The Performance Show, Atelier Van Lieshout (NL)

 

2019

Camouflage Pearls, Group exhibition, BruthausGallery, Waregem (BE)

Hands Against The Wall, 2O year Collection, S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE)

 

2018

Het Voorstel - Een Biënnale van ideeën, C.C. De Steiger, Menen (BE)

Wunderkammer for the 21st Century, Museum Hof van Busleyden, Mechelen (BE)

More More More, Solo exhibition, BruthausGallery, Waregem (BE)

Gorious (?) FAILURE, Psychiatrisch Ziekenhuis, Duffel (BE)

 

2017

Het Vlot, Curator Jan Fabre & Joana De Vos, Oostende (BE)

Art Traces, Curator Mehdi-Georges Lahlou, Tourinnes (Walse Brabant) (BE)

 

2016

Research on “Arabo-European Mythology”, Roger Raveelmuseum, Machelen-Zulte (BE)

Duet exhibition with Agnés Maes, Kristof De Clercq Gallery, Ghent (BE)

 

2015

ART-TRACES across the Western Front, Site-specific, Langemark-Poelkapelle (BE)

Brown chair, White wall & Black Tl lamp, Open Call D-Art, Mechelen (BE)

Postcards from Goes, W45, Goes (NL)

Refugee Camp Paintings, W45, Goes (NL)

A Belgian Politician, Marion De Cannière Gallery, Antwerp (BE)

Go Home Man, Edition S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE)

 

2014

La vérité en peinture / Manifold Positions and Possibilities in Painting, Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels (BE)

SUMMERTIME, Kristof De Clercq Gallery, Ghent (BE)

Homeless Paintings, TTTT, Ghent (BE)

 

2013

See Brown, listen White & leave Black, Loods12, Wetteren (BE)

Friends and Neighbors - opening new studio Koen van den Broek, Merksem (BE)

 

2012

SINT-JAN, Curator Jan Hoet & Hans Martens, Saint-Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent (BE)

 

2011

SEDIMENT (ENAME ACTUEEL), Curator Hans Martens, Pam Museum & other locations, Ename (BE)

 

2010

Electrified 02 – Hacking Public Space S.M.A.K. – Arts center Vooruit, Ghent (BE)

 

2009-2010  

Jan Fabre revisited, S.M.A.K., Kunst Nu, Ghent (BE)

 

2008

Idiotenfreiheit, Curator Tatjana Pieters, OneTwenty Gallery, Ghent (BE)

 

2006

Art D-KOR, Stenersen Museum, Oslo (NO)

 

2004

INVASIF Terminal, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Arras (FR)

 

2003-2004

INVASIF (details), Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem (NL)

 

2003

Invasif IV, Oerol Festival, Terschelling (NL)

 

2002

INVASIF III, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL)

INVASIF II, Caermersklooster, Ghent (BE)

 

 

SELECTED PERFORMANCES 

- Hands Against The Wall, MuZee, Oostende (BE), 2018

- Hands on Wall, Tique Art Space, Antwerp, 2016

- Go Home Man, Nucleo, Ghent (BE), 2015

- CAMPAIGN MAN, Facebook, 2014

- KARFOUR, Ghent – Evergem – Lokeren (BE), 2010-2015

- Jan Fabre Revisited, S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE), 2009

- 24H/24H Strike against Barbarism, Victoria Theatre, Ghent (BE), 2007

- Multi Solo Provisoire, Ghent (BE) – Terschelling (NL) – Kortrijk (BE), 2004-2005

- Let’s Dance, Ramallah Cultural Palace, Palestine, 2004

- Het is Lam, Première Minard, Ghent (BE), 2004

- Het is Lam, Bourla, Antwerp (BE), 2003

- INVASIF, L’Aeronef, Lille (FR), 2001

 

SELECTED COLLABORATIONS

- POLYTIEK, with Stef Van Bellingen, Coup de Ville / Sint-Niklaas (BE), 2013

- Deel II, Inleiding: Curated by Philippe Van Cauteren & Ben Benaouisse, Group Performance, S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE), 2015

- Deel I, Inleiding, Curated by Ben Benaouisse & Philippe Van Cauteren, Cultuurcentrum Belgica, Group exhibition + performance, Dendermonde

(BE), 2013

- MADE IN STUDIO MADE IN STUDIO, with Hans Martens, Arts center CAMPO,

Ghent (BE), 2011

- Black Nights – Blue Words (I had a dream), with Dolores Bouckaert, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurne (BE), 2008

 

SELECTED WORKSHOPS

LUCA – School of Art, Brussels (BE), 2016

L’Arsenic, Lausanne (CH), 2007

Contact Theater, Manchester (ENG)

 

SELECTED RESIDENCIES

A.P.A.P. (European Network), Brussel – Zagreb – Kortrijk – Berlin, 2008

DE BANK, Victoria Theatre, Ghent (BE), 2006-2007

La Condition Publique, Roubaix (FR)

Alexis Dallièrefonds, Victoria Theater, Ghent (BE), 2001

 

GRANTS

From the Flemish Community, 2014

From the Flemish Community, 2013

 

AUCTIONS

Art auction, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurne (BE), 2014

Art auction, Loods12, Wetteren (BE), 2015

Art auction, for the benefit of Psychiatrisch Centrum Wagenschot (‘previews’ in Francis Maere Gallery), Ghent (BE), 2015

 

COLLECTIONS

2019 - Hands Against The Wall, Museum S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE)

2016 - Untitled #3 & Untitled #4, Flemish Parliament, Brussels (BE)

2013 - Sparadrap on wall, Permanent work, Troubleyn Theatre Jan Fabre,

Antwerp (BE)

2012 - INVASIF (2001-2012), Permanent work, Erfgoedcentrum, Ename (BE)

 

AWARDS

Provinciale Prijs Beeldende Kunst, Roger Raveelmuseum, Machelen-Zulte (BE), 2016

CANVASCOLLECTIE, Nominated, BOZAR, Brussels (BE), 2012

Best Belgian dance solo, Nominated, Alain Platel / Victoria Theater, Ghent (BE), 1994

 

DANCE & THEATRE EXPERIENCES

In 1993 Victoria launched the Ja, wacht! youth project as part of Antwerp ’93 and at the request of the King Baudouin Foundation. Auditions were held all over Belgium. Mohamed ‘Ben’ Benaouisse (°1971) was one of the participants in Liège. He was selected and came to Ghent. In 1994, a few months after the opening night of Ja, wacht!, Ben participated in The Best Belgian Dance Solo at the first Victoria Festival. He wan the second prize. Immediately afterwards Alain Platel invited him to perform as a dancer and actor in the Victoria production Moeder en kind (1995).

In 1996, together with Helmut Van den Meersschaut and Noël Van Kelst, he founded the dance trio Latrinité. This company started out at the second Victoria Festival as part of Korstmos’, a platform for new young talent. This presentation later resulted in the performance Dansé Donsé Dan Dan. Two more productions by the same company followed: Auri Sacra Fames (1997) and Limbus Patrum (2000).

In the meantime Ben also worked as a dancer and choreographer in House of Bamboo (1997, Huis a/d Werf, Utrecht) and as an actor in Lifestyle (1998, Victoria, directed by Paul Carpentier). In 2001 he was asked to participate in Lies Pauwels’ first production, Club Astrid(Victoria), and, together with the Latrinité team, created the residence project Carte Blancheat L’aeronef in Lille. Ben surprised everyone with his moving installation/ performance Invasif. This resulted in Victoria giving him an Alexis-Dallière fund so that he could continue his in-depth research. With this fund he created the theatrical installation Het is Lam.

In 2003 he directed Mauricio Kagel’s Variété (a play for circus artists, produced by One-off) and worked as an actor and dancer in Scan, directed by Michel Schweizer (La Coma, Bordeaux). A year later he appeared in Renaud Cojo’s Dernier spectacle avant (ouverture)(2004, Ouvre Le Chien, Bordeaux).

In that same year he also founded his own company, Invasif, whose first production, the Multi Solo Provisoire dance solo (conceived and performed by Benaouisse himself), opened in the summer of 2004 (Oerol Festival, Terschelling, NL / Gentse Feesten, Ghent).

The controversial production Het is Lam, (Victoria) had its première in 2005. In this piece he linked together several diverse artistic disciplines (installation, performance, video, dance, theatre, words, music, etc.), while avoiding what is usually regarded as multidisciplinary.

In January 2006 he presented No Production in Nieuwpoorttheater. In 2007 he danced in Bolero Variations by Raimund Hoghe.

 

From dance & theatre to visual art and performance

The installation/performance Invasif (2001, Lille) during ‘Carte Blanche’ (the Latrinité residency in Lille) was an important link in Ben’s artistic career. Here he took the first important step towards more personal work, a mixture of theatre, performance and installation. In the years that followed he set out an artistic trajectory in which he increasingly manifested himself as a visualartist.

Invasif is a research based on Benaouisse’s personal life. He catalogues, takes stock of and structures a large collection of objects, writing, videos, photos, sounds, movements and memories in a ‘total installation’. He regards Invasif as a quest in various stages. Each stage is specifically created for and in the ‘performance location’.