Nicolas Provost’s work reflects on the grammar of cinema, the human condition in our collective film memory and the relation between visual art and the cinematic experience. His films provoke both recognition and alienation, and succeed in catching our expectations in an unraveling game of mystery and abstraction. With manipulations of time, codes and form, cinematographic and narrative language is analyzed, accents are shifted and new stories are told.
Nicolas Provost (born in Ronse, Belgium) lives and works in Brussels following 10 years in Norway. His films have been exhibited worldwide and have earned awards and screenings at prestigious festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Berlinale, San Sebastian Film Festival and Locarno Film Festival. Solo exhibitions include The Seattle Art Museum; Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg, France; Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium; and Haunch of Venison, London. His award-winning first feature film The Invader had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival 2011.
Residents from Belgium
Nanna Debois Buhl
Nanna Debois Buhl works conceptually with film, photography, drawing, text and sound. Combining text and images in various ways, her work is a continuous investigation of the relationship between aesthetics and ideologies. In previous projects, this relationship has been examined through a particular site, from a 19th century Danish amusement park to an abandoned Caribbean sugar mill, in order to investigate how histories and ideologies are inscribed in architecture and urban space. In recent projects, Buhl examines how signs are created and how meaning can change over time and between contexts. In Street Haunting, found photographs are presented alongside diverse readings from five psychics, while Dearest. I Will Be There on Sunday features 63 vintage postcards all depicting the same motif.
Nanna Debois Buhl (born 1975, Denmark) received her MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2006 and participated in The Whitney Independent Study Program, New York in 2008-09. She has exhibited internationally, with recent shows including: Art in General, NY; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Bureau, NY; Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden; Ar/Ge Kunst, Bolzano, Italy; Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark; and Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark. Her work is in the collections of the Museum for Contemporary Art and The National Museum of Photography in Denmark. In 2010, Revolver Publishing published her artist’s book A Journey in Two Directions and the collaborative book City Grammar (with Liz Linden). Her work has recently been reviewed in Art in America, Art Forum, and The New York Times.
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Residents from Denmark
Ambie Abaño’s shift from painting to printmaking brought her to an exploration of the medium as she investigates portraiture in relation to both material and process. From two-dimensional prints, her experimental works led to the creation of portraits and figures in sculpture, mixed media works, and installations, always with an element of traditional printmaking processes.
Ambie Abaño (born Manila 1967) abandoned the practice of architecture in favor of being a visual artist. She exhibits widely in the Philippines and across Asia. Abaño is a faculty member at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts. For the past six years, she served as president of the Philippine Association of Printmakers and remains active in their training program. Her solo exhibitions include: SurFACE (2011); Sanctuaire des memoires (2012) at the Alliance Francaise de Manille, and TransFIGURATION at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (2006). She participated in A/P: Analog Playground, Ateneo Art Gallery, Manila; The Speaking House, Kerala, India (2012); Asian International Art Exhibition (2007-2011), and Open Studios at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2011).