Past Resident2012: Ministry of Culture of the Flemish Community Visual Arts Department
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
Past Resident2012: Foundation for a Civil Society
Velimir Zernovski explores notions of identity, urbanity and popular culture as well as sexuality and gender identity. His work involves many different media including drawings, videos, installations, object installations in public space, writing and artist books.
Velimir Zernovski was born in Skopje and graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje. Currently, he is a postgraduate student at the Department of Cultural Studies at The Euro-Balkan Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities Research, Skopje. He has had solo exhibitions in Macedonia and abroad in New York, Paris, Vienna, and Freiburg. Zernovski is the co-founder and president of FRIK Cultural Initiatives development Formation, and organization which is working on motivation of socially engaged art production and society democratization, beyond prejudices and stereotypes.
Past Resident2012: ACC - Asian Cultural Council
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).