Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (also known as AMVK) is an artist of singular complexity. Born in 1951 in Antwerp, where she still lives and works, she has been active since the 1970s as a visual artist, graphic designer and performer. She has always been a pioneer. She should, first and foremost, be considered an artist for the future. AMVK’s practice is truly interdisciplinary.

M HKA wants to introduce Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven to a wider audience as an innovator of forms and interpreter of moods - as oxygen of the whole society.

Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven

2015 the walfare state vexhibition view photo m hkaclinckx27 (c)image: M HKA
Welfare State: Carrefour Market, 2015
Mixed Media , 165 x 100 cm
acrylic and felt tip pen on PVC

Although they are made twenty years apart, Unic (1995) and Carrefour (2015) form a diptych of sorts. On 4 September 1995, AMVK bought some basic produce from her local supermarket, blew up the receipt and turned it into a painting. Now she repeats the same act, making visible the changed state of welfare: a new chain, a new currency, a new ratio of nature to mortality (the food) and to freedom (its price).