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 / AMVK

De 4 Uitersten, 1984
Video , 00:05:57
16 mm film

(The Four Extremes)

"Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell are the Jesuits’ Four Extremes. These are the stages that must be followed to reach that state of grace in which sin, Evil, is constrained. I made my own extremes in which, through banality and repetition, sacrifice and devotion, I come to the conclusion that Evil only exists by the grace of Good, and vice versa.

Collage, montage, manipulation, indoctrination, information – these five words are for me the twentieth century in a nutshell. They are concepts that formed me as a person born in 1951. Brainwashing, information, education... I have always experienced them as the same thing. As a human being, I feel obliged to undergo all of this with my eyes wide open, to use it, to transcend it, to live with it."

− AMVK


Camera: AMVK, Danny Hiele

Editing: AMVK

Animation: AMVK

Soundtrack: AMVK

Actors: Guy Cassiers, DDV, Marc Vanrunxt

Produced by: AMVK / Club Moral / Akademie Merksem