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

Amvk2007 07 (c)image: AMVK
Book , 14.5 x 20 cm
Paper, ink

Urewut, a mystic all-devouring rage.

"These images counter bottomless depths of alienation and unreality. In 2002, in the middle of summer, I took a series of photographs in a sunny French seaside resort at the Atlantic. The loud and outraged beach fun passed me by completely since I was there all by myself, just passing through. I added pictorial elements to 5 of the photographs, did this in a rage of anger and frustration in December 2005, at home, sitting in front of the TV, shortly after I took a look at the most recent overview of contemporary Flemish painting. Then some scraps of text ended up on each of the images: sex-related reflections I wrote years ago. Living and suffering create a contradictory set of images that in its course is trying to iron out a vital problem of an unextinguished yearning for love."

— Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven