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.

AMVK: Film

Video , 00:14:30
computer animation

"In this computer-animation Van Kerckhoven links together portrait paintings she made between 1987 and 1990 of 54 people that visited her unexpectedly. These people are acquaintances, friends and relatives.  She linked each person chronologically to some words of the poem “Die Loreley” of Heinrich Heine (1797-1856). Melancholy, fate and inevitability of seduction and doom. Sailors, attracted by the enchanting singing of the wind through the Loreley, a riff in the Rhine, reck their ships in trance against it. The Loreley-movie is a morphing of 54 faces, divided in 6 strophes.  The soundtrack evokes a barge bobbing up and down, in the water."

"At the centre of a social universe, the abstract, which manifests itself as a symbol, tends to manifest itself in the shape of a figure. This happens in a complex way, fragmented. Look at the ancient gods." 

− AMVK


Sound, images and editing: AMVK

Producer: Club Moral