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.


(c)Frans Masereel Centrum, courtesy AMVK
12 April - 16 May 2014
Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee

DOCU-PRESS - documentary review on a residency

The exhibition DOCU-PRESS shows a selection of AMVK's printed work from the seventies up till now. During her residency in January this year Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven made a series of silkscreens with the title 'Verborgen Lagen' (Hidden Layers). It was the fascination for the production process of the one forgotten Flemish tradition, tapestry, that inspired AMVK. In analogy with the ancient weaving techniques, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven searched to unravel the technical components of a printed image. In this way, attention is given tot the human errors, the irregularities that arise during the process of printing. The aberrant copies reveal an unexpected mildness of the mechanical process.

For the first time in its history, Frans Masereel Centrum invites artists to reside at the centre and make new work in the workshop. During the stay the experiment is central. The artist is being challenged to critically interrogate the printing techniques and place them in relation to his/her own artistic work. Its a concerte research into the value of graphic techniques for the artistic process, and into the possibilities new printing have to translate content-related and thematical questions.

DOCU-PRESS has an explicit documentary nature. The presentation shows the different layers of the creation process and establishes links from other art disciplines. This review on a residency shows what the graphic techniques mean to the artist, and what impulses they can give to an artistic oeuvre.