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.

Eclips 5

(c)image: AMVK
16 September - 15 October 1997
Galeria Dels Angels, Barcelona

In “Eclips” Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven uses a disturbed fragment from Michelangelo Antonioni’s film-classic “L’eclisse”, in which the actress Monica Vitti turns her back to the camera. The turn is slowed down and digital manipulated by the artist. By augmenting the contrast in the images Van Kerckhoven creates exorcising figures, characterized by her graphic and nervous style.

Vitti’s opponent in the film, Alain Delon, figures as an almost unrecognizable shadow in a layered editing in which close-ups of a fish are the most impressive image. Now and then, there are some moments of obstruction in which a void occurs. For Van Kerckhoven, images are forces, powers. They exorcise the forces behind the visible, the forces behind the conventions.