Erik van Lieshout

Erik van Lieshout

Still: The Basement
Erik VAN LIESHOUT (1968, Netherlands) was educated in painting at the art academy in ’s-Hertogenbosch and Atelier ’63 in Haarlem. He also makes installations, sculptures and films. The artist looks at subcultures and the problems of urban life by putting himself into the actual environment in question. This causes humorous situations, but also provokes strong reactions from others. In 2018, he was selected as laureate of the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art. In 2020, he completed the short film Art Blasé, but had to postpone the premiere until 2021 due to the Covid-19 crisis. He lives and works in Rotterdam.

Filmography

(selection) Sauna (1998, instal), Zonnebank (1999, instal), EMMDM (1999, short), Grow and Blossom (2000, short), Lariam (2001, instal), Mary-Achi (2002, short), Respect (2003, instal), Happiness (2003, instal), Fantasy Me (2004, short), Awakening (2005, short), UP! (2005, short), Rotterdam-Rostock (2006, instal), ROCK (2006, short), Homeland Security (2007, short), Guantánamo Baywatch (2007, short), Peepshow (2007, instal), Sex is Sentimental (2009, short doc), Das Museum (2009, short), keine Kohle, kein Holz (2009, instal), Commission (2011, short), Janus (2012, short), Jail (2012, short), Ego (2013, instal), The Workers (2014, short), The Basement (2014, short), Work (2015, doc), Die Insel (2016, short doc), G.O.A.T. (2017, doc), Beer (2019, short), Art Blasé (2021, short)

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Erik van Lieshout at IFFR

Rock

Rock

In his recent film Rock we see artist Erik van Lieshout in a complex situation. Although the images seem to have a documentary quality, the question arises how far the edit makes it an unreal, fictive image. Van Lieshout is responding to a man who is invisible behind the scenes and will never be caught on tape. This man seems to influence him a lot, as a father figure or the example of a long and happy life, everything he seems to lack. Instead of finding answers to his questions what money, happiness and violence mean to him, he becomes more and more threatened by this mysterious character.

Erik van Lieshout
  • 27'

IFFR 2007