Vincent MEESSEN (1971, USA) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. In his artistic work including moving images, he decenters and multiplies gazes and perspectives to explore the variety of ways in which colonial modernity has impacted the fabric of contemporary subjectivities. He has presented films and artworks in festivals and artistic institutions around the world, including recent solo shows at The Power Plant, Toronto and Centre Pompidou, Paris, and he has participated in the Chicago, Lubumbashi, Venice, Shanghai, and Taipei biennials, among other exhibitions. Meessen was the recipient of an Ammodo Tiger Award at IFFR in 2018 with Ultramarine. He is a member of Jubilee, a platform for artistic research and production.
Vincent Meessen at IFFR
A metaphor for urban development in Africa.
Made in Belgium
The quest for a national identity in Belgium, Wisconsin.
Taking a fifties’ cover of the magazine Paris-Match as his cue, the artist weaves together phantoms from the colonial past of Congo.
This work explores the unknown participation of Congolese intellectuals in the Situationist International movement, especially the student M'Belolo who wrote a protest song in May 1968.
A visual poem narrating the 'exile blues' through spoken-word performance, improvised rhythms, historical objects, documents and a universal colour.