The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.
#1 artistic inclination: I am a Visual Artist and work primarily with video and installation. My work is inspired by geopolitical contexts. While I tend to investigate what some might think of as difficult themes and subjects, I always try to maintain a degree of lightness and humor in my work - to balance its conceptual framework.
#2 political inclination: Gauche Caviar (Caviar Left): leftist without the appropriate lifestyle. The term was once prevalent in Parisian circles, employed deprecatingly to those who professed allegiance to the Socialist Party, but who maintained a lifestyle that was visibly non-proletariat.
#3 geopolitical inclination: Accidental Orientalist: I ended up in the Orient by accident - where I operate squarely within the tradition of Orientalism. Edward Said used the term Orientalism to describe a pervasive Western tradition, both academic and artistic, of prejudiced outsider interpretations of the East, shaped by the attitudes of European imperialism in the 18th and 19th centuries.
#4 professional inclination: Artist. I stopped practicing refugee law in 2004 and participated in the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Center in New York City from 2004 until 2009. I do not see my artwork as an extension of my legal work, although it does directly confront the intersection of human rights, entertainment and propaganda.
#5 geographical inclination: I was born in Bruges, Belgium. I lived and worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Thailand, Belgium, USA and moved to Amman, Jordan in 2009. I have since produced a series of works under a project called “Impression, proche orient,” which draws from my experience as a foreigner living and working in the Arab World. I use irony and criticism to interrogate the layers of my own understanding of contemporary issues throughout the region.