Gilles Hellemans (1996, Lier, BE) is a visual artist living and working in Brussels. Through site-specific observations and walks, Hellemans flirts with the architectural context and public space. Unfolding it piece by piece. Permitting other readings with the use of DIY architectural models, costumes and other appropriated structural elements or objects. Resulting in installations, drawings, paintings, performances, publications, video works and pedagogy. The practice amplifies the disjuncture between a personal visual attraction to these spaces and objects and the alienation they imply and enforce. This performed disjuncture ridiculizes its own seriousness- misusing, overusing and queering them.
He received an educational MFA at LUCA School of Arts (Brussels) in 2022 and the MA installation & performance at l'ERG (Brussels) in 2020. In addition to his own artistic practice he works as an artist for MUS-E Belgium, wherefore he organizes a variety of participatory ateliers with children. Ranging from walks in public space to installation and video work in their proper school environments. Hellemans has exhibited work in Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Including the solo exhibition Adhesive Exercises (2019) at Groelle Pass Projects/ Raum2 (Wuppertal, DE) and the group exhibitions FERMÉ 24/24_7/7 (2021) at Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles (Paris, FR) and Kelder Kamer Muziek (2020) at CCStrombeek (Grimbergen, BE).