Gilles Hellemans (1996, BE) lives and works in Brussels. Through site-specific observations and walks, he flirts with architecture and public space. Unfolding the urban context piece by piece, permitting other readings. Model making, costume, wordplay, sound and found objects are processes he engages with that have resulted in installations, paintings, performances, drawings, video works and experimental pedagogy. The practice amplifies the disjuncture between a personal visual attraction to space and objects and the alienation they imply or enforce. This performed disjuncture ridicules its own seriousness- misusing, overusing and subverting the subject matter. Currently, the practice is exploring the mode of being ‘always stuff’, a coping mechanism through art practice that deals with the heavy desire to acquire, possess and immerse in objects and spaces.
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).
Image by Dániel Fülöp