Born in Antwerp, Belgium, 1974, Mieke Vanmechelen lives and works in Kerry, Ireland.
Working at the intersection of experimental moving-image media and documentary film, Vanmechelen explores themes of cultural legacy and temporality. Her visual narratives are founded on an ongoing dialogue between body and place, often involving animal and\or human representations that are convergent with a psychological as well as physical landscape.
Selected artist, Home: Being and belonging in contemporary Ireland, 10 April – 12 July, The Glucksman, Cork (2020)
Recent exhibitions and screenings include;
Residual Minority, SSA + VAS OPEN selected by CutLog Moving Image, Scottish Royal Academy Edinburgh (2020); Residual Minority, Luminous Void, Experimental Film Festival as part of LUX Critical Forum Cork Artists’ Programme (2019), finalist Florence Film Awards & selected, Intimate Lens Ethnographic Film Festival, Caserta Italy (2019).
Cavern at Wunderground Film Festival, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, Belgium (2019).
Rath, The Irish Real Life Festival, Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario (2019); Níos Doimhne, at Solas Nua in collaboration with Dupont Underground, Washington D.C.; Nothing Further, with DAW at Leyden Gallery, London (2018); Rath, Kerry Film Festival, Official Selection (2017), Dingle International Film Festival (2017); Het Verhaal Van Bivolino, Byvoet Archive: funded by EU H2020 Programme, Modemuseum Hasselt, Belgium. Screening iArt, Ghent University, Belgium and at DG Connect G.2 Creativity, EU Commission, Luxembourg (2016); Screening and exhibition of An Enchantress’s Pharmacopeia, ‘tKristallijn, Mol, Belgium . Screening Groetmoeder, ‘Motherhood and Creative Practice’, Centre for Media and Culture Research, School of Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University, selected by Dr. Elena Marchevska and Valerie Walkerdine.
Photographic work included in ‘The ProCreate Project Touring Archive’, The Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths University, Lace Gallery, Nottingham, Manhattan College Annual M.O.M. Conference, New York and London Southbank University; Screening, iArt, EU Summit, ICT 2015 Lisbon ‘Transforming Innovation through Creativity and Arts’ . Group Show, Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Killarney, Co. Kerry co-funded by the Arts Council and Kerry County Council (2015/2016).
Epona, Horse, Void, Derry, Northern Ireland, curated by Mark Wallinger & Maolíosa Boyle (2015).
Two Channel Video Installation, Elemental Force, & Three Become, 17 heads 14 handles, Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork. Single channel video installation, Borderspace, The Day Came Fat, CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork (2014).
Kerry Filmmaker in Residence (2017- 2020), funded by Kerry County Council co-funded by the Arts Council and supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Trustees of Muckross House.
Kerry County Council Creative Work Development Bursary (2020).
Creative Ireland Funding for project and film Bó (2019).
Winner of Audience Choice Award for ‘best feature’ at Dingle International Film Festival (2016).
Recipient of EU funding under the Creative Europe (Culture Sub-programme) 2014–2020.
Creative Work Development Bursary, Kerry County Council, Materials and Equipment Bursary, Kerry County Council (2016).
Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award (2015).
Vanmechelen graduated with a B.A. from Trinity College Dublin in 1996 received an M.A. in Art & Process from Crawford College of Art & Design in 2014.
Selected Essays & Articles