Els Dietvorst

 

Els Dietvorst (1964) is a Belgian artist and filmmaker, she lives and works in Duncormick, Wexford (IRL)

 

www.elsdietvorst.be

 

Els Dietvorst is a socially engaged artist. She uses dialogue, experiment and intuition as her main artistic strategies. Ever since the 1990s, she has been moved by social issues such as migration, racism and climate change. Dietvorst reflects on the human condition. As a result, major themes such as life and death, anxiety, alienation and desire are addressed in her work. She focuses particularly on the position of the outsider,  pointing her gaze to/aiming her attention at those people and events that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Her choice of medium, whether it be actions, documentaries, films, mud sculptures, installations, drawings or theater texts, depends on the specific circumstances and the individual nature of each project. Many of her artworks have therefore been given away or destroyed, or have perished.

In 2020, many of these works were remade again for the exhibition *Dooltocht/A desperate quest to find a base for hope at MHKA (Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp). She is currently researcher on a PhD: "Partisans of the Real" at the Royal Academy / University of Antwerp. 

 

Tempel, 2020
I watched the white dogs of the dawn, 2018
SKULL 3, 2015
SKULL 3, 2015
'Black raven on white rock', 2020
'Jackdaw with White Eye', 2020

'Great black-backed gull with white breast', 2020
THE PEARMAN. THE FRUIT CARRIER FROM LIMBURG, 2000
Untitled Ireland
Drift Wood, 2016
Libera Me, 2007
The Return of the Swallows, 1999-2004
The Return of the Swallows, 1999-2004
The Return of the Swallows, 1999-2004
The Rabbit and the Teasel, 2014
The Rabbit and the Teasel, 2014
The Rabbit and the Teasel, 2014
Vive la Démocracie, 2003
Vive la Démocracie, 2003
Giant's Feet, 2001
Save me, 2020
Hug me, 2020
Crying Tree, 2020
Le savage sauvé, 2004