Ploegstraat 27
B—2018 Antwerp

  • AAIR is a artist-oriented organization that grants time, space and mobility to national and international artists. AAIR wishes to create a sustainable context for artistic development.


    AAIR operates from a location in the heart of Antwerp clustering the various ambitions of the organization. The director’s house of the former biscuit factory De Beuckelaer, behind the Antwerp Zoo, houses three living and working spaces for international residents, the collective workspace of the annual international development platform STRT Kit, and the organization’s office. In the monastery nextdoor, AAIR rents out 30 affordable workspaces to 50 artists.

    AAIR emerged from the synergy between Air Antwerpen and Studio Start. Both organizations have long endeavoured to create an ideal working environment for artists; Studio Start targeted Antwerp artists and creative entrepreneurs, while AIR Antwerpen concentrated on international visual artists. Over the course of eight years, an ongoing conversation between Studio Start and AIR Antwerpen led to an intensifying collaboration resulting in AAIR’s long-term vision: a new artist-oriented organization whose mission, operation, and structure contributes to the careers of inter/national artists.

    Ploegstraat 27,
    2018 Antwerp
    +32 (0)3 430 80 20

    Greet Vlegels
    (general director)
    +32 (0)494 54 87 03

    Alan Quireyns
    (artistic director)
    +32 (0)471 41 78 79

    Philippe Verdonckt
    (building manager)
    +32 (0)474 56 48 77

    Charlotte Van Buylare
    (coordinator residencies and production)
    +32 (0)485 87 09 97

    Isabel Van Bos
    (project coordinator STRT kit)
    +32 (0)486 33 65 67

    Steven Holsbeeks
    (coordinator spaces and communication)
    +32 (0)486 68 92 70

    (coming soon)

    interested in:


    STRT kit 2019

    STRT Kit is a development program for artists located in Belgium. Annually through an open call, five emerging artists are selected. The program foresees a collective work and presentation space, an intense study week abroad, a national/international visitors program, an exhibition in Kunsthal Extra City, an individual artikel in H ART magazine and a collective publication. The program is an initiative of AAIR in collaboration with H ART magazine and Kunsthal Extra City Antwerp.

    For the fifth edition the jury selected Valentin Cernat, Pierre Coric, Lola Daels, Maxim Ryckaerts and Eva Van Tongeren to participate in STRT Kit.

    2019 - 2020
    Excavating Contemporary Archaelogy
    Exchange and exhibition program
    Kunsthalle Aarhus, AAIR, POINT Nicosia, MUCEM Marseille

    Excavating Contemporary Archaeology is a European Cooperation Project, where contemporary artists are invited to explore our rich and diverse European Cultural Heritage, to produce new works and interact with school children, inspiring our audience and the coming generations with new perspectives on culture, art, history and identity. From June 2018 until June 2020 the four art institutions Kunsthal Aarhus (Denmark), MUCEM (France), POINT (Cyprus) and AAIR (Belgium) are collaborating on this project co-funded by the Creative Europe Program ‘Year of Cultural Heritage’ of the European Union. Excavating Contemporary Archaeology is an initiatitive by Kunsthalle Aarhus.

    In 2019 AAIR organizes two residencies with artists Cristina Lucas (SP) (April – May 2019) and Amalie Smith (DK) (June 2019).



    2019 - 2020
    Everyday Forms of Resistance
    exchange - and exhibition project
    AAIR; Mamarat Ramallah; CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; HIAP, Helsinki

    Everyday Forms of Resistance – announcement of the artists

    AIR Antwerpen; Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw (U–jazdowski); Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP); and Mamarat, the residency program of the Municipality of Ramallah are pleased to announce the results of an open call for residencies organized in frame of the project Everyday Forms of Resistance.

    A Jury comprised of Sally Abu Bakr, Director of the department Culture and Social Affairs at Ramallah Municipality; Yazid Anani, Director of the Public Program at Qattan Foundation; Khaldun Bshara, Director of Riwaq Centre in Ramallah; Juha Huuskonen, Director HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme; Jack Persekian, Director Al Ma’mal Foundation; Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka, Head of Artistic Residencies at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Bogna Świątkowska, Head of Bęc Zmiana Foundation and Alan Quireyns, Artistic Director AIR Antwerpen chose participants who will take part in the project:

    Jumana Emil Abboud (Palestine) – residency in AIR Antwerpen
    Ahmed Alaqra (Palestine) – residency in HIAP Helsinki
    Mirna Bamieh (Palestine) – residency in U-jazdowski
    Wim Catrysse (Belgium) – residency in Mamarat, Ramallah
    Karolina Grzywnowicz (Poland)
 – residency in Mamarat, Ramallah
    Timo Tuhkanen (Finland) – residency in Mamarat, Ramallah

    We congratulate the selected artists and cordially thank for all the submissions.

    About the project:
    Everyday Forms of Resistance is an exchange and public program that has come about as a result of the collaboration between AIR Antwerpen; Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw (U–jazdowski); Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP); and the Municipality of Ramallah. This project offers residencies for six visual artists and centers itself on the question: “Can an artistic intervention translate social tensions into narratives that in turn intervene in the imaginary landscape of a place?” (Francis Alÿs, The Green Line, 2004). It looks at the role of artistic practice and mobility in the specific circumstances of Ramallah and Palestine and does this through the strategy of exchange.

    The first part of the residencies (April–June 2019) is open to artists from Belgium, Finland, and Poland. One artist from each of these countries will be selected to spend three month living and working in the city of Ramallah.
    The second part of the residencies (autumn 2019) is open to Palestinian artists and will enable them to spend a three-month residency in Warsaw,Antwerp, or Helsinki. Each country will host one Palestinian artist.
    The exchange program, modeled to encourage artists to engage in conversations among themselves and with their audiences, will culminate in a series of talks and meetings in Warsaw at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in November 2019.

    The residencies of Jumana Emil Abboud and Wim Catrysse are made possible with the support of the city of Antwerp.

    16.05 — 10.06.19
    Null Island

    At the exact center of the world, on the crosspoint between the Meridian and the Equator, lays an island with a size of 1m2. It is named Null Island and is located in the Gulf of Guinea. Null Island doesn’t exist. Nevertheless it was officially included in the Natural Earth Map. Computers and place name databases needed an actual place to send images with coordinates 0,0. Users of the fitness app Strava discovered that, when entering the coordinates 0,0, their actual location was hidden. Null Island is the place where the GPS on your phone start from, to calculate your actual location. It is a fiction that plays an actual role in reality or, as writer Jon K Shaw put it, it is transformed into a method.

    The exhibition Null Island looks at this functional function as a possibility to create a new time and space, where the current pressure on origin can be questioned. It becomes a temporary but effective space in the new venue of AAIR. This group exhibition includes art works inspired by and developed during residencies abroad. Null Island shows the poetic power of the artistic gesture and how they can have an immediate effect outside the exhibition space. Every artwork creates consciousness about the current pressure on origin and identity. In the same time it shows the various connections an artist creates with a temporary locality.

    Artists: Tianzhuo Chen, Alexis Gautier, Runo Lagomarsino, Cristina Lucas, Koba De Meutter & Mohand Kanaan, Monica Restrepo & Ana María Millán
    curator: Alan Quireyns

    The exhibition opens on Thursday 16 May at 6pm as part of the official launch of AAIR and Antwerp Art Weekend. It is opened from Friday 17 May – Sunday 19 May from 12.00 to 18.00. Sunday between 12.00 – 14.00 you are very welcome for a brunch in the presence of the artists and organization.

    The exhibition is opened during the weekend, on holidays or by appointment from 25 May until 10 June from 12.00 – 18.00

    08.03 — 12.03.19
    18:00 22:00
    Where are you from?
    Antwerp Art Pavilion, Antwerp

    Where Are You From?
    I am from the universe, the infinity universe, I was born in the immortal world that is mine. In the midst of my universe. I move my body in the most righteous way because I am dissolved in my world and the world is solved in me. /you/? What did /you/ solve? Where are /you/ from?

    At the Antwerp Art Pavilion, AIR Antwerpen resident Pantea Shayesteh (IR) envisions evocative emotions based upon encounters in Belgium. Her five-day during performance includes visual translations and deliberate inter-actions with passers-by.
    Pantea Shayesteh is selected by AIR Antwerpen and Kooshk residency in Teheran.
    Shayesteh will share her experiences in a public conversation at Bozar on Wednesday 13th March at 7 PM.

    01.09 — 02.09.18
    Open Studio’s 2018
    Open Studio’s 2018

    During the first weekend of September, NICC and studio Start Studio present ‘OPEN STUDIOS 2018, Antwerp, made by artists’, the fourth edition of the professional studio route that highlights the presence of visual artists and creative entrepreneurs in the city.

    Discover together with organizers NICC and Studio Start that OPEN STUDIOS is more than just studio visits. What is the importance of artists and of space for artistic development and presentation in a city? And how can artists and the city work together on affordable creation and presentation places for professional practices with an international potential?

    Open Studios 2018 offers you a professional studio route past the studios of more than 200 visual artists and creative entrepreneurs on Sunday 2 September and an OFF Program of artist-run spaces on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September. In the spring of 2019, Open Studios will present a symposium and publication about ‘the Artist & the City’.

    Sunday, September 2, 2018

    – STUDIOROUTE, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    more than 200 professional artists open their studios to the public. Discover how, among others, Nel Aerts, Koen van den Broek and Guillaume Bijl work and be inspired by the presence, multitude and diversity of artistic practices and the talents of tomorrow, are anchored in the city, but are also internationally networked.

    At the info point at the MAS Antwerp Art Pavilion you can pick up a city map and you can see work by Michiel Alberts, Kitty Kamp, Stef Van Looveren, Lore Van Roelen & Patries Wichers.

    – OFF PROGRAM, 2 – 7 pm
    In addition to a professional studio route, Open Studio’s draws attention to the artist-run spaces in the city, often dynamic initiatives where artists co-produce and present work by other artists:
    ABC Klubhuis, AIR, C A S S T L, De Nor, Pink House, Pinkie Bowtie, Basement.

    Saturday 1 September and Sunday 2 September:

    – International visitors program: new this year is the launch of an international visitors program on the initiative of Kunstenpunt: 7 young international curators are invited to the studios of a selection of artists and are given a tour along the artist-run spaces by Antwerp artists such as Leon Vranken, Ria Pacquée and others and sector professionals.

    This intense encounter gives them a image of the dynamics of the art scene and professional artistic practices in the city of Antwerp.

    – Hicham Bouzid, curator Think Tanger, Tanger
    – Pauline Doutreluingne, independent curator, Berlijn
    – Sonia Fernandez Pan, curator and writer, Esnorquel, Barcelona
    – Kate Strain, director Grazer Kunstverein, Graz
    – Jérôme Mayer, curator Les Brasseurs, Liège
    – Yasmina Reggad, independent curator, London, Athens and Algiers
    – Rosa De Graaf, associate curator Witte De With, Rotterdam

    The selection of artists and invited curators was done by the partners: AIR Antwerp, Studio Start, NICC and Kunstenpunt with thanks to Helena Kritis and Nadia Bijl.

    In the fall of 2019, Open Studios will present a symposium and publication about ‘the Artist & the City’.


    The Living Room: Pepa Ivanova & Elvia Teotski

    Résidence Croissée is a collaboration between Artistes-en-Résidence in Clermont-Ferrand and AIR Antwerpen. This year Elvia Teotski (FR) and Pepa Ivanova (BG/BE) were selected to stay two months each in Antwerp and Clermont-Ferrand. On 28 November they will present a snapshot of their first two months in The Living Room at AIR Antwerpen.

    Elvia Teotski invites you at 7pm for a guided tour in the garden, in which she recently went looking for traces from the past and the biotopic characteristics of this place. Teotski studied agriculture before graduating in visual arts, in her practice she deduces fictions from different, and often wild, environments. Afterwards, at 8pm Pepa Ivanova gives a performance that is an introduction to her practice in which light functions as artistic material; During this presentation, light and sound become tangible and transformable. Pepa Ivanova studied at the HISK in Ghent and was a researcher at the School of Arts in Antwerp.



    The Living Room: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
    M HKA, Antwerp

    The Guatemalan artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa will have a conversation with the public about his visual art and performance practice on 6 December at 4 pm in M HKA. Ramírez-Figueroa resides in Antwerp as part of a collaboration with Museum M, where he fostered the opening performance at Playground festival. His work deals with topics such as loss, displacement and cultural resistance, and often stems from historical narratives of the Guatemalan civil war (1960-96). After a short presentation of his work, there will be an extensive Q&A with the audience.

    In the evening Lodgers will present its closing performance at M HKA.
    Entrance fee: 1 euro

    LODGERS#16: finnisage LODGERS

    Over the past three months, “On Acausal Connecting Principles” presented five consecutive acts a-causally connected through the reverberations of the 1883 Krakatoa volcanic eruption in nowadays Indonesia. Please join us on December 6 for presentations from ACTS IV and V and the opening of the finissage, which stretches till December 16.

    Performances by
    Milena Bonilla & Luisa Ungar, Ivan Cheng

    Traces by
    Sara Giannini and Raoul Audouin, Adam Bobbette, Mehraneh Atashi


    6:30 pm
    “All Signal No Message”
    Milena Bonilla and Luisa Ungar

    Meeting point: Bookshop

    “All Signal No Message” unfolds the research that Milena Bonilla and Luisa Ungar have mobilized for act IV of “On Acausal Connecting Principles.” During their time in Antwerp, the artists have approached the Krakatoa eruption vis à vis the “Colonial and Export Exhibition” which took place in Amsterdam exactly at the same time. What substrata connect the unconscious logic of the volcano to the oppressive taxonomy of colonial reason?

    Continuing their research and performance project “Pavillion,” the artists employ a variety of materials, archival items and linguistic artifices. This presentation weaves actions and conversations following the idea of volcanic life as a dormant interactivity between lifeforms. Addressing movement as grammar, communication as raw material and information as currency, they intend to establish a game between what we are supposed to know and the vulnerability triggered by uncertainty and unpredictability.’

    7:30 pm
    “Sunset Blister”
    Ivan Cheng

    There are many types of abrasion but a limit to transformation. “Sunset Blister” is a new work by Ivan Cheng performed with Ivey Wawn in their first appearance since 2014. Alongside a video, it is prepared in tandem with 4 workshops for English speaking youth aged 8-15 in Antwerp, and the production of a glass wind instrument blown from melted volcanic pumice, produced by Eric Pipien at LUCA Ghent.

    This performance will occur on the rooftop terrace, irrespective of weather. Please dress accordingly.


    Like a spy, IVAN CHENG has been working from the position of “between” throughout the entire duration of the project. Using observation as a means of operating, Ivan Cheng moved as a liaison; documenting, channeling, performing, and listening to the various acts composing the project. Named as an act in itself, Intermezzo’s proposes a possessive on the singular noun, and re-interprets the gleaned knowledge, reporting after a duration of “passing-as.” Intermezzo’s also marks the opening of the finissage, a non-exhibition of all that is left behind, leading to new beginnings and life forms.

    ➤ ON ACAUSAL CONNECTING PRINCIPLES is a durational exhibition and performance program in five acts curated by the Amsterdam curatorial initiative Heterotropics at MHKA, Antwerp, in the framework of their LODGERS program. Inspired by the Jungian notion of synchronicity, the project adopted the coincidence as a curatorial methodology to research nonlinear time, while questioning the interplay of psychic and physical states.

    ➤ ACTS by Sara Giannini (in collaboration with Raoul Audouin, Adam Bobbette, Mehraneh Atashi (with the participation of Geo Wyeth), Milena Bonilla & Luisa Ungar, and Ivan Cheng.

    Kindly realised with the support of MHKA, AIR Antwerpen and the Mondriaan Fonds.

    film screening Saddie Choua & Stijn Van Dorpe
    film screening
    Filmhuis Klappei, Antwerp

    The videos ‘Voices’ by Stijn Van Dorpe and ‘The Chouas’ by Saddie Choua show personal narratives and how easily this becomes politically recuperated. As a countermovement they both create – yet a very different – artistic portrait in which nuances are lifted and subtleties make the difference. After the screening, the artists engage in conversation with Alan Quireyns about the social discourse that is being conducted within an art practice.

    voices, Stijn Van Dorpe, 2016
    video (26′.55″)
    Voices starts from recordings of stories / voices from local residents of the Tarwewijk in Rotterdam. These stories were collected during the production of Short Cut Tarwewijk, but did not end up in the final video. During (the course of) two afternoons, these recordings were used by local children during a singing workshop in a music studio. The documentation of these workshops demonstrates the political potential of the voice. A double, contrasting transfer takes place; Stories expressing the moral and political visions of local residents (a kind of linguistic / mental architecture) are passed on (like things evolving in life), but in addition there is a learning process that focuses on the voice and its physical, material characteristics. A dichotomy continues to exist between the stories and the musical experiments. The physical space of Tarwewijk and the metaphysical space of art do not really merge or serve each other but rather comment on each other.

    The Chouas # Episode 3 I swear by God Almighty, I say the truth and nothing but the truth, Saddie Choua, 2016
    video, (24′.37″)
    The Chouas – A Work in Progress is not a reality show or a soap opera about family affairs with juicy stories about cultural or religious conflicts. It is rather a context, an environment where Saddie Choua, daughter of one of the Chouas, tries to find and restore the language of the migrant. In the tradition of Frantz Fanon, an existential humanist thinker familiar for his radical views on decolonization and the psychopathology of colonization, she is aware that migrants have no control over ‘their images’. The images of the migrants as we see them in the media are not their images. These images cause a false perception of ‘the other’, leading to distance and alienation. It is her intention to create a context where images, sound and spaces disconnect with contemporary media language wich feeds an excited hunger for exoticism or worse.

    In # Episode3 the artist searches for the ruins of her grandfather’s house in Kebdana in the Rif region. He was there, an authoritative person, and the ruins embody the family history. Apparently twelve testimonies were needed to prove that the house once belonged to the Choua family. Parallel to the narrative, the creation of stereotypes is questioned; Does the reproduction of stereotypes maintain the prevailing powers? When Saddie Choua questions concepts such as origin, identity and roots, strangely enough her search becomes a discovery of (images of) the future.

    19:00 22:00
    Pantea Shayesteh & Sebastiaan Willemen (Chepas Collective)
    BOZAR, Brussels

    Annually AIR Antwerpen and BOZAR collaborate in setting up a residency exchange for visual artists between Belgium and Iran, in collaboration with Kooshk Residency Tehran and EUNIC. On Wednesday 13 March at 19:00 a conversation takes place, departing from the actual experiences of artists in residence this year: Pantea Shayesteh and Sebastiaan Willemen (Chepas Collective). During residencies of one month in Tehran and one month in Antwerp both artists engaged with the specific socio cultural context. Both present works, gestures and interventions, which took place during the residency. The conversation will depart from the question what the necessity is to participate in such a residency and more universal what the role of art is or can be in these specific surroundings and society.

    Pantea Shayesteh is a choreographer and dancer. In her works she departs from the specific role of the woman in the contemporary society in Iran and the restrictions of expression in a place were public space is ruled by the authorities. Pantea Shayesteh collaborates in her performances occasionally with live musicians, who create a soundscape that coincides with her own body language.

    Sebastiaan Willemen is initiator and member of the multidisciplinary collective Chepas together with visual artist Lola Daels. Sebastiaan Willemen focuses on the physical and mental perception of space, the occurrence of liminal space and the urban phenomena behind the metabolism of the city. During his residency in Tehran Sebastiaan focused structures in public space that control the movements of pedestrians, and the way that is dealt with traffic. He does this by the introduction of interventions, installation and the use of video and photography.

    19:00 22:00
    Publieke Bijeenkomst met Matěj Pavlík
    presentation & diner

    On March 20th, Czech artist Matěj Pavlík introduces current developments in his work during an informal and public gathering. The artist is intrigued by all sorts of ‘acts from dissidents’ such as the different forms they adapt, but also invisible gestures of protest, and mutual modes of collectivity. Pavlík’s artistic practice continuously researches the concept of ‘protest’ by connecting independent images, experiences and events. During the gathering, Matěj Pavlík will reveal his fascination for a 17th century experiment called ‘inner eye’ and how this can be related to notions of authorship and internal processes of resistance. Being in the midst of curating the show ‘Image Agitation: The Right to an Image’, the artist-curator will also elaborate on the conception of this exhibition.

    Hinterland Hub
    cinema RITCS, Brussels

    Since the beginning of the 19th Century, artists, philosophers, writers, scientists … have left the city to seek inspiration in the utopian landscape. The locus of contemplation and creativity versus the bustle of the city. Although it is rooted in a longer tradition, the solitary workplace may be best known in the form of Heidegger’s Hütte, his timber-shaggled cabin in the Black Forest in southern Germany. But while these retreats were once an endeavor of creative solitude, contemporary residencies have shifted to a more social and collaborative model. Today, academics and artists apply for international residencies less for isolation but more for social interaction, both with peers and with the local communities. An evolution which is stimulated by local and international funding opportunities.

    19:30 Intro
    19:45 Film ‘Die Hütte’ Sophie Nys
    20:00 Keynote John Tresch (Warburg Institute): ‘Being Alone Together: The Informalities of Neo-Monasticism’
    20:30: Pascale Hurtado (IMéRA Foundation) (presentation in French)
    20:45: Discussion with Jan Ritsema (PAF/MASSIA), Amy Porteous (Bothy Project) and Haseeb Ahmed (artist), moderated by Alan Quireyns (AAIR)

    This event is organized in the framework of the weKONEKT.brussels week (1-5April) and organized by VUB Crosstalks


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    Valentin Cernat

    01.01.2019 - 31.12.2019

    1988, Bucharest, lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium

    Valentin Cernat is selected to participate in the fifth edition of STRT Kit, a one-year development program for artists.  STRT Kit is an initiative of AAIR in collaboration with Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp.

    The work of Valentin Cernat’s explores post-communist narratives, lost myths and confessions. Through an empathetic, whilst an analytical view on the country history the work balances between art and visual anthropology. Whilst an exercise in understanding, an act of healing, the truth is brought back to its place. A non-dramatic strategy, but an authentic endeavor to compromise with the past.

    Valentin Cernat obtained a master’s degree in visual arts in 2018 at Kaska, Antwerp. Her work was on view in the following exhibitions (a selection):Eșantion # 2, part of 4m3. in collaboration with Ovid Pop and Mihai ăovăială, Fotogalerie, Wien, 2018; spooky action at a distance, Dambruggestraat 342, 2060 Antwerp, Blindestraat 35, 2000 Antwerp, Popa Petre 6, Bucharest, 2018.


    Pierre Coric

    01.01.2019 - 31.12.2019

    1994 Liège, lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium

    Pierre Coric is selected to participate in the fifth edition of STRT Kit, a one-year development program for artists.  STRT Kit is an initiative of AAIR in collaboration with Kunsthal Extra City Antwerp.

    Pierre Coric’s offers a reflection on boundaries of systems.  From performances, text and sound, through cunning manipulations of daily objects, means of communicate, the work questions the codes of conduct of everyday life. He places the viewer in front of the chaos, the futility and the improbability of things. He explores  language through words ‘that exist’, ‘do not exist’, or ‘ever see existed’. The question arises: whose codes are these?

    Pierre Coric holds a Masters in Visual Arts from Sint-Lucas Antwerp. His work was on view in the following exhibitions (a selection): Cook It, Boil It Or Forget It, Zuiderpershuis, Antwerp, 2018; To group show, Kavka, Antwerp, 2018; AA-ZZZZZ Solo Show, Rong Wrong, Amsterdam, 2019; Loko Ithaka group show, Leuven, 2019; AA-ZZZZZ Solo Show, hopscotch hall, Berlin, 2019.


    Maxim Rijckaerts

    01.01.2019 - 31.12.2019

    1991 Rio de Janeiro, lives and works in Antwerp

    Maxim Ryckaerts is selected to participate in the fifth edition of STRT Kit, a one-year development program for artists. STRT Kit is an initiative of AAIR in collaboration with Kunsthal Extra City Antwerp.

    Maxim Ryckaerts works as a visual artist and writer. Whilst on repetitive walks in the city the artist collects residual material. An infinite accumulation of re-valued curiosities. Objects lost, made and found. Unintended traces later to be transformed into text, drawings or paintings. Exploring the fleeting mode of the things we see. Sharing an intimate tale of a city.

    Maxim Ryckaerts obtained his master’s degree in 2014 in Visual Arts at LUCA Ghent in Ghent. His work was on view in the following exhibitions (a selection); ‘Also a House’, Haecken en Ooghen, 2019; ‘Ultimate Paint’, In de Ruimte, 2018; ‘Herzamelen’, Croxhapox, 2016; ‘Etcetera 3’ S.M.A.K, 2015; ‘Appropolis’, These Things Take Time, 2015.


    Lola Daels

    01.01.2019 - 31.12.2019

    1990, Brussels, lives and works in Brussels, Belgium

    Lola Daels is selected to participate in the fifth edition of STRT Kit, a one-year development program for artists.  STRT Kit is an initiative of AAIR in collaboration with Kunsthal Extra City Antwerp.

    The work of Lola Daels offers a collection of found objects. A curb, a window sill, a door, or holes in the floor. Objects found in the public space move through the private.  A tension is created. New ensembles arise. With well considered re-arrangements Deals blurs the viewers gaze. The spectator takes a distance. Are we looking at an existing object, a Readymade or a work of art?

    Lola Daels obtained her master’s degree in visual arts in 2014 at Luca School of Arts, Brussels. Her work was on view in the following exhibitions (a selection): Open Studios, chépas collective and Maria Trabulo, Deegar Platform, Tehran, 2019; Souvenier, Open Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, 2018; I feel that we are no longer in Oz, group exh., Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, 2018.


    Eva Van Tongeren

    01.01.2019 - 31.01.2019

    1990, lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium


    Eva Van Tongeren is selected to participate in the fifth edition of STRT Kit, a one-year development program for artists.  STRT Kit is an initiative of AAIR in collaboration with kunsthal Extra City Antwerp.

    Eva Van Tongeren works as a curator and filmmaker. Her visual essays include “Er zijn geen walvissen in Frankrijk” or “”Van ver staat het stil”. Through long-standing correspondences with her subjects the artist explores the limits of personal boundaries. Often resulting in images of serenity, silent landscapes, interspersed with a melancholic voice-over. Her work discusses  hope, commitment, social boundaries and a state of peace. The artist tries to grasp a problem that is not hers. leaving us to wonder How should one handle such delicate topics ?

    Eva Van Tongeren holds a master’s degree in Audiovisual Art from Luca School of Arts, Brussels. In 2016 she received a ‘Special Mention Filmmaker’ at the Cambridge Watersprite Festival and won the ‘Future 1st prize’ at the IN OUT Festival in Gdansk. In 2015 she received a VAF Wildcard Filmlab. Eva is part of the collective called ‘Imagerie’ hosting and curating  film festivals.



    Stefan Cantante

    05.2019 - 07.2019

    Stefan Cantante consciously inverts medium specificity in a coalescence of ostensibly opposing materials. Metal, textiles and industrially manufactured objects converge upon the precarious support system that is the hallowed the canvas. The canonical site of painting is judiciously called to attention by alternative mediums imbued with socioeconomic context that dispel autonomy in favor of agency. Cantante deconstructs social stereotypes embedded within materials like textiles and metal. Approaching fabric as feminine and queer, and steel as cold and masculine, he translates mediums into feelings, imbuing a vulnerability and instability more commonly associated with textiles in his work with harder materials. Similarly, Cantante fills the pores of fabric with paint, rendering it hard and stiff, a process akin to emotional camouflaging. The painterly hang of his textile works deny the medium of its innately soft, human character. Cantante chooses to practie as an outsider, reflected in the connotations of different mediums subverted in his work: high low, hard soft, in out. In a performative gesture resembling costuming, he straddles the spheres of theatre, art and fashion, playfully endowing and eschewing high art delineations through use and disuse of (the) canvas. (Sarah Crowe)

    Sefan Cantante (°1992, Munich) lives and works in Frankfurt am Main. He was invited for the following group exhibitions (a selection): Night of Sleaze and Sorrow, Bluebar, Frankfurt/M, 2019; I know what you did last summer, Basis, Frankfurt/M, 2019; After Rubens, Städel Museum, Frankfurt/M, 2018; Something is taking its course, Le Meridien, Frankfurt/M, 2017; superlife, fffriedrich, Frankfurt/M, 2017; before, after the butcher, Berlin, 2016; Festival der jungen Talente, Kunstverein Frankfurt, 2016; out of the blue, wellwellwell, Vienna, 2015; Crumbling Through Powdery Air – Otobong Nkanga, Portikus, Frankfurt/M, 2015; Kunststudent/Innen stellen aus 2015, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, 2015; AfG #62: Castell // Parallel Vienna, 2013


    Alexis Gautier

    AIR_Frankfurt, basis e.v., Frankfurt am Main
    04.2019 - 06.2019

    Within the framework of the annual exchange program between AIR_Frankfurt and AAIR Alexis Gautier participates in a residency of three months in AIR_Frankfurt.

    The artistic research of Alexis Gautier focuses on experiments connected to process, transformation and language. Recent works in Indonesia, China and Nepal are episodes of a continuous harvest of misunderstandings where facts, fictions, myths and material’s specificity become tools to engage individuals into collaborative works. Interventions are documented through films, textiles and drawings.

    Alexis Gautier (°1990, Amiens), lives and works in Brussels. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2015. Currently he is also doing a research project at the University of Antwerp with new collaborations in China. Alexis was invited for the following solo exhibitions (a selection): Pulau Jengerik (Cricket Island), Europalia Indonesia, BOZAR, Brussel, 2018; LODGERS: Oushoorn & Milius, M HKA, Antwerp, 2018; Stairs, Zebra, Bees & Light Purple Jackets, Blue Mountain School, London, 2017. His works were also shown in the following group exhibitions (a selection): The Welcomer, Brussels, 2018; Unsettled, KC Nona Mechelen, Argos & Raversyde, 2018; WORK FLOW, CC St-Niklaas, 2018; Charlama Gallery, Bez Panik, Sarajevo, 2017; Futures Now, Extra City, 2017.


    Wim Catrysse

    Mamarat, Ramallah
    04.2019 - 06.2019

    Wim Catrysse takes part in a residency of three months at Mamarat, Ramallah, the residency program of the Municipality of Ramallah, in the framework of the exchange and exhibition project Everyday Forms of Resistance (2019-2020).

    Wim Catrysse is a Belgian artist and filmmaker. He has worked in various media, but since the late 1990’s Catrysse has focused on the medium of film in the form of multi-channel video installations and single-screen works. More recently he started working within the context of theater. Catrysse’s films are rarely the result of a preconceived idea, but arise from direct and intuitive interactions with the geographical and socio-cultural aspects of a place and its inhabitants. In his recent films Wim Catrysse focusses on sites where industrial exploitation takes place, contested environments where reckless human interaction determines the geography. Wim Catrysse’s approach is an attempt to fulfill a catalytic role in the development of an artistic mind map with regard to the complex relations in a globalized world.

    Wim Catrysse (°1973, Louvain) lives and works in Antwerp. He was invited for the following solo exhibitions and screenings (a selection): Outpost, Belgian premiere, Beursschouwburg, Brussels, 2018; Restricted Area, De Garage Mechelen, 2014; Outward-bound, Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels, 2011; Dusking, LLS387, Antwerp, 2009; Caught in the Act, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2006; Lifted, SMAK, Ghent, 2004; Witness. Listen … and sign as having seen, ARGOS, Brussels, 2001. His works were shown in the following group exhibitions, screenings and filmfestivals (a selection): Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, 2018; deSingel, Antwerp, 2018; Rencontres International, HKW, Berlin, 2018; International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2018; The Living Room XL, AIR Antwerpen, 2017; Ruhrtriennale, Essen, 2016; The Corner Show, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, 2015; Screening Room: Brussels, Temporary Gallery, Cologne, 2012; Fantasy, M HKA, 2008.

    Everyday Forms of Resistance is an exchange and public program that has come about as a result of the collaboration between AIR Antwerpen; CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (U-Jazdowski); Helsinki International Artist Program (HIAP); and the Municipality of Ramallah.


    Lina Laraki

    01.04.2019 - 31.06.2019


    Lina Laraki is invited for a residency of three months in AAIR, in collaboration with Le 18 in Marrakech. Annually the Flemish Community offers a residency at Le 18 for a visual artist based in Belgium. Annually AAIR offers the opportunity for a visual artist based in Morocco to fulfill a residency in AAIR.

    Lina Laraki works with media such as sound, film and installation, through which she researches the affects of the cinematographic apparatus. She does this by questioning the role of space, inside and outside of the screen. Her artistic practices ties in with expanded cinema. Lina Laraki stretches cinematographic ideas such as visual narrative, form and rhythm. She uses movement as both a gesture and a tool. In her performative cinema she uses both the body and geography as sites where sensory sequences unfold. Her practice creates an alternative safe space where emotional resistance can take place. Through reconnection of what is inside us with what is between and outside us, she invites us to reimagine our parameters.

    Lina Laraki (°1991, Casablanca) lives and works in Marrakech. She studies at Central St Martins in London. Her artworks were shown in the following exhibitions (a selection): Guests and Hosts, Guest Project Space, London, 2018; Iconographies de la Rue, Galerie Delacroix, Tangiers, 2018; Communisme des Ondes, Le 18, Marrakech, 2018; I-Screen Program, 1:54, London, 2017; Traverse Video Festival, Toulouse, 2018.

    With the support of the Flemish-Moroccan cultural house Darna, Brussels. (www.darnavzw.be)


    Matěj Pavlík

    MeetFactory, Prague
    01.01.2019 - 31.03.2019 AAIR
    01.04.2019 - 31.06.2019 MeetFactory Prague

    Matěj Pavlík (°1991, lives and works in Prague) is invited for a residency of six months in Antwerp and Prague, as part of the annual exchange project between AIR Antwerpen en MeetFactory Prague.

    Matěj Pavlík most frequently works with the medium of photography and video. Currently he tends to address the form of the short experimental documentary. He sees documentation itself as searching for poetic symbols in reality. He uses apophenia, the tendency to mistakenly perceive connections and meaning between unrelated things, as a method for his short film ‘Masking Captivity’. Apophenia is considered a symptom of paranoia or schizophrenia. In this film Matěj Pavlík sees this phenomena rather as an ‘ability’ to organize occurences beyond ourselves. Matěj Pavlík’s work dwells within artistic and curatorial practice. Together with visual artist Lucie Rosenfeldova, he prepares a series of exhibitions for gallery Etc. in Prague, which carries an umbrella theme “The Right to an Image and Visibility of Protest Movements.” Matěj Pavlík is one of the initiators and artists working on a long-term research project on psychotronics and parapsychology in the Czechoslovakia.

    He was invited for the following solo exhibitions (a selection): Follow to Construct, 209 Gallery, Prague, 2016; Magic Becayse I Speak, A.M. 180 Gallery, Prague, 2015. His works were also shown in the following group exhibitions: Conditions of Impossibility VII/VII: The Psychopathology of the Planet, Kurzor Gallery, Prague, 2018; Telepathology and parapsychogeography, online artwork, 2018; To Live With Gosts, Jeleni Gallery, Prague, 2017; Hand-Antennas: Protocols from extrasensory aesthetics, Josef Sudek Studio, Prague, 2017; A Different End of the World is Possible, fotografestival, Prague, 2016; Agent, Fotograf Gallery, Prague, 2016.


    Marnie Slater

    MeetFactory, Prague
    01.01.2019 - 31.03.2019 Antwerp
    01.04.2019 - 30.06.2019 Prague

    Marnie Slater (°1980 Born in Aotearoa, New Zealand, lives and works in Brussels) is invited for a residency of six months, three months in Antwerp and three in Prague, together with artist Matej Pavlik. This residency is part of the annual exchange program between AAIR and MeetFactory Prague.

    Marnie’s work engages with multiple formats, including sculpture, writing, performance, painting and installation. Collaboration takes an important role in the development of her projects. Marnie Slater examines the deliciously slippery lives of languages, gender and bodies. She did this recently by initiating the temporary exhibition space and bar Mothers & Daugthers: A Lesbian Bar, in a former oyster restaurant in Brussels. In her performances Marnie Slater departs a.o. from literary research and historic symbols to excavate the current status of gender and the body. Alongside her solo activities, Marnie is part of the All the Cunning Stunts, co-curator of Buenos Tiempos Int., co-editor of Girls Like Us magazine, and an occasional editor of books. Marnie graduated with her MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam in 2010, and was a core tutor for the Master of Voice program at the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam (2016–18).

    Recent activities include the temporary bar Mothers & Daughters: A Lesbian Bar, Brussels, 2018 (with Alice Versieux, Byrthe Lemmens, Delphine von Kaatz, Jessica Gysel, Joëlle Sambi Nzeba, Katja Mater and Robin Brettar); Queer Speech Act, a solo performance for the Sandberg Series, Neverneverland, Amsterdam, 2018; Total Eclips, performance as Buenos Tiempos, Int., La Box, Bourges, 2018 (with Alberto García del Castillo, featuring Joëlle Bacchetta and Clare Noonan); Meeting Point 8, Mophradat, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, 2017; Playground, Museum M, Leuven, 2016; Un-Scene III, Wiels, Brussels, 2015.


    Cristina Lucas

    AAIR, POINT Cyprus, Kunsthalle Aarhus
    01.04.2019 - 07.04.2019
    13.05.2019 - 26.05.2019

    In the framework of the European project Excavating Contemporary Archaelogy Cristina Lucas is invited for a residency in AIR Antwerpen. During this period she collaborates with the Lycée Institut Français in the form of workshops that will lead to an educational publication and an exhibition in 2020 in Kunsthalle Aarhus. Together with the students Cristina Lucas creates a mutant flag, existing out of a patchwork of elements from the flags representing the origins of the students. A first visual interpretation of this project will be presented at the group exhibition Null Island, during the launch of AAIR between 16 May – 10 June 2019.

    Cristina Lucas (°1973, Jael, Spain, lives and works in Madrid?) uses performance, happenings, video, photography, installation, drawing and painting to focus on the irrationality of human activities and to contrast traditionally conflicting concepts such as reality and fiction. Her works analyze the main political and economic structures of our time in an effort to reveal the contradictions between the official story, the true story and collective memory. She enjoys challenging historical, social, political and cultural clichés and takes a critical stand on issues such as the position of women, Western domination and humankind’s ambition to control nature.

    Cristina Lucas was invited for the following solo exhibitions (a selection): Color Full Forms, Tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, 2018; Manchas en el silencio, Sala Alcala 31, Madrid, 2017; Cristina Lucas, MUDAM, Luxembourg, 2016; Illuminaciones Profanas, MAC, Puerto Rico, 2016; Focal Distance, Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2014; Light Years, Museo Amparo, Puebla, México, 2011. Her works were shown in the following group exhibitions (a selection): Proregress, 12th Shanghai Biennial, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2018; Manifesta 12, Palermo, 2018; Nada temas, dice ella. Cuando el arte revela verdades misticas, Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid, 2016; It’s money Jim, but not as we know it, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Vienna, 2015; Another Part of the New World, Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Madrid, 2015; Do Disturb, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2015.


    Pantea Shayesteh

    Dancer and choreographer Pantea Shayesteh (°1984, lives and works in Tehran) is invited for a residency of one month in AAIR as part of the annual exchange with Kooshk Residency Iran. Belgian artist Sebastian Willemen participates in the residency in Tehran. This exchange program is organized in collaboration with BOZAR and EUNIC. A presentation takes place on Wednesday 13 March in BOZAR, Brussels.

    Pantea Shayesteh is a choreographer and dancer. In her works she departs from the specific role of the woman in the contemporary society in Iran and the restrictions of expression in a place were public space is ruled by authorities. Pantea Shayesteh collaborates in her performances occasionally with live musicians, who create a soundscape that coincides with her own body language. During the residency Pantea Shayesteh held a performance of several days at the Antwerp Art Pavillion.

    Pantea Shayesteh holds a B.A. in Clinical Psychology and participated in the Fajr International Festival and the Dayereh Festival in Tehran Iran in 2018 with the performance ‘Willow tree that I know’, ‘Arrhytmic’, putative Balance’. In 2015 she performed at Saa Gallery with the performance ‘The Story of Seven Women’.

    Sebastiaan Willemen (Chepas Collective)

    Kooshk Residency, Tehran
    15.01.2019 - 15.02.2019

    Sebastiaan Willemen (°1990, Bonheiden, lives and works in Brussels) was invited for a residency of one month in Kooshk Residency Tehran, as part of the annual exchange between AAIR and Kooshk Residency. The last two years this exchange happened in collaboration with BOZAR and EUNIC. A presentation with Sebastiaan Willemen and Pantea Shayesteh took place at BOZAR.

    Sebastiaan Willemen is initiator and member of the multidisciplinary collective Chepas together with visual artist Lola Daels. Sebastiaan Willemen focuses on the physical and mental perception of space, the occurrence of liminal space and the urban phenomena behind the metabolism of the city. During his residency in Tehran Sebastiaan focused structures in public space that control the movements of pedestrians, and the way that is dealt with traffic. He does this by the introduction of interventions, installation and the use of video and photography.

    Sebastiaan Willemen and Chepas Collective were invited for the following solo exhibitions (a selection): Amman Iman, Flemish-Morrocan House Darna, Brussels, 2019; Khettara, Vitrine, LUCA, Brussels, 2018; Intervention, viavia, Brussels, 2017
    His works were shown in the following group exhibitions: Khial Nkhel Art Space, Marrakech, 2018; Queens Collective, Marrakech, 2018; Jardin Maritime, Brussels, 2017; Next Generation, Please, BOZAR, Brussels, 2016; Er hangt iets in de lucht…, Kruithuis, Den Bosch.


    Pepa Ivanova

    Artistes en Résidence Clermont-Ferrand
    01.10.2018 - 30.11.2018 Antwerp
    01.12.2018 - 31.01.2019 Clermont-Ferrand

    Pepa Ivanova (°1984, Bulgaria, lives and works in Ghent) was invited for a residency of four months in AAIR and Artistes-en-Résidence Clermont-Ferrand, as part of the annual Résidence Croissée exchange project, together with French artist Elvia Teotski.

    The diverse and highly developed multi-sensorial multi-disciplinary artistic practice of Pepa Ivanova is based on an excellent knowledge of science, sound recording, digital design and processing and data visualization. Intangible light, sun and sound are collected through field recording or various methods of data sharing, which she turns into different physical, visual or oral art forms. Each output has a poetic resonance and adapted technology and manifestation. Urban or rural interventions are at the core of this observational practice, filled with stories and soundscapes, surprise and precision. Abstractions, knowledge and facts are transformed into experience. (Caroline Babcock, 2017)

    Pepa Ivanova participated at the Higher Institute of Visual Arts (HISK), Ghent, 2016-17 and is currently a researcher at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Ghent. She participated in the following projects (a selection): Matter over Mater, Goethe Institute, Sofia, 2018; Sun Lullaby, De Singel, Antwerp, 2018; CAMP festival for visual music, Stuttgart, 2018; Composition for a garden – Green ghosts of city poetics, Stadsmuseum Hasselt, 2018; 6 Tunnels Project, Brussels, in collaboration with Lode Vranken and De Bouwerij, 2016-17


    Elvia Teotski

    01.10.2018 - 30.11.2018 AAIR
    01.12.2018 - 31.01.2019 Artistes en Résidence Clermont-Ferrand
    01.10.2018 - 30.11.2018 Antwerp
    01.12.2018 - 31.01.2019 Clermont-Ferrand

    Elvia Teotski (°1983, Toulouse, lives and works in Marseille) is invited for a residency of four months in the framework of the annual exchange between AIR Antwerpen and Artistes-en-Residence Clermont-Ferrand, together with Belgian based artist Pepa Ivanova. The residency takes place two months in AIR Antwerpen and two months in Clermont-Ferrand.

    The background of Elvia Teotski in agricultural science formed the starting point for her artistic practice. It can be considered a ‘cultural’ appreciation of ‘natural’ phenomena. Elvia Teotski sees herself as archaeologist of organic materiology. The substances she works with – sugar, wafer paper, agar-agar, gelatin – fluctuate between the living matter of their origins and a synthetic look. These are substances which industry turns into cooking products and which we have all ingested at a certain moment. Being organic, they are particularly sensitive to changes in the weather: this endows them with a certain plasticity – they can be moulded and sculpted – as well as extreme fragility when temperature and humidity conditions get tricky.

    Elvia Teotski was invited for the following solo exhibitions (a selection): Artothèque Antonin Artaud, Marseille, 2018; La Galerie, Montpellier, 2018; FRAC PACA hors les murs, Vitrolles, 2018; Le lieu multiple, Montpellier, 2017; Galerie du Globe, Toulon, 2015. Her works were shown in the following group exhibitions (a selection: Galerie ZAN, 2018; Villa Arson, Nice, 2017; Bel Ordinaire, Pau, 2017; Festival Oeil d’Oodaaq, Rennes et Nantes, 2016; Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille, 2015; Espace d’art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux, 2014; BJCEM, Ancona, 2013.


    Ans Mertens

    AIR antwerpen, belgië. clermont-ferrand, frankrijk
    10.2018 — 11.2018

    Het boek 10 Stories of a Journey is een documentaire, reflectie en verdieping over het beeldende werk van Karolien Chromiak, Jane Coppin, Elise Eeraerts, Daan Gielis en Lore Van Roelen. Gedurende een jaar waren zij de deelnemers van het eerste STRT Kit traject, een internationaal ontwikkelingsplatform voor jonge beeldende kunstenaars. Het boek is een weergave van de dynamiek die gedurende die in zo een jaar plaatsvindt, de ontmoetingen, ervaringen, herinneringen en invloeden die de kunstenaars een evolutie lieten doormaken.

    Pieter Geenen

    R.A.T. Mexico City
    01.09.2018 - 15.10.2018

    Pieter Geenen (°1979, lives and works in Brussels) is invited for a residency of six weeks in R.A.T. Mexico City. During this residency he explores the influence of the megalopolis on the construction of identity. Next to this Pieter Geenen will research the technical possibilities of the pinhole camera and experiment with super 8 film.

    The art practice of Pieter Geenen includes film, text and photography. His practice articulates a general interest in the suggestive and evocatieve qualities of the landscape, and how that landscape relates to the personal and collective memory and the personal and collective identity. Pieter Geenen tends to translate the complex geopolitical reality into ambiguous reflections on the concept of borders and land. This resolves around places and communities which find themselves between appearing and disappearing, forgetting and remembering, construction and deconstruction, life and death, the utopian and dystopian. As outposts of the Old and the New World they are subjected to war, persecution, colonialism, cultural genocide, migration, economic or demographic changes, globalization and climate change.

    Pieter Geenen was invited for the following solo exhibitions (a selection): This land is my Land. This land is your land’, ARGOS, Brussels, 2015; Pieter Geenen, Museum of Ixelles, Brussels, 2012; Land Ahead, Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp, 2010; Shot by Both Sides – Pieter Geenen & Johan Grimonprez, bkSM #8, cc Strombeek/ De Garage, Mechelen, 2009. His projects were shown in the following group exhibitions (a selection): Visions in the Nunnery, Nunnery Gallery, Londen, 2018; The Raft – Art is (not) Lonely, curated by Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos, Oostende, 2017; COM nu TIES – Thresholds/ Seuils/ Drempels, ARGOS, Brussels, 2017; Some Arguments Later, ISELP, Brussels, 2017; Unfinished Histories: Limes – Voyages de frontière, Médiathèque – Fonds d’art contemporain de la ville de Genève, Geneva, 2015; Blijven Kijken / Ce qui nous regarde/ Dropouts, M Museum Leuven, 2013.


    Polien Boons

    01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017

    1991, Lives and works in Mechelen

    Polien Boons is invited to participate in the third edition of STRT Kit, a trajectory of one year which offers the opportunity to develop artistic practice internationally. STRT Kit is an initiative of AAIR in collaboration with Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen.

    Starting point in Polien Boons artistic practice is the open-minded fascination with which she observers her surroundings and the world she lives in. In recent artworks she positions men as a frail entity against the sublime forces of nature. Man, as center of the universe, always tried to prevail nature. In her practice Polien Boons shows the world cannot be controlled by the human reason.

    Polien Boons was invited for the following solo exhibitions (a selection): FeliXart, Drogenbos, 2015; CIAP, Hasselt, 2016. Her artworks were also shown in the following group exhibitions (a selection): Attitudes to form, Museum M, Louvain, 2015: Rumor has it, Marres, Maastricht, 2015; Exocised, Sint Lukas, Brussels, 2014; Let’s send each other a meal, Maison Olivier, Brussels, s.d.; Vintrine #2, Library St Lukas, Brussels, s.d.; Tank #10, Entrepot, Bruges, 2012; Les Sujets de l’Abstraction, Musée Fabrete, Montpellier, 2012.


    Amber Vanluffelen

    01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017

    1991, lives and works in Antwerp

    Amber Vanluffelen was selected by a jury to participate in the third edition of STRT Kit, a platform for international artistic development in the form of a trajectory of one year. STRT Kit is an initiative of AAIR in collaboration with Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp.

    Public space is simultaneously a source of inspiration and the context where the interventions of Amber Vanluffelen take place. Through the use of mimesis Amber Vanluffelen appropriates and presents phenomena she encounters in public space. In order to do so she uses diverse art forms such as installations, photos, video and performance. She documents her actions through video, but sometimes they just happen, in front of an accidental audience, without any documentation at all.

    Amber Vanluffelen was invited for the following exhibitions (a selection): Horst Festival, 2017; Circuitd’art, 2016; D.art, Arte Nova, Mechelen, 2016; Born in Antwerp, Antwerpen, 2016; Next level, Art Weekend Antwerpen, 2016; A l’état sauvage, Tronçais, 2016; Le Bruit des Choses, Middelheimmuseum, 2016; De lange nacht, Radio Centraal, Factor 44, 2015; Kunst op de campus, In situ 3, Campus 3 Eiken, Wilrijk, 2015; ISM Traveling advice, BLEEK, Sint-Niklaas, 2014. Amber Vanluffelen won the Prize Horlait Dapsens, 2016; Prize department Insitu 3; Prize of the Middelheimpromotors, 2015

    Karen Moser

    01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017

    1988, lives and works in Bern and Antwerp

    Karen Moser is invited to participate in the third edition of STRT Kit, a trajectory of one year that functions as an international development platform, initiated by AAIR in collaboration with Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen.

    Karen Moser’s rather conceptual work can be considered as a conversation with its environment, which is shaped by spatial, temporal, social and political parameters. In her practice Moser reacts on specific situations and conventions. The formed or borrowed objects relate characteristically to an echo that reformulates words, or a parasite, which is analyzing the conditions of its existence.

    Karen Amanda Moser made her BA in Fine Arts in Bern and her MA at Sint Lucas School of Arts, Antwerp. Karen Moser was invited for the following solo exhibitions (a selection): A grain of sand as an island, Spaceburo, Antwerp, 2016; Estimated Position, Lokal-int, Biel, 2016. Her works were also shown in the following group exhibitions: Borg Biennal, Antwerp, 2016; Nothing Really, Stadtgalerie Bern, 2015; Aeschlimann/Corti Stipend, Kunstmuseum Thun, 2015; Bern baby Bern!, Kunstmuseum Thun, 2015; Unsere geteilte Aufmerksamkeit, Diploma exhibition, Kunsthaus Langenthal, 2014.


    Mathieu Verhaeghe

    01.01.2017 — 31.12.2017

    1986, lives and works in Antwerp

    Mathieu Verhaeghe participates in the third edition of STRT Kit, a trajectory of one year which offers the opportunity to develop artistic practice internationally. STRT Kit is an initiative of AAIR in collaboration Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp.

    The roots of Mathieu Verhaeghe’s art practice are situated in the tradition of painting. Over time it has evolved towards a multidisciplinary practice with conceptual and performative aspects, whereby the emphasis often shifts towards actions of the artist. Mathieu investigates the tension between existential weight and lighthearted relativism. His work presents itself as a reflexion of the artist on himself, artistry, and art as object.

    Mathieu Verhaeghe was invited for the following exhibitions (a selection): I love Kippenberger, Galerie BE-Lieven, Antwerp, 2016; Silent Circle, Cinema Zuid, Antwerp, 2016; De Sokkel van Teniers, KASKA, Antwerp, 2015; A L’Etat Sauvage, Maison d’art & design – Les Forges de Tronçais, Tronçais, 2015; Showcase 2015, KASKA, Antwerp, 2015; KoMASK vzw Bachelor Prize, KASKA, 2014; DEUCE Painting sculpture, 2014; Starter Prize, KASKA, Antwerpen, 2013.


    Kitty Kamp

    01.01.2017 — 31.12.2017

    1987 °Netherlands, lives and works in Brussels

    Kitty Kamp participates in the third edition of STRT Kit, a trajectory of one year which offers the opportunity to develop artistic practice internationally. STRT Kit is an initiative of AAIR in collaboration with Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp.

    Predominantly working with video, Kitty draws upon the history of cinema, art and performance. With a keen interest in writing, she pursues a critical approach of her role as an artist and the situation of contemporary art. Moreover, she enjoys appropriating the absurdities of the world through various subjects of interest, and uses techniques borrowed from (popular) culture. Her focus lies on the mystification that arises from demystification and the process of (making) things.

    Kitty Kamp was invited for the following exhibitions (a selection): LUX, LUCA Showcase, De Markten, Brussels, 2016; International Degree Style: Congratulation Show and Exhibition, Ravenstein Gallery, Brussels, 2016; Sturm der Liebe, Etablissement D’en Face, Brussels, 2016; Video Nacht Klub, B_L_I_N_K_K_K_K, Brussels, 2015; QQ’UN/QQ’CH, Brussels, 2015.


    Open Calls

    STRT kit

    01.01.2020 - 31.12.2020

    STRT Kit supports emerging visual artists under 30 who work and/or live in Antwerp and stands for a collective workspace, a curated exhibition, a journey. Emerging artists use STRT Kit as an inspiration, a meeting point and a production house.

    The program operates as an international development platform by offering:
    – A collective work and project space located at the Ploegstraat  Antwerp, shared with the international residents of AAIR.
    – A weekly visitors program with fellow artists, curators and cultural producers focusing on the personal needs of the individual artist’s artistic practice.
    – An interview with HART magazine
    – An international project week (2015 – Beirut, 2016 – Athens, 2017 Israel- Palestine, 2018 – Cairo, 2019 – Morocco)
    – A curated group show in Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp
    – A collective publication

    Apply for STRT KIT:
    – cv + portfolio
    – A brief answer on the following question: “How does your artistic practice relate to the city?”

    in English -Merged in 1 PDF of max. 20 MB, before September 15, 23:59, 2019 to greet@aair.be

    Selected artists will be announced in October, 2019.


    RAVI Liège

    Residence Artistes Internationales Vivegnis, Liège
    01.10.2019 - 31.12.2019

    Since 2016 AIR Antwerpen and Résidence – Ateliers Vivegnis organize an annual exchange program for visual artists from the Flemish and Wallonian regions of Belgium, to participate in residencies in Antwerp and Liège. This project supports a new dynamic between both cities, geographically only 1,5h away, but unknown to each other. In 2019 AIR Antwerpen and RAVI organize the fourth edition of this exchange. This open call offers a residency of three months in Liège, from 1 October – 31 December 2019. Ex – residents in this program are Marie Zolamian, Oscar Hugal, Eva L’Hoest, Ciel Grommen, Gary Farrelly and Ani Schulze.

    This exchange program specifically focuses on Antwerp and Liège and how everyday life unfolds itself in these contexts. Both cities are connected with each other through the Albert Canal, which played an important role in recent economic and social history. The residencies and studios are located at the Vivegnis-site, in the neighborhood Saint – Léonard. The studio spaces installed in an old industrial building connect the residency apartments with Espace 251 Nord exhibition space. More information: www.ravi-liege.eu and espace251nord.tumblr.con

    – This open call is open to visual artists from the Flemish Region of Belgium, with a site-specific art practice and interested in the socio-cultural context of Belgium.
    – The residency includes a per diem of 600 €/ month
    – public presentation during the residency period

    When interested you can apply by sending your motivation, portfolio and cv (in English) until 15 June 2019 to Alan Quireyns, alan@airantwerpen.be. For more information or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us through the same email.

    Artistes en Résidence, Clermont-Ferrand

    AAIR Antwerp
    Artistes en Résidence, Clermont-Ferrand
    01.10.2019 - 30.11.2019 Antwerp
    01.04.2020 - 31.05.2020 Clermont-Ferrand

    AAIR and Artistes en Résidence Clermont-Ferrand organize this year the seventh edition of the Résidence Croissée, an annual exchange program, focusing on collaboration. The residency periods of the Belgian and French artists are organized simultaneously and take place in both regions. This allows to meet each other extensively and introduce one another in the socio-cultural context of Antwerp and the Auvergne region of Clermont-Ferrand, through the perspective of the inhabitant. This residency offers the possibility of collaboration, but also allows to work focused individually. Former editions included Pepa Ivanova & Elvia Teotski (2018), Line Boogaerts & Tom Castinel (2017), Liesbet Grupping & Pierre Clément (2016), Lodewijk Heylen & Baptiste Croze (2015), Joris De Rycke & Simon Feydieu (2014), Kato Six & Michelle Du Sordet (2013).

    The residency period for this year is:
    – 1 October – 31 November 2019, AAIR
    – 1 April – 31 May 2020, Artistes en Résidence, Clermont-Ferrand

    An invitation for this residency includes:
    – a monthly per diem of 600 euro
    – reimbursement of travel costs to and from the residency
    – an apartment and studio
    – a public presentation in AAIR and Clermont-Ferrand

    – 15 June: deadline open call
    – 30 June: selection open call
    – 1 October 2019 – 30 November 2019: residency in AAIR
    – 1 April – 31 May 2020: residency in Clermont-Ferrand

    If you are interested, you can apply by sending a motivation letter, cv and portfolio (in English) to alan@airantwerpen.be. If you have questions or need more information, don’t hesitate to contact us through the same email address.
    Deadline 15 June 2019

    More information about Artistes en Résidence Clermont-Ferrand: www.artistesenresidence.fr.


    All EU Member States and also Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Kosovo*, Norway, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Tunisia and Ukraine.
    01.05.2019 - 30.09.2019

    i-Portunus > Test of a new cultural mobility scheme in Creative Europe countries (visual and performing arts)

    i-Portunus is a pilot project that will test different approaches to supporting short-term mobility of artists and culture professionals between European countries.

    The European Commission is considering the launch of a large-scale initiative to help individual artists and culture professionals ‘take advantage of flexible and short-term result-oriented opportunities’: to move between European countries*, develop audiences and collaborations, find new inspiration and opportunities, and fully benefit from – and contribute to – Europe’s diverse cultural ecosystems.

    Between April and September 2019, the consortium** in charge of testing this new scheme will issue three calls, evaluate the proposals received, and support the mobility of selected artists and culture professionals (visual arts and performing arts – theatre/ dance).

    The first call is out: Deadline: 15 May

    * Creative Europe countries: All EU Member States and also Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Kosovo*, Norway, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Tunisia and Ukraine.

    **i-Portunus is implemented on behalf of the European Commission by Goethe-Institut, in consortium with the Institute français, Izolyatsiaand Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts.

    Lugar A Dudas, Cali

    Lugar A Dudas, Cali, Colombia
    01.09.2019 - 30.11.2019

    Sinds 2018 organiseert AIR Antwerpen in samenwerking met Lugar A Dudas een uitwisselingsproject voor beeldende kunstenaars tussen Cali en Antwerpen.

    Cali is met haar twee miljoen inwoners de derde grootste stad in Colombia en de hoofdstad van het Valle de Cauca departement. Cali wordt vaak gezien als een havenstad, door de nabijheid met Buenaventura, de belangrijkste haven in Colombia die het land verbindt met de kust aan de Stille oceaan. De Panamerikaanse Spelen die in 1971 in Cali plaatsvonden, zetten de stad op de kaart. De stad bestaat uit 249 ‘barrios’ en een uiterst diverse bevolking. Een rode draad doorheen haar bewogen geschiedenis is het bestaan van dynamische kunstenaarsinitiatieven. De meest bekende is de Grupo di Cali uit de jaren ’70 met o.a. regisseur en acteur Carlos Mayolo, filmmaker Luis Ospina en schrijver/acteur Andrés Caiceido. Agarrando Pueblo (Vampires of Poverty) (1978) is hun meest bekende prent. Het is een mockumentary die de interesse in die tijd in heel Latijns Amerika om armoede en geweld in beeld te brengen, in vraag steld en de term Pornomiseria lanceerde. In de jaren ’80 en ’90 kende Cali een moeilijke periode omwille van de macht van het Cali kartel en intern conflict in Colombia. Publieke ruimte werd onzeker en onveilig. Aan het eind van de jaren ’90 legde o.a. kunstenaarsinitiatief Helena Producciones de nadruk op de publieke ruimte door het organiseren van een jaarlijks performance festival die internationale aandacht genereerde. Verscheidene performances in dit festival vonden hun inspiratie in de socio politieke situatie in Colombia en zochten aansluiting bij de Grupo di Cali. In 2005 ontstond Lugar a Dudas, geïnitieerd door kunstenaar Oscar Muñoz en Sally Mizrachi. Lugar a Dudas (lett. vertaling: een plek voor twijfels) is een kunstencentrum in de Granadawijk, aan de Avenue 8, dicht bij het centrum van Cali. Lugar a Dudas organiseert tentoonstellingen, residenties, een summer school, een documentatiecentrum en een vitrine aan de straatkant. De organisatie draagt onafhankelijkheid hoog in het vaandel en speelt een centrale rol in de beeldende kunstontwikkeling in Colombia. Het vormt het centrum voor de artistieke scène in Cali en inspireerde verschillende generaties beeldende kunstenaars een eigenzinnige kunstpraktijk uit te bouwen. Zoals de naam suggereert werkt de organisatie eerder als een laboratorium voor onderzoek, discussie, reflectie en kritische analyse.

    Meer info: www.lugaradudas.org

    – Elke beeldende kunstenaar wonend en werkend in België kan zich aanmelden voor deze residentie.
    – De residentie is open voor beeldende kunstenaars met een site-specifieke kunstpraktijk en een interesse in de socio-culturele context van Cali en Columbia.
    – Deze residentie bevat:
    o Een per diem van 500 euro/ maand
    o De organisatie van een publiek moment in Cali
    o Terugbetaling van het retour vliegticket naar de residentie en terug
    o Woon – en werkruimte
    o Een presentatie in The Living Room (projectruimte AIR Antwerpen) na de residentie.
    – 15 april deadline open oproep
    – 1 september – 30 november 2019 residentie in Cali
    – presentatie in The Living Room, datum vast te leggen

    U kan zich kandidaat stellen door motivatiebrief, portfolio en cv door te sturen naar alan@airantwerpen.be

    AIR_Frankfurt 2019

    AIR_Frankfurt, Germany
    01.04.18 — 30.06.18

    Every year AIR Antwerpen offers a residency period of three months in Frankfurt am Main for a Belgian visual artist. Frankfurt am Main is a hub for the international art world due to its high concentration of contemporary art institutions and events. Among others the Städelschule, Schirn Kunsthalle and the Frankfurter Kunstverein provide a movement of international artists and curators, creating possibilities to encounter fellow artists from over the whole world. The residency takes place in a pleasant apartment at the production -and presentation platform basis e.v. Frankfurt am Main, at the Gutleutstrasse 8-12, five minutes away from the central station. In this building basis hosts exhibitions and a reading room on the ground floor and workspaces for visual artists on the upper floors, thus creating the ideal environment for a residency.

    Ex-residents of AIR_Frankfurt are: Freya Maes, Esther Venrooy & Hans Demeulenaere, Jurgen Ots, Oscar Hugal, Olivier Foulon, Berten Jaekers, Bert Jacobs, Karl Philips and Ada Van Hoorebeke, Koyuki Kazahaya.

    An invitation for this residency includes:
    – A monthly per diem of €600
    – Reimbursement of travel costs to and from the residency
    – An apartment and studio
    – A presentation in the project space basis_e.v. Frankfurt am Main

    Submit your portfolio, cv and motivation to alan@airantwerpen.be before 15 November 2018.
    Selected artists will be announced 30 November 2018.


    Appelstraat, Borgerhoutbeschikbaar

    Co-working places at Atelier DOP

    Atelier DOP currently has some co-working places available. Price: €150/month, all-in. Interested? Send an email to info@dopplatform.be

    Appelstraat 27a, 2140 Borgerhout
    Tomohide Isokawa, Elias Cafmeyer, Matthijs De Block, Elisa Gayrbekova, Mathilde Timmerman, Eline Van Ree, Philip Huyghe, VAK, Dopplatform, Liesje De Bruyn, Leen Bogaerts, Mathieu Verhaeghe, Ken Verhoeven
    882 m2
    start date

    Cristal Monopole, Deurne

    Tweemontstraat 62, 2100 Deurne
    Robin Foesters, Karina Beumer, Jelle Kindt, Edwin Deen, Adalbert Gans, David Dos Santos, Maika Garnica, Willem Coenen, Casaer Joris, Brosens Michael
    600 m²
    start date

    De Wolkammerij, Hoboken

    Adolf Greinerstraat 12, 2660 Hoboken
    Nicolas Baeyens, Bram Goots, Lieven Paelinck, Sarie Van der Aa, Sergey Minyeyevtsev, Thomas Bergstra, Pascal Deweze, Raphael Vandeputte, Tilo Van Lommel, Heidi Ukkonen, Olivia Van Trigt, Athar Jaber, Florence Raats, Dieter Homburg
    1200 m²
    start date

    Dominicanenklooster, Antwerpen

    Ploegstraat 23, 2180 Antwerpen
    Seppe Elewaut, Eline De Clercq, Oscar Claus, Jóhanna Kristbjörg Sigurðardottir, Vesna Faassen, Lukas Verdijk, Marieke Van Loon, Sofie Joossen, Lotte Stek, Natalie Gielen, Vincent Wilms, Raouf Faltakh, Iris Carta, Danielle Bosch, Juliane Noll, Irène Monteiro, Peter Hulsmans, Hannelore Vandepoel, Vincent Verstrepen, Lieve Kramer, Michelle Breemersch, Sara Gillis, Heike Kemper, Marleen Verber, Vincent Verschueren, Joost Elschot, Vic De Becker, Anona van der Linde, Lien Hüwels, AE Architecture Studio, Indianen, Michèle Matyn, Katrin Kamrau, Chris Snik
    1500 m²
    start date

    Gijzelaarsstraat, Zuidbeschikbaar

    place available in co-workingspace

    Starting from July 2019 a place will be available in a 130 m² co-working space. Next to your own desk space, you’ll be able to share a printer, cutting table, photo studio, meeting room, kitchen and a place to put your bike with 3 creative entrepreneurs. Viewing: by appointment only.

    Gijzelaarsstraat 29, 2000 Antwerp
    Tomas De Vos, Laure Prouvost, Alexander Tolaro, Cedric Jacquemyn, Jo De Baerdemaeker
    395 m²
    start date

    Hertstraat, Deurne

    Hertstraat 5, 2100 Deurne
    Seppe vervaeke, Pieter Truyens, Flushband Orlando, Francois De Coninck, Jochem Baelus, Groep Arthur, Mulugeta Tafesse, Werner Paenen, Shang-Lie Zhou
    860 m²
    start date

    Kielsevest, Antwerpen

    Kielsevest 23 - 33, 2018 Antwerpen
    Yorgos Tsakiridis, Fia Cielen, Rufus Michielsen, Jack Davey, Philippe van Wolputte, Johann Kauth
    240 m²
    start date

    Klappeistraat, Antwerpen

    Klappeistraat 16, 2060 Antwerpen
    Guðlaug Mia Eythorsdottir, Koen De Preter, Lynn Depreeuw, Ode De Kort, Sarah Daeleman, Fattima Galvao
    225 m²
    start date

    Kloosterstraat, Antwerpen

    Kloosterstraat 173, 2000 Antwerpen
    Fleur De Roeck, Tim Ceustermans, Bruno Sluydts, Marie Verdurmen
    228 m²
    start date

    Ridder Van Parijsstraat, Merksem

    Ridder Van Parijsstraat 18, 2170 Merksem
    Wouter Van De Koot, Walden Art Stories, Berten Jaekers, Peter Morrens, Ben Van den Berghe, Sofie Van Der Linden, Stijn Kenens, Andrej Babenko, Kris Delacourt, Jan Van Dyck, Ellen Schroven, Pia Raeymaekers, Ludwig Lemaire
    1000 m2
    start date

    Zendelingenstraat, Borgerhout

    Zendelingenstraat 38, 2140 Borgerhout
    toitoiDrome, Vedran Kopljar, Gerard Herman
    350 m²
    start date


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    10 Stories of a journey