14/11 – 13/12/2009: ‘La Conquête de l’Espace’, HISK/Higher Institute of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium
Location: Charles de Kerchovelaan 187a, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Curated by Oscar van den Boogaard
With works by: Mike Carremans, Ermias Kifleyesus, Emi Kodama, Niklaus Rüegg, Ruth Sacks, Bastiaan Schevers, Anne Schiffer, Joris Van de Moortel, Frederik Van Simaey, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Sarah Westphal
The Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) organizes postgraduate education in Flanders in the field of the audiovisual and visual arts. It provides approximately twenty-five young artists from Belgium and abroad with a studio of their own for the duration of two years along with specific, tailor-made guidance.
At the HISK, emphasis lies mainly on individual practice with an international focus. The visiting lecturers are crucial.
Artists, curators, critics and theoreticians pay individual studio visits at regular intervals. There are also frequent visits to significant art events and lectures, seminars and workshops are provided. The HISK also offers technical facilities and production opportunities.
Thanks to the unique HISK concept, the participants are given every opportunity to invest in critical research of their work in order to situate it within a broader artistic, cultural and societal context.
At the end of the two-year working period, the participant receives a certificate of ‘Laureate of the HISK’. The HISK is officially recognized as Higher Institute and is financed by the Flemish Community – Ministry of Education and supported by the City of Ghent.
Since 1997, 148 laureates have graduated from the HISK. The largest part of them are currently building up a successful professional career in the Belgian and international art world.