Edith Dekyndt

born1960 in Ypres, Belgium
lives and works in Bruxelles and Berlin

Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Aria For Inertia, Chapelle de Laennec, Pinault Collection for Kering, Paris, 2022; Concentrated Form of Non-Material Energy, St Matthäus Church, Berlin, 2022; Broken Drawings, Greta Meert Gallery, Brussels, 2021-2022; Visitation Zone, Chapter III, 91530 Le Marais, le Val St Germain, France, 2021; Nothing is Lost. Art and Matter in Transformation, GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy, (2021); You and I Don’t Live on the Same Planet, Taipei Biennial, Taïwan, Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia (2020); Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg (2020); They Shoot Horses, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany (2019); The Black, The White, The Blue, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany (2019); Convex, Concave, Belgian Contemporary Art, TANK, Shanghai, China (2019); Biennalsur, Biennial Internacional de Arte Contemporeana de America del Sur, Musee de la Immigracion, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2019); Luogo e Segni, Punta della Dogana, Pinault Collection, Venezia, Italy (2019); Viva Arte Viva, 57th edition of the Venice Biennale, Italy (2017); Galerie Konrad Fischer, Berlin (2017); Ombre Indigene, Wiels, Brussels, Belgium (2016); Théoreme des Foudres, Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2015). 

Her works can be found in public and private collections such as: Centre Pompidou, (Paris)/ Moma (New York)/ Skulptur Park de Cologne/ Crandford Collection (Londres)/ Albright-Knox Collection (New York)/ CNAP, (Paris)/ Pinault Collection (Paris)/ Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany/ Buffalo Museum, (USA)/ Kadist Collection (Paris)/ MUDAM (Luxembourg)/ Kunst Museum (Lichtenstein)/ Cadic (Amsterdam)/ FRAC Picardie, Lorraine, Bretagne, Pays de la Loire, Alsace et Réunion, (France)/ Mukha (Anvers)/BPS 22 (Charleroi).

She was artist in residence at: Banff Centre for Arts, Canada, 2004/ University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, 2006/ Program Gallery, Berlin, 2007/ University of Nijmegen, Netherland, 2011, University of Hasselt, 2012/ Ne’-Na Artspace, Chiang Mai, Thaïlande, 2013 and 2014/ Akumal Residence , Mexiko, 2012/ DAAD Künstlerprogramm, Berlin, 2015-2016/ Pinault Fondation, Lens, 2017. In 2019, she received the Finkenwerder Art Prize.

By focusing on the sculptural and painterly qualities of the domestic through temporal processes that activate change, decay and even disappearance, Edith Dekyndt brings traditional formal concerns of artistic autonomy “down to earth”. The consequences are profound, focusing on questions of knowledge, perception and reality by engaging the viewer’s fascination and empathy rather than ‘objective’ analysis. While her minimalist approach, which isolates materials undergoing chemical and physical transformations, invites comparison with scientific processes, her focus is resolutely ‘subjective’, oriented not towards results but towards mysterious occurrences. In her work, things come to life in a way that breaks down the ‘object-subject’ debate.