Born in Antwerp (), lives in Brussels ().
Marie-Jo Lafontaine photographs, paints and sculpts. She creates tapestries, paintings, sculptures and photo- and video installations. In her very varied oeuvre, she investigates different aspects of human identity. Without moralizing or answering the questions raised, the artist treats themes such as violence, identity, sexuality and death. Ambiguity is a recurrent characteristic in her oeuvre. Lafontaine’s protagonists occupy the middle ground between opposites like the saint and the scoundrel. Her subjects share this same dual nature. She treats, for example, the power of the attraction of death or the lust-related aspect of violence. The artist finds inspiration in philosophers and poets like Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Charles Baudelaire, Rainer Maria Rilke and Federico García Lorca. Her installations are often overwhelming in their monumental setup, the dramatic use of music, the fact that you literally have to step in, the near-ritual repetition of the same images… Escape is impossible. What we take in usually has more the effect of amazement than enlightenment. The figures that appear in her installations carry out various acts, but the storyline and context are lacking. It remains unclear who the protagonist is, where the scene is taking place, what happened before, what happened after. There are suggestions, but nothing is made explicit.
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Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, 1979. Book, ink, paper, 30.5 x 22 cm, loose-leaf, language : Dutch, French, publisher : ICC/Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerpen.
La Batteuse de palplanche...
Marie-Jo Lafontaine, La Batteuse de palplanches [The Piling Rig], 1979. Installation, dvd, 00:59:57.
History is against forgiv...
Marie-Jo Lafontaine, History is against forgiveness, 1992-1996. Installation, wood, glass, photo, oil, 160 x 391 x 6 cm.
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EXTRA MUROS: Visite Diest
27 November 2014 - 21 December 2014.
Under the umbrella termVisite, the M HKA – in collaboration with LOCUS, the hub for libraries, cultural and community centres and local cultu
A NON-U-MENTAL HISTORY OF...
22 January 2022 - 23 April 2022.
On the occasion of fifty years of avant-garde art in Antwerp, various aspects of the Internationaal Cultureel Centrum (International Cultural
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Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public