Lives in Antwerp (BE), born in Merksem (BE).
Ria Pacquée is active as an artist since 1979. She portrays casual situations and objects from the everyday world: the street, the market, cemeteries and the desert are her work area.
Initially, her work consists of performances and body art. In the early eighties, for example, she develops the Madame character, exploring its life for several years. She is accompanied by a photographer who captures Madame's experiences.
Since 1992, Pacquée renounces performance and takes place behind the camera herself. From then on, different series follow. Often, these are pictures of objects found in the street, which are mutually associated through their shape or colour. This way, she shows our environment in a different manner.
Pacquée's later work is characterised by observation, with strong elements of visual anthropology and political commentary.
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Zonder titel [Untitled]
Ria Pacquée, Zonder titel [Untitled], 1992. Installation, colour photo, 490 x 690 cm.
Have you accepted that wh...
Ria Pacquée, Have you accepted that whatever seems to be is not, and that that which seems not to be is?, 1991. Photography.
Document for the right to...
Ria Pacquée, Document for the right to the everyday, 1999-2000. Photography.
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Superdemocracy – The Sen...
01 October 2017 - 31 October 2017.
The exhibition SUPERDEMOCRACY engages with the collections of M HKA (Antwerp) and BPS22 (Charleroi). The exhibitions allows the voices of ind
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Since the end of May 2002, the M HKA has strayed from the beaten track of museum catalogues. The M HKA does not consider a systematic thereof
"... They cannot be reduced. They’re not representable. The claim of the complexity of their design is irreducible. They never give the impre
Permanent Collection 2017...
REMARKABLE PRESENCES A collection grows organically. Aside from its main lines and core references, it is also made up of moments an