Born in Merksem (BE), lives in Antwerp (BE).
Ria Pacquée (°1954) has been 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 her life for several years. She is accompanied by a photographer who captures Madame's experiences. Despite the light humours approach, the photos present an endless loneliness.
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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Waiting for my man who lo...
Ria Pacquée, Waiting for my man who lost the war, 1989. Photography, colour photograph, 106.5 x 150 cm.
FROM MY ROTTING BODY, FLO...
Ria Pacquée, FROM MY ROTTING BODY, FLOWERS SHALL GROW AND I AM IN THEM AND THAT IS ETERNITY, 2014. Multiple, photo print on barite paper, wooden shelf, flower pot in terra cotta, ground, dymo lettering.
INDIVIDU : DUIDING. Verbo...
Marlene Dumas, Christine & Irene Hohenbüchler, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven / AMVK, Ria Pacquée, INDIVIDU : DUIDING. Verboden verbindingen + Twijfelachtige verbanden (Marlene Dumas, Christine & Irene Hohenbuchler, Annemie Van Kerckhoven, Ria Pacquée), 1991. Book, ink, paper, 42 x 29.8 cm, 31 p., language : Dutch, publisher : Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten/Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerpen.
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Hommage à Bernd Lohaus
20 January 2011.
In order to commemorate Bernd Lohaus, who died November 5 2010, the M HKA brought an homage. Interventions of befriended artists and small pe
Urgent Conversations: Ant...
18 November 2017 - 07 January 2018.
Last year, M HKA was invited by EMST in Athens for the opening exhibition in the new museum building. Today, Urgent Conversations: Antwerp –
EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middl...
15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.
Exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a cooperation between M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and cultural
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MIGRATIE | MIGRATION
Dymphna escaping over sea with her confidant Gerebernus to mainland Europe is a key example of migration, a story in which many refugees will
Eerste verdieping | First...
The video works for the theme Migration can be found on the first floor.