Born in Mechelen (), lives in Brussels ().
Sven Augustijnen makes videos and films where he takes a critical look at reality. A reality that we all experience as matter-of-fact but, in his work, comes over as complex and cloudy. In his early work, language and its use is a recurrent motif. He exposes the conventions and arbitrariness in our use of language. In his recent work he concentrates on portrait series. Sven Augustijnen unravels reality, with a focus on Brussels, home-base of the artist and setting for most of his films. He intentionally seeds confusion between formats like the docusoap, human-interest, pseudo-documentaries and home-movies. He plays with the conventions and frontiers of the documentary tradition on the one side, and the fictive possibilities of film on the other. The stories that Sven Augustijnen tells are entertaining. As a viewer we’re easily swept along. But the artist misleads us; we voyeuristically observe various events where fact and fiction are not easy to tell apart. As a viewer, we are taken to that strange ‘in-between’ that the artist creates for us.
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Imbéciles de tous les pay...
Sven Augustijnen, Imbéciles de tous les pays unissez-vous!, 2018. Other.
L'école des pickpockets [...
Sven Augustijnen, L'école des pickpockets [The School for Pickpockets], 2000. Video, dvd, 00:52:00.
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MONOCULTURE | A Recent Hi...
25 September 2020 - 25 April 2021.
Artists include: Hannah Höch, Lovis Corinth, Karl Hofer, George Grosz, Carol Rama, Werner Peiner, Belgian Institute for World Affairs, Joseph
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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