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Marie Julia Bollansée


Ashmina Ranjit
Nepal Art Council


Marie Julia Bollansée’s work is about people, about their lives and deaths and about the quest in the no man’s land in between. After her education as a classic sculptor, the physical remains a constant factor in Bollansée’s videos and performances.

Marie Julia Bollansée’s dramatic power of observation is reflected in her video work. She frequently takes the role of the observer, translating age-old human themes into images that we can all relate to. Her performances bring the everyday but often hidden forces into the light.

She is fascinated by the reactions caused by unexpected interactions and collaborations.  “I try to detect the chemistry between people and to formulate this in my work so that viewers become more aware of their humanity. I want to expand the frontiers of the perceptible. I’m convinced that people urgently need to see and understand the essential, but too often invisible, motives and sources in today’s society.”

Colour is a significant element in Bollansée’s work, with blue being an overwhelming presence. Recently the artist defined her new kind of blue: ‘Tarpaulin blue’, which she identifies as a common determinator for 21st century human experience.

Her work was selected by the Jackson Pollock Foundation in 2000. It was on view at several venues in Belgium and the Netherlands, and a.o. in Moscow, Istanbul, Vladivostok, Dresden, Mumbai and Paris. Her work is in the permanent collection of  M HKA, Museum Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, and in several private collections.