Erik van Lieshout, born in 1968, lives in Rotterdam. For 25 years his work has been part of many important exhibitions worldwide. Solo exhibitons a.o. at Kunstverein Hannover; WIELS, Brussels; Kunsthalle Wien; MMK Frank furt; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Participation in Thessaloniki Biennale 2015, Moscow Biennale 2013, 55th Venice Biennale 2011 et al.
Selected Films: The Basement (2013), JANUS (2012), Sex ist sentimental (2009)
(NLD 2016, HD, 38’, Dutch-German-English)
KINO DER KUNST Main Award 2017
Art eccentric Erik van Lieshout uses his contribution to the exhibition Emscherkunst 2016 in the Ruhr Region, curated by Munich art professor Florian Matzner, to create a clownish parody about selfdiscovery and the infi ltration of government agencies. Every day for four months, he visits a small island in the middle of Dortmund‘s Phoenix Lake, a surreal environment consisting of the lake, expensive apartment buildings, workers‘ quarters and office blocks. He is accompanied only by Ahmad, a Syrian refugee, whose biography he simultaneously tells.