PAUL WILLEMSEN

Advisor

Paul Willemsen is a Belgian based curator and writer. He graduated as a film director from the RITS School for Audiovisual and Performing Arts in Brussels. Initially starting out for Flemish Belgian television as a documentary maker on contemporary visual art and cinema he soon switched for writing and curating. From 1996 to 2012 he was artistic director of Argos, a Brussels based centre for art and media. For Argos he curated acclaimed group shows as No Place – Like Home, Interstitial Zones and Actors and Extras. He collaborated with artists such as Harun Farocki, Andrea Geyer, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Rinko Kawauchi, Jordi Colomer, Vito Acconci, David Claerbout, Markus Schinwald or Susan Philipsz for solo exhibitons. Furthermore he organised various lectures, events and screening series, amongst others retrospectives of Robert Frank, Alexander Kluge, Ken Jacobs, Pierre Huyghe and Artur Żmijewski. Before joining Argos Willemsen worked for different institutions in Belgium and Holland, amongst others as editor-in-chief of the visual culture journal AS (Antwerp) and professor at the Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design.  He frequently lectures – most recent on the work of Joëlle Tuerlinckx – and has published from the late eighties to present over two hundred articles in different Belgian and European art periodicals. He edited or co-edited more than twenty publications, amongst them artists’ catalogues of Peter Downsbrough, Lili Dujourie, Mark Lewis, Aglaia Konrad and Rosa Barba. Essay contributions appeared in Stuff it, the video essay in the digital age (Zürich, 2003), the Argos Festival catalogue (Brussels, 2005), Actors and extras (Brussels / Munich, 2009) and Manières Noires (Mons, 2010).