Rinus Van de Velde
Rinus Van de Velde was born in 1983 and lives and works in Antwerp. His practice mainly consists of drawings that hearken back to a personal archive of photographs derived from vulgarizing scientific magazines such as National Geographic or from biographies of artists and scientists. Lately, he often re-enacts found footage or even stages nonexistent scenes in photographs, which he uses as source material.
Van de Velde's overtly narrative drawings are confronted with texts in installations that tell a new and personal story. This fiction takes place in a mirror universe that is peopled by courageous alter egos and who serve as ideal representatives of the actual artist. At the same time, this drawn world is delineated by its own subjectivity: it can be nothing but a fantasy, a fiction, and so beyond its borders lies the great nothingness of the “real” world.