November 14, 2014


Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK)
Marge Monko, Punane Koit (Red Dawn) (video still), 2013. Video, 4:10 minutes.

Artists: Kasper Bosmans (BE), Liesbeth Doms (BE), Marthe Ramm Fortun (NO), Andrea Galiazzo (IT), Nicolas Lamas (PE), Lola Lasurt Bachs (ES), Marge Monko (EE), Nicolas Pelzer (DE), Katerina Undo (EL), Birde Vanheerswynghels (BE).

Curator: Gertrud Sandqvist SE

A DVD will be published on this occasion.


HISK offers a post-academic course in audiovisual and visual art. The institute provides 25 young artists from Belgium and abroad each individually with a studio for two years. At the institute the emphasis lies on individual practice. The program aims to achieve a practical balance between study in the studio, discussions with visiting lecturers, workshops, reading groups, field trips and public presentations. The international and culturally diverse composition of the candidate laureate group makes for cross-pollination and dialogue. The diversity of the international visiting lecturers (such as artists, curators, critics, theoreticians) provides a framework within which the candidate laureates learn to examine their own work with a critical eye. The unique concept of HISK allows participants a wide range of opportunities to invest in critical research for their work within a broader artistic, cultural and societal context. At the end of a two-year cycle, the candidates receive a “Laureate of the Higher Institute for Fine Arts” certificate. Since 1997, 207 laureates have graduated from the institute. The majority of them are now pursuing successful professional careers in the international art world.

HISK is recognized by decree of the Flemish Ministry of Education, financed by the Flemish Community and supported by the City of Gent.

HISK is sponsored by Vedett and Levis.

Lola Lasurt is supported by La Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Cultura. Nicolas Pelzer is supported by Kunststiftung NRW.


Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) laureates 2014 exhibition

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