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Katleen Vermeir is together with Ronny Heiremans part of the artist duo Vermeir & Heiremans. The artists live and work in Brussels. Through their work, Vermeir & Heiremans investigate the complex relationship between art, architecture and the economy in today’s highly globalised world. Having designated their own house an art work, the artists use this ‘house as artwork’ concept as a framing device that questions the role the arts play within the ever-growing entanglement of finance, urban development and governance. Their practice employs financial tools, historical references, technology, and cinematic language to reflect on social codes as well as on the production of value in today’s artistic and non-artistic realms.
Vermeir & Heiremans co-founded Jubilee, a platform for artistic research and production, together with four other artists. Jubilee supports the production of the work of these artists, where research and collaboration are considered essential values. Jubilee also engages in collaboration beyond its own ecosystem by actively inviting guest artists, researchers and other professionals, and developing collective research projects that focus on the socio-economic conditions of artistic production. Our ongoing research,'Caveat' (2017- ) is looking into the artist contract as a tool for improving work relationships.
Vermeir & Heiremans have presented their work (inter)nationally o.a. at the 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007), Arnolfini, Bristol (2009), Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin (2010), Viennale, Vienna (2011), 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennial (2012), Manifesta 9, Limburg (2012), Argos, Brussels (2012), Extra City, Antwerp (2012), Riga Art Space (2013), 13th Istanbul Biennale (2013), Stroom, Den Haag (2014), Rotwand Gallery, Zurich (2014), Triennale Brugge (2015), Dojima River Biennale, Osaka (2015), Curated by_Vienna at Georg Kargl Gallery (2015), Transmediale, Berlin (2016), Bucharest Biennale 7 (2016), Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin (2017) and (2019), Glassyard Gallery, Budapest (2018), Art Brussels, (2018), The Atlantic Project, Plymouth (2018), Pump House Gallery, London (2018) and they took part in conferences: Intersections of Finance and Society, City University of London (2017), Futures of Finance and Society, University of Edinburgh (2018), 11th Critical Finance Studies Conference, University of Birmingham (2019).
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