|Jan Lauwers (Antwerp, 1957) is an artist who works in just about every medium. Over the last twenty years he has become best known for his pioneering work for the stage with Needcompany, which he has founded in Brussels in 1986, together with Grace Ellen Barkey.|
|Deconstructions were made by Jan Lauwers using disused museum material. These museum installations have already been shown at BOZAR (Brussels) and the haus der kunst (Munich) in 2007.|
At the Artbrussels art fair (2007), Lauwers was invited to make a site-specific work for BOZAR. In February 2003 Jan Lauwers wrote and directed a silent short film on violence, called C-Song. This film has been shown to a limited audience several times, during the Needlapbs at STUK in Leuven and the Kaaitheater Studios in Brussels, and also in War is Not Art at the Vooruit in Ghent. In April 2004 C-Song had its official premiere at the Courtisane short-film festival in Ghent.
• The House of the Fisherman (1993-1997)
• Hong Kong Room (1997-2002)
• No beauty for me there, where human life is rare (2002) (Installation)
• The Paradise of Camel Leon (2002-2006)
• C-Song (2003) (Video)
• Rakvere (2005) (Video)
• A12-cycle, den Boomsesteenweg (2005-2006)
• RESTLESSNESS, Jan Lauwers, PSK/PBA Brussels, curated by Jérôme Sans (6 March 2007 - 6 May 2007)
• The Archives of Saul J. Waner at Charim Ungar Berlin I CUC (5th February 2010 - 12th of March 2010)
• The Entertainer’s Private Room at Charim Galerie Wien (1st March 2011 – 2nd March 2011)
• Grimbergen 2002, curated by Luk Lambrecht
• Grasduinen 2004, SMAK-aan-zee, Bredene, curated by Cis Bierinckx, 2004
• DARK, Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, curated by Rein Wolfs and Jan Grosfeld, 2006
• Down to Earth, Strombeek cultural centre, curated by Luk Lambrecht, 27 February - 5 April 2009
• curated by_vienna 09, From Europe to Asia and back, again. Living in a suitcase, curated by Jérôme Sans, 6 May - 30 June 2009
• The Tragedy of The Applause - Roubaix at La Condition Publique (Roubaix) 26 November 2009 – 23 December 2009
• The Tragedy of The Applause - Strombeek - the Good, the Bad & the Ugly, PART I, at CC Strombeek (Brussels) 25 September 2010 – 21 October 2010
• The Lucidity of the Obscene, Needcompany in cooperation with IT&FB publishing company, Vanden Abeele, Maarten (Brussels/Amsterdam), 1998.
• DWB 06 4 - Literary Magazine (Dutch) - Texts from & about Jan Lauwers, a separate quire
(16 pages) is available: Polaroids: 'The Paradise of the Camel Leon'
|In a world that has reverted to a 'superficial realism' in a bid to survive, Jan Lauwers uses words and images to mark out a singular territory in which hysteria, the absurd, the inexpressible, freedom and disarray can coexist and even become one. Jan Lauwers deploys his well-rounded personality to create risky openings to spheres rendered invisible by our modern world.