Stef Van Looveren


Stef Van Looveren (BE,1992) is an Antwerp based artist. He studied Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins, London and Sint-Lucas, Antwerp. He is the winner of the third edition of the STRT Schot award, an initiative of Studio Start vzw, awarding a prize to a graduate artist selected out of the two art school in Antwerp (St Lucas Unversity of Antwerp and KASKA).Stef Van Looveren’s practice translates itself into video installation, photo and collage. The installations are used, as an attempt to reflect and dismantle the performativity of our human behaviour, primarly within the notion of gender. Playfully mimicking our social conducts along with visual culture, his work moves towards a surreal gesture. As Stef Van Looveren has always had an interest in questioning gender in relation to sexuality and identity it seemed only logical to evolve in his 3 sided art project which started more than 3 years ago. His solo show “O” at Barbé Urbain gallery will show the final and 3rd chapter of these works. Every chapter has it’s own colour. The first one ‘HIR’, a gender-related term that can be interpreted as wide or as narrow as someone identifies hirself with. This is the green chapter. Stef Van Looveren translates different personalities in a fluid way. During this process he creates an environment to think about the transformative state of this construction. In the second, blue chapter he brings these personalities together in an almost blue, paradisiacal sea. Here he also adds other persons to let them interact with each other. The third and final chapter is the red one “O” which focuses on the body an sich. By adding or removing certain characteristics Van Looveren investigates the influence of these changes on all other aspects. This makes the solo exhibition ‘O’ the final piece of the triptych which brings all the previous parts together. Green, blue and red or RGB, a combination of colours that is able to create any possible colour. This underlines the artificial construction of the arbitrary bounderies in our society and the associated reflected personality.

Exhibition view Stef Van Looveren 'O', Barbé Urbain gallery, Ghent

Exhibition view Stef Van Looveren 'O', Barbé Urbain gallery, Ghent



Stef Van Looveren (BE, 1992) Lives and works in Antwerp



2018 ‘O’, BARBÉ URBAIN, Ghent BE
2018 Radical Hope, HOLE OF THE FOX, Antwerpen BE


2017 ETCETERA, S.M.A.K. Ghent, curator: Nadia Bijl,  Ghent BE
2017 Capara Showcase, GALLERY SOFIE VAN DE VELDE, Antwerp BE
2017 En cours d’installation, VALERIE TRAAN GALLERY, Brussels BE
2017 Irrepressible, FRONT STUDIO, START SCHOT prize – Studio Start, Antwerp BE
2016 Open studios, MAISON CONTRAIRE, Antwerp BE
2016 ‘I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy’, DIY, Antwerp BE
2016 Nacht van de beeldende kunst, curator: Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx, DE STUDIO, Antwerp BE
2016 Please come to the show, KATLEEN VINCK, Antwerp BE
2015 Graduation Show BA, curator: Geoffrey De Beer, SINT-LUCAS, Antwerp BE
2015 ‘ONE HOUR’,VIRTUAL INTRA MUROS, world wide web
2014 CSM Open Studio, CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS, London GB