Grace Ellen Barkey - artist

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The artist, choreographer and performer Grace Ellen Barkey was born in Surabaya (Indonesia). She lives and works in Brussels and is co-founder of Needcompany (1986). She has been creating theater, dance, live art and visual art since 1992. Musical dramaturgy is at the heart of her work, which includes works by Gustav Mahler as well as Sonic Youth. In 2013, the iconic avant-garde performance collective The Residents wrote the music for Barkey's creation MUSH-ROOM.

Since 2016, she has been creating site-specific installations in which viewers are invited to become part of a sensory work. Grace Ellen Barkey has been collecting, photographing and filming flowers, leaves and other plants in her own urban garden in Brussels and in her immediate surroundings for many years. Her visual work has recently been exhibited at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam), Poortersloge (Bruges), CC Strombeek, UZ Jette, Coup de Ville (Sint-Niklaas), M HKA (Antwerp) and mumok (Vienna).

Grace Ellen Barkey was one half of the artist duo Lemm&Barkey, together with Lot Lemm. Her work has been exhibited in several museums, including BOZAR (Brussels), Benaki Museum (Athens), Musée des Arts décoratifs (Paris), CC Strombeek, Dr. Guislain Museum (Ghent), Triënnale Hasselt / Superbodies i.a.

Daily in the Imagined Garden


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