Meet our artistic advisors
We find it valuable to learn from the many voices who enter into dialogue with our organisation. The artistic advisory board consists of external experts who specifically focus on the artistic programme of MORPHO. Its members meet at least twice a year to review applications for the open call of the residencies or to discuss future plans. The advisors will change every two years, in line with the cyclical rhythm and changing focus of our programme. They will also be invited as mentors in the residency sessions, among others, such as studio visits.
These are the five advisors who will accompany us in 2022-2023:
Yann Chateigné Tytelman
Yann Chateigné Tytelman (1977) is a curator and writer based in Brussels. His interests span from minor histories and counterculture, sciences of the mind to the politics of obscurity. Often working in collaboration, his projects navigate the intersections of curating, publishing, performance and education. He recently acted as the artistic coordinator of the development residency at MORPHO. He is the 2021-22 guest curator of Country SALTS, a new space operating in the countryside near Basel, connecting art and rural ways of life. Since 2018, he also serves as a PhD Supervisor at the Oslo National Academy of Arts.
In recent years, he (co-)curated Gordon Matta-Clark: Material Thinking, Canadian Center for Architecture, Montréal and Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, 2019-22; It Never Ends, KANAL–Centre Pompidou, Brussels, 2020-21; and By repetition, you start noticing details in the landscape, Le Commun, Genève, 2019-20. In parallel, he edited numerous publications, artists books and monographs, including Curating in the educational field, HEAD – Genève/Les Presses du Réel, 2019. He previously held the positions of Chief curator at CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art in Bordeaux (2007-09) and Head of the Visual Arts Department at HEAD – Genève (2009-17). As an independent critic, he contributed to several periodicals, including Mousse, Spike and Frieze.
Helen Dowling (1982, Windsor, United Kingdom) is an artist who lives and works between Brussels and Delft. She works in a multidisciplinary practice focusing on the capacity to convey empathy and emotions through the video medium. In her videos she juxtaposes photographs and objects, basic elements such as rhythm, colour and sound so as to guide the viewer through a succession of sensations that relate to and build on each other. Understanding rituals as constant repetition, she analyses human existence in terms of its most fundamental actions, that generate familiarity through repetition. Drawing on a host of images which she finds, downloads or films herself, she creates video works with a hallucinatory quality, sending the viewer on a visual journey.
Dowling received her BA from Goldsmiths College in London and her MA from the Slade School of Fine Art in London and took part in a two-year residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam. Her recent exhibitions include Something for the Ivory, as part of the Rose Residency Programme with MAMbo – Museum of Modern Art of Bologna, the Sandra Natali Residence for Artists and Villa Delle Rose and Open Skies, WIELS, Brussels. Her video, The Queen of Lemons, won the last Loop Acquisition Award in 2020. Her current research project, funded by Sint Lucas Antwerp, specifically addresses and critically engages with custom porn, analysing and looking at how to incorporate its production structures into the realm of video art, repurposing its acting into new diverging narratives.
Julia Dahee Hong
Julia Dahee Hong (1992, Vancouver, Canada) is an artist based in Amsterdam. She completed her MFA at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (InSitu) in 2019 and was an artist-in-residence at MORPHO in 2020. Her artistic practice addresses emotional and affective labour by calling upon notions of hospitality, value systems, and commodified privilege. She questions the configuration of the tertiary sector by bring together elements of sculpture, photography, writing, sound, and performance. Hong organises Breakfast B Reading Series, a recurring event focusing on artists' writings, active listening, and community building.
Angie Keefer (1977, Alabama, USA) is an artist and teacher based in Brussels. In 2010, she co-founded The Serving Library, an artists’ organisation dedicated to publishing and building an archive of materials to serve artist-run education. Keefer is the editor of History of an Art School (Koenig, 2022), which chronicles fifty years of women students and faculty at the Yale School of Art as told through their testimony. Second Thoughts, a collection of her writings and visual works composed over the last ten years, was published in 2019. Version Space, an ongoing interview series (2019–) convened and edited by Keefer, brings graduate art students into conversation with artists working with Artificial Intelligence.
Since 2019, she has been developing collaborative filmmaking and poetry-writing workshops through public programmes at various museums and universities. Exhibitions include OHRHUT at Kunstinstituut Melly (2018); First Class, Second Thoughts, Interminable Swell at Plug In ICA (2017); and Area Variance at Kunstverein Munich (2015). Her work has also been included in Greater New York, MoMA PS1 (2015-16); and The Whitney Biennial, New York (2014); while her talks and performances have been staged at Artists Space, New York (2015) and the São Paulo Biennial (2012), among others. She currently teaches in the Fine Arts department at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam and at the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem. She studied sculpture at Yale, where she received a BA in 1999.
Tomasz Kowalski (1984, Szczebrzeszyn, Poland) is an artist who lives and works between Warsaw and Antwerp. He shapes a critical and associative portrait of a present marked by accelerated change. His paintings, sculptures and music capture the diffusion of a centreless world and the ways in which such conditions impact our perceptions of basic categories, such as selfhood, space and time. His works suggest a conception of society where sleep, introspection, dreaming and wakefulness are equally present. They assert the unconscious as a liberating force – at once in and out of this world. Kowalski’s universe is oneiric and psychedelic.
His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions including: the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw) and the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis. His work has also been featured in group exhibitions at venues including: Kunsthalle Wien, De Appel, Amsterdam; mumok, Vienna; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art Warsaw; and S.M.A.K., Ghent. Most recently, Kowalski exhibited a selection of drawings and paintings at the 2021 Baltic Triennial and had a solo exhibition at 15Orient New York. His works are held in the public collections of Centre Pompidou, MUMOK, MOCAK, Frac des Pays de la Loire, Francois Pinault and Boros. He is the recipient of the 2014 Drawing Prize of the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation. He runs Alicja, a music label releasing various artists and his own music and audio-plays.