ISABEL MIQUEL ARQUES


Born November 19, Lleida (Spain)

Fine Art Photographer

Writer

Storyteller


Daughter of a concert grade pianist and a businessman/photographer. Her father gave her her first camera at the age of 10, a Kodak Instamatic 25 (still on her desk).

Started her career as photo assistant and gallery assistant in a photo gallery in Lerida (Spain)

Moved to Barcelona. 

Moved to Amsterdam, working with the camera obscura specialist Ilan Wolff for La Cite des Arts (Paris).

Moved to London.

Living currently in Antwerp 

She finds her own way -between tradition and modernity- in creating a path where her photographic work is strong influenced by the art of painting in textures, colours and composition.

This is first to perceive in her photo book “Portret met garnaalkroket” (Portrait with shrimp croquet) published by Ludion, where she reflects the artistic Belgian scene by making 47 portraits of some of their most emblematic members, like Luc Tuymans, Jan Hoet, Michael Borremans, Dirk Braeckman, Stephan Vanfleteren…

Fasscinated by the relationship in history between her country of birth, Spain, and her country of adoption, Belgium.The result of her studies and observations about this subject, along with her cogitations on the photography world of today are the core of her exhibition “Agitation”.

In "Agitation" the artworks are presented in old, tore, unprinted newsprint paper, emphasizing the idea that we are all full of traces. Traces have to be seen and not hidden, as traces make us who we are.

 

In her exhibition "Here be lions", she works with the concept of longing and the many forms it might take. In this case the influence and references to the cinema and the photographic negatives is clearly palpable.

 

Inspired by a poem by Lucie De Roeck “Après l’Averse” (After the Downpour") is presented in literal and metaphorical way. Water, emotion and light.

Poetry, fragility and strength in our everyday life.

 

Exhibitions

2009/ Exhibition at Gallery Van De Weghe  (Antwerp) “Portrait with schrimp croquet”. Based on her book with the same title published by Ludion.
2010/ Exhibition “Portrait with schrimp croquet”, Soledad Senlle Gallery - Amsterdam.
2012/ Exhibition “Agitation” Ingrid Deuss Gallery – Antwerp
2015/ Exhibition “Here be lions” Ingrid Deuss Gallery – Antwerp
2015/ Publishing “Here be lions” book.
2015/ Invited artist with her audiovisual project “Music box” to KADS (Kunst aan de Schinkel- Art along the Schinkel) in Amsterdam. Art in public spaces.
2016/ Artwork “To See” for the TAG Foundation - Antwerp.
2018/ Exhibition “Après l’Averse/After the Downpour” Ingrid Deuss Gallery – Antwerp
2019/ Invited artist to develop a personal artistic project at Karen Blixen Museum - Copenhagen

2019/ Invited by Mostapha Romli as artist in residency at the Center of Contemporary Art Ifitry, in Essaouira (Morocco)

2020/ Participation in The Wunderwall-Gallery Sofie van de Velde (Antwerp)

2021/ Art Book presentation and exhibition "Blixen/Dinesen" (date of release to be confirmed) 20

2021/ Exhibition Screen Printing project (date to be confirmed)

Publications

De Standaard, De Morgen, Art.Es, Hart, Xtart.es

 

 

Married and mother of 4 children

 

Started her career as photo assistant and gallery assistant in a photo gallery in Lerida (Spain)

Moved to Barcelona.

Moved to Amsterdam a the age of 27