ISABEL MIQUEL ARQUES
Born November 19, Lleida (Spain)
Mother pianist. Father, businessman and amateur photographer. He gave her first camera at the age of 10, a Kodak Instamatic 25 (still on her desk).
Lives in Antwerp after living in Amsterdam and London.
She is mostly a self-taught artist.
Growing up in a very rich cultural environment but spartan way of living, shaped her way of seeing life and applying photography.
She spent a long time trying to find her own way -between tradition and modernity- 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 schrimp croquet) published by Ludion, where she reflects the artistic Belgian scene by making the portraits of some of their most emblematic members, like Luc Tuymans, Jan Hoet, Michael Borremans, Stephan Vanfleteren, Dirk Braeckman, Jan Fabre…
Since then she has been fascinated 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 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.
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/ Book presentation and exhibition "Blixen/Dinesen"- October-November0 20
2020/ Work in progress on photography and screen printing project.