The addictive force of the internet is real, and who knows this better than Aurélie Bayad. In a post-internet world, where IRL increasingly merges with URL, new possibilities of being seep into our daily lives. In her versatile art practice, Bayad uses video, photography and performance to confront us with the messy and dirty thoughts and desires of our hyperreal (what is real?) identities, carefully constructed to live up to new rules and expectations, set by the digital sphere of fake likes and dark web erotics. Bayad uses her camera, her body and that of others, and her subjective writings to create a new aesthetic language for the new desires of our contemporary culture. In slimy and gooey, ugly and disgusting, cheap and glittery environments, we watch her unfold the personae of her filmed and photographed subjects (often herself). She hides her portraited subjects behind the soft nostalgic hue of the kitschy cultivation of the eighties and nineties, she shoots her films with erratic and exstatic sequences, gives them heart-pounding soundtracks, and fearlessly looks back into the lens, as if asking us: ‘What is your real personality? What is real beauty? What is your true desire, your fetish? Who do you want me to see?’ With her otherworldly beauty standards, her visceral and disgorging, but colorful encounters with food and other quotidian substances, and her frank interrogations of intimacy, giving and receiving, love and abuse - so pertinent that they can make you tremble with self-doubt.
In 2012 she studied in Paris at the atelier de sèvres.
Between 2013 and 2016 she was studying photography at the Royal Academy of fine arts, in antwerp, Belgium. During her studies she went on erasmus in UMPRUM in the studio of Sasha Valt and Hynek Alt. Now she is finishing her masters at Kask, Ghent.
2021 - Tiff, Fomu, Antwerp, BELGIUM Vruchtbar, Het boss, Antwerp, BELGIUM
2020 - Prospectus, AAIR, Antwerp BELGIUM Stardom, IMPAKT Channel, ONLINE
2019 - Dream of Venus, In de Ruimte, Ghent BELGIUM Look at me baby, I’m yours, Penthouse Art Residency, Brussels BELGIUM
Biennale van België, Ghent, BELGIUM
2018 - 3hd festival, Berlin, GERMANY HABITAT festival, Leuven, BELGIUM
2017 - Internet fame, pavillon for “the wrong digital biennale”, ONLINE Nightwatch, FOMU Anvers, BELGIUM
With the kind support by Delegation of Flanders in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Date of residency: 1.10. 2021 – 31.10. 2021