Born in Merksem (BE), lives in Antwerp (BE).
Ria Pacquée (°1954) has been active as an artist since 1979. She portrays casual situations and objects from the everyday world: the street, the market, cemeteries and the desert are her work area.
Initially, her work consists of performances and body art. In the early eighties, for example, she develops the Madame character, exploring her life for several years. She is accompanied by a photographer who captures Madame's experiences. Despite the light humours approach, the photos present an endless loneliness.
Since 1992, Pacquée renounces performance and takes place behind the camera herself. From then on, different series follow. Often, these are pictures of objects found in the street, which are mutually associated through their shape or colour. This way, she shows our environment in a different manner.
Pacquée's later work is characterised by observation, with strong elements of visual anthropology and political commentary.
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Ria Pacquée 'Desert of Fr...
Ria Pacquée, Ria Pacquée 'Desert of Fragments', 2001. Book, ink, paper, 24.5 x 19 cm, language : English, Dutch, publisher : Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen, ISBN : 90-72828-15-1.
Madame Looking for the Ri...
Ria Pacquée, Madame Looking for the Right Direction Without Seeing the Beauty of the City, 1991. Photography.
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LATT: Dialogue #3 Ria Pac...
27 June 2014 - 05 October 2014.
Lonely at the Top (LATT) on the sixth floor has been a platform for dialogue since 2014. In four episodes, an established name in the Belgian
28 April 2017 - 31 December 2021.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middl...
15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.
Exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a cooperation between M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and cultural
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The Flow of the World
THE FLOW OF THE WORLD By looking at the work of Danae Stratou, Ria Pacquée and Kimsooja we thought about the Flow of the World
Permanent Collection 2017...
REMARKABLE PRESENCES A collection grows organically. Aside from its main lines and core references, it is also made up of moments an
MOBILITEIT / MOBILITE / M...
From a technocratic point of view, the term ‘mobility’ refers to road works, trucks, trains and airports. But mobility is also an existential