20-something

Roel Heremans

Age: 28
Location: Brussels, Ghent
Instagram: @roelheremans

Roel Heremans is a young artist who is constantly reinventing himself. With a residency at HISK for a year and many exhibitions to come, the guy is unstoppable. Roel started his work as an artistic reflection on a severe accident he went through and of which he doesn’t remember anything. In his work he seeks hybrid artistic forms in between performance, sound, conceptual art, imagination, radio and literature. From this experience it seems our brain can be a nest in which reality, fantasy, observations and memories live together. He’s now working on his Room # series, where he recreates abstract rooms from fragmented memories. Every now and then, a new room will be created and featured at an upcoming exhibition

Photo by Yaqine Hamzaoui

What’s your specialty?
Building abstract rooms of fragmented memories.

How do people know you?
As someone playful and curious.

What are you working on?
I’m working on a new Room in my Room # series. You’ll be able to visit Room E in the space of curatorial studies during the graduation festival in KASK Ghent.

What will the second part of 2018 bring you?
New experiments, new forms, new works.

Every conversation is a series of mental projections until somebody realises this and starts to listen

Are you part of a crew?
No, but I would love to be.

Do you think it’s important to have a good social entourage?
Yes, of essential importance.

How did peers influence your life?
Quite a lot.

If so, what is the most important thing you’ve learned from it?
That every conversation is a series of mental projections until somebody realises this and starts to listen.

Take advice, even if it hurts

Who has most influenced you in life?
My twin brother.

Do you experience peers more like a positive or a negative phenomenon?
I used to dislike the notion of a group, now I’m seeing the necessity and the possible empowerment of it.

Do you feel the need to conform to those around you?
It depends on the context but in general I especially tend to only to listen to those who I admire.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned?
Take advice, even if it hurts.

Is there anyone in your scene who needs more attention?
The artist Philip Janssens.