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Making more artworks, being in love, giving love, receiving love, eating and repeating

The June issue usually gives way to a new 20-something list, featuring models, musicians, actors, illustrators, fashion designers, photographers, artists, architects,... and so much more. The people who are a representation of young society in Belgium, a generation ready to rule our world. In 2020, hence the double number, we’re serving you, hungry hearts, 2 editions of our acclaimed list. That’s right, we’re doubling the number of features, starting a bit earlier. Let us introduce you to the faces you didn't realise you wanted to meet!

Stef Van Looveren 
Multidisciplinary artist, Antwerp 

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What do we & our readers need to remember about you?

The questions I raise, since they are very important to me. 


What is the (near) future bringing you?

I’m in the process of making new works, which never fails to bring along new perspectives and ideas.


What are you up to these days?

Most of the time I’m in my atelier, playing around with shapes and colours, they were and always will be my companions in life. 


 

What artists are you listening to?

Sylvie Kreusch, Lyra Pramuk and Arca always know how to bewitch me. 


Which records are you playing most right now?

MAGDALENE by FKA twigs.


What makes your heart go faster these days?

Pictures of my newborn godchildren, Morris & Maurice. 

Every day is a new and exciting challenge

What are you doing daily at 9 pm/9 am?
At 9 am I often turn back to my laptop and journal to write and sketch.
 

How do you bring some routine into your days?

I don’t, every day is a new and exciting challenge. 


What does your face mask look like?

Way cuter than me and I don’t like it. 

What’s your personal utopia?

Freedom from society, from gender and everything that oppresses us, as artists, as gender-fluid people.


What brings you satisfaction?

When I discover new techniques in my work.


What’s your favourite lockdown Instagram account?

@jerrysaltz and the girl that inspired Britney Spears to call for radical love and wealth redistribution @mimizhuxiyuan.


What’s your favourite lockdown book?

Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art. More, in particular, the volumes ‘queer’, ‘sexuality’, ‘moving image’, ‘the artist’s joke’. Each volume in the series is a definitive anthology on a particular theme, practice, or concern that is of central significance to contemporary visual culture.


What’s your favourite lockdown film?

Not really watching any at the moment, but my all-time favourites are Paris Is Burning by Jennie Livingston, Enter The Void by Gaspar Noé and The Holy Mountain by Alejandro Jodorowsky.  


How do you keep healthy?

Creating visual work definitely keeps me sane. 


What’s one of your sources of inspiration that may surprise people?

Sound hasn’t really taken a serious space in my work yet, but it inspires me tremendously.  

Creating visual work definitely keeps me sane

What would you like to be doing in 10 years time?

Making more artworks, being in love, giving love, receiving love, eating and repeating. Not asking for much, right? 


How does the current crisis make you feel?

The lockdown makes me feel intrigued, unsure, emotional, mindful, relaxed and hopeful all at the same time. 


How important are fellow companions now? How do you reach out?

They contribute to what it means to be alive. FaceTime and Instagram are my daily connectors. 


What is the latest/future project you are working on?

I’m working on a fictional character that will tie my works together. Called OBLO. 

 

Did you have an exhibition/concert/show on your agenda these days? Which one?

Most exhibitions got postponed. Some are still on the edge of either getting cancelled or getting realised. It’s an unsure time for any artist, luckily there are organisations that create a new approach to present art during the lockdown. NADA is one of them.

What will the second part of 2020 bring you?

In all uncertainty, I can assure myself that I will create more work. 

 

Who is the person that most influenced you throughout your development in life?

I’ll take the opportunity to thank my mum for the work ethic! 

 

What is the most important thing you’ve learned lately?

To be very careful with my work and the protection of my practice. 

 

Is there anyone in your scene who needs more attention? 

Any LGBTQIA+ ally. 

 

Comfort food/speciality dish now?

Bananas and yoghurt throughout the day. Crisps and nuts at night. 

 

Lockdown hobby?

Going for a stroll to the fridge. In fact, I’m heading there right now. 

@stefvanlooveren
www.stefvanlooveren.com