Marie-Jo Lafontaine

Year and place of birth: 1950, Antwerp, Belgium Location: Brussels, Belgium

Marie-Jo Lafontaine is one of the pioneers of Belgian video art and has already been using this medium for its aesthetic qualities since the late 1970s. What characterises her video work is that it takes the form of an installation: by combining several elements, it is as if she were creating ‘video sculptures’. The thread running through Lafontaine’s work is the focus on the great themes such as ‘eros and thanatos’, ‘passion’, ‘violence’ and ‘sexuality’, the most extreme human emotions. The artist emphasises the inescapable nature of the emotions represented.

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