Gaëlle Leenhardt

Graduation year




to dig
transitive verb
1. a : to break up, turn, or loosen (as earth) with an implement
b : to prepare the soil of <dig a garden>
2. a : to bring to the surface by digging : unearth <dig potatoes>
b : to bring to light or out of hiding <dig up facts>
3. : to hollow out or form by removing earth : excavate <dig a hole>
4 : to drive down so as to penetrate : thrust

Dig is the verb that epitomises my practice in the most concise way.

Moving and manipulating what lies shapeless in the soil, I seek to bring to sight the hidden, and thus reveal its traces. I use this buried matter which holds record of the past to reconstruct certain narratives.
The materials I use also have there own importance, usually related to the field of construction (concrete, plaster, lime…). More precisely, those materials go through different stages, and I am interested in what they become…

water tank

Featured events

HISK Open Studios 2020, Oussama Tabti, photo Diego Lama

Open Studios 2020

18/09/2020 21/09/2020
  HISK - Open Studios
New Songs for Old Cities

New Songs for Old Cities

23/01/2021 28/02/2021
Netwerk Aalst, Houtkaai 15, Aalst, BE HISK - Exhibition
TBOT Aankondiging Website
  HISK - Digital Platform
Gaëlle Leenhardt, Mouvements de Masse, 2021
Brasserie Atlas, Anderlecht, BE Exhibition
The HISK Affair, 2021

The HISK Affair

24/06/2021 18/07/2021
Gosset site, Brussel, BE HISK - Exhibition
Publiek Park, 2021. Graphic Design by Victor Verhelst.

Publiek Park

01/07/2021 04/07/2021
Citadelpark, Gent, BE Exhibition
Sonsbeek Quadrennial, 2021

Sonsbeek 20>24. Agora

02/07/2021 29/08/2021
Sonsbeek Park, Arnhem, NL HISK - Exhibition
HISK studios. Photo by Dani Ghercă

Open Studios 2021

17/09/2021 20/09/2021
HISK, Leopoldskazerne, Eekhout 5, Gent, BE HISK - Open Studios
Ulterieur, 2021

Ulterieur 20/21

15/10/2021 15/11/2021
Evolis 91, Kortrijk, BE Exhibition
Various Positions, 2021. Graphic design by Bernardo Berga

Various Positions

09/12/2021 30/01/2022
  HISK - Laureates Exhibition
Various Positions 2021 Catalogue

Book launch 'Various Positions'

15/01/2022 - 18:00 20:00
HISK Gosset site, Brussel, BE Book launch
The Praise of Folly, 2022

The Praise of Folly

28/01/2022 12/03/2022
BEIGE, Brussel, BE Exhibition
I know why the caged bird sings, 2022

I know why the caged bird sings

08/04/2022 08/05/2022
Warp Contemporary Art Platform, Sint-Niklaas, BE Exhibition
Cendar, 2022


28/04/2022 01/05/2022
KBK, Brussel, BE
Gaëlle Leenhardt, 2022

Dans le forêts disparues du monde

02/07/2022 03/09/2022
MAGCP, centre d'art contemporain, Cajarc, FR Exhibition