Artist/filmmaker, Wim Catrysse (°1973), lives and works in Antwerp. In 1997, he gained a Master's degree in Visual Arts at the Luca School of Arts in Brussels. From 1998 to 2000, he attended a post-program course at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) in Antwerp. In 2011, he attended Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School, London. Catrysse also participated in the following residency programs:
2000-2001: Artist Residence, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK. (with the support of the Flemish Community)
2006-2007: Artist Residence, Kunstlerhaus Bethaniën, Berlin, Germany (with the support of the Flemish Community)
2019, April - June: Artist Residence in Ramallah, exchange and public program 'Everyday Forms of Resistance'.
Since the late 1990s, Catrysse has explored the boundaries of visual constructions in his video works, based on both self-conceived spatial installations and the topographical features of landscape sites. He translates this investigation into cinematographic works in which the exposing and balancing of primary forces play an essential role. The result is an accumulation of images that jerk us out of our comfort zone, which convey somewhat of a physical threat; images that have about them something unheimlich and often unseat the obviousness of our most common perceptions. Catrysse's specific artistic method combines two incompatible extremes: impulsivity, physical directness, intuition and experimentation on the one hand, and artistic-technical reasoning on the other, often leading to complex cinematographic image constructions.
In addition to numerous film screening events, Wim Catrysse has participated in both group and solo exhibitions at international institutions such as S.M.A.K., Ghent; Ruhrtriennale, Essen; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Jeu de Paume, Paris; MuHKA, Antwerp; CCA, Tel Aviv; Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen; Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona; Extra City, Antwerp; HKW, Berlin; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome.
Wim Catrysse co-founded and collaborates with Escautville, a production platform for audiovisual art.