Ann Veronica Janssens
°1965, Folkstone (UK) – lives and works in Brussels (BE)
Since the mid-1980s, Ann Veronica Janssens is developing an experimental body of work – both visual and sensory – intended to destabilize our perception of space and make light no longer an instrument but an actual subject. Through in situ installations and the use of simple or intangible materials, such as light, sound or artificial fog, and transparent elements such as glass and reflecting elements such as mirrors, the viewer is confronted with the perception of the elusive and a fleeting experience that crosses the threshold of a clear and controlled vision.
Janssens’s works are not attached to any form of monumentality; on the contrary, the means and forms are minimal, at the service of a poetic oeuvre, playing on the boundary between the visible and the invisible.
Ann Veronica Janssens – CL2 Blue Shadow, 2015-2016
Ann Veronica Janssens – exhibition view at Kamel Mennour, Paris in 2016
Ann Veronica Janssens – Hot Pink Turquoise, exhibition view at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (Photo by Kim Hansen)
Ann Veronica Janssens – Candy Sculpture, 2019
Ann Veronica Janssens – Blue, Red and Yellow, 2001 - ongoing
Ann Veronica Janssens’ work was shown in solo exhibitionsat the Museum De Pont, Tilburg; Museum Kiasma, Helsinki; Baltimore Museum of Art; Nasher Sculpture Center de Dallas; Wiels – Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels; Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló; Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen; Neue Nationale Gallery, Berlin; Musée d’Orsay, Paris; CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco; Kunsthalle Bern; and S.M.A.K., Ghent.
She has also participated in major group exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Centre Pompidou, Paris; MOCA, Los Angeles; Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; Generali Foundation, Vienna; Hayward Gallery, London; and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. She has taken part in various international biennales such as Manifesta in Saint Petersburg; the Biennales of Sydney; Istanbul; São Paulo and Seoul. Alongside Michel François, she represented Belgium at the 1999 Venice Biennale.
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Ann Veronica Janssens – exhibition view at Chapelle Saint Vincent Grignan, 2013 (Photo by Isabelle Arthuis)
Ann Veronica Janssens – exhibition view at Kamel Mennour, Paris in 2021
Ann Veronica Janssens – exhibition view at Grand Palais, Paris in 2013
Ann Veronica Janssens – Magic Mirror (Blue), exhibition view at Alfonso Artiaco gallery, Napels, in 2012 (Photo by Luciano Romano)
Ann Veronica Janssens – Untitled (blue glitter), 2015, exhibition view at S.M.A.K., Ghent (Photo by Dirk Pauwels)