ISABEL MIQUEL ARQUES
Isabel Miquel Arques, b.1963, Lleida, Spain. Is a fine art photographer, writer and storyteller. Daughter of a concert grade pianist, businessman and photographer, her father gave her first camera at the age of ten, a Kodak Instamatic 25 (still on her desk). Isabel started her career as photo assistant and gallery assistant in a photo gallery in Lerida, Spain. From Barcelona she moved to Amsterdam, where he worked with the camera obscura specialist Ilan Wolff des Arts, she after moved to London and is currently woking and living in Antwerp, Belgium.
She finds her own way between tradition and modernity in creating a path where her photographic work is strong influenced by the art of painting in textures, colours and compositions. This is first to perceive in her photo book, Portrait with shrimp croquet, where she reflects the artistic Belgian scene by making 47 portraits of some of their most emblematic members, like Luc Tuymans, Jan Hoet, Michael Borremans, Dirk Braeckman, Stephan Vanfleteren among others. In her exhibition, Agitation she explores the historical relationship between her country of birth, Spain, and her country of adoption, Belgium, along with her thoughts on the photography world of today. The artworks are presented in old, tore and unprinted newsprint paper, emphasizing the idea that we are all full of traces. Traces have to be seen and not hidden, as traces make us who we are.
“In Agitation, 2013, Isabel was ahead of the present artistic trend, already experimenting with non-photographic paper. She dared to make a statement on the passing of time, in images and textures, and in the fact that we are all imperfect and full of traces”
– Ingrid Deuss
In, Here be Lions, she works with the concept of longing and the many forms it might take. The influence of cinema are very clear in her storytelling. The references to the photographic negatives are visible through printing some of the artworks on tracing paper.
Inspired by a poem by Lucie De Roeck, Après l’Averse (After the Downpour) is presented in literal and metaphorical way. Water, emotion and light. Poetry, fragility and strength in our everyday life.
2022 Beyond Borders, Isabel Miquel Arques in dialogue with Karen Blixen, Ingrid Deuss Gallery + Geukens & De Vil, Antwerp, Belgium
2021 A Study on Movement and Imperfections, Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
2018 After the Downpour, Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
2016 To See, TAG Foundation, Antwerp, Belgium
2015 Soledad, Senlle Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. KADS (Art along the Schinkel) Art in public spaces. Invited to participate with her audiovisual project, Music Box
2015 Here be lions, Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
2012 Agitation, Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
2010 Portrait with shrimp croquet, Soledad Senlle Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2009 Portrait with shrimp croquet, Gallery van de Weghe, Antwerp, Belgium
2021 Unseen Amsterdam, Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Projects and artist in residence
2019 Invited by Mostapha Romli, (Founding President of the International Biennale of Casablanca-Morocco) to participate in the artist in residency at the Center of Contemporary Art Ifitry-Essaouira, Morocco, North Africa
2019 Invited artist to develop a personal artistic project at Karen Blixen Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
2022 Beyond Borders - Isabel Miquel Arques in dialogue with Karen Blixen, Ludion
2015 Here be Lions, Ingrid Deuss Gallery
2009 Portrait with shrimp croquet, Ludion