JOËLLE DUBOIS

Born in 1990 in Ghent (BE)
Lives and works in Ghent (BE)

Joëlle Dubois paints and illustrates. With humor and a touch of provocation, she transfers the digital revolution and the resulting role of humans in our modern society into her works. The Gent-born artist is especially interested in the voyeuristic aspect of digitalisation. Social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat or Youtube, television programs such as Big Brother or the Bachelor fulfill our desire to anonymously observe others in their suffering, their love life, their failures and also their successes. Digitalisation has made communication faster, more purposeful and interactive. However, this also goes along with the fact that less and less privacy is possible, and that one presents him/herself more openly and more naked to everyone else. Basically, communication is increasingly superficial, impersonal and anonymous.

Joëlle Dubois delves with passion into these complex topics, always representing them with irony and dark humour. She depicts her protagonists in an exposed and unadorned manner, steeped in a stark realism that, in the digital world, often turns out to be distorted and untrue. By showing hairy, obese women and men in compromising positions, she emphasizes her own strong role as an independent and emancipated woman and artist. For all that, Dubois herself is a silent observer, watching the world in her own display of idiosyncratic perfectionism.

Joëlle Dubois is represented by BruthausGallery.

SOLO SHOWS

2019

You are not alone, Zinnema, Brussels (BE)

2017

You are not alone, Alley Gallery, Hasselt (BE)
STEK, Gent (BE)
M2 Gallery, London (UK)
Het Geuzenhuis, Gent (BE)

2016

You are not alone, Francis Carette Gallery, Brussels (BE)

GROUP SHOWS

2019

Ceci n’est pas un conte cur. by Filip Luyckx, Irène Laub Gallery, Brussels (BE)

2018

The Title is just an excuse, Bruthaus Gallery, Waregem (BE)
ADA, Nel Aerts, Joëlle Dubois, William Anthony, Thomas Rehbein Gallery, Cologne, Germany (DE)
Omtrent Brel, groepstentoonstelling ter nagedachtenis Jaques Brel, Zandvoorde (BE)
REVLT 2018, Vanderborght Building, Brussels (BE)
Heads or Tales, Galerie Gevaert, Zwevezele (BE)
Gaverprijs 2018, CC De Schakel, Waregem (BE)
Young Artists 2017, Directeurswoning, Roeselare 2016 In front of, SABK, Zottegem (BE)
Coming People 2016, S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE)
Draw Attention, STAM, Ghent (BE)
Vreemde oorden, Faculty Club, Leuven (BE)

2015

De Kotroute 2015, S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE)
De stille Dimensie, Bibliotheek Rechtsgeleerdheid, Leuven (BE)
Jonge Kunstenaars 2015
, Sint-Lukasgallery, Brussels (BE)
The KoolkidsKlub Show, Rue de Laeken, Brussels (BE)
TUMULT °3, HUSET, Ghent (BE)

PRICES

2018

Honorable mention, Gaverprijs 2018, CC De Schakel, Waregem (BE)
Public Price, Coming People 2016, S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE)

2015

Best Artist, De Kotroute 2015, S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE)

FAIRS/EVENTS

2018

Garden Party & Auction, Museum Dhont-Dhaenens, Sint-Martens-Latem (BE)

2015

Terrassfestival, Waregem (BE)