Marijke De Roover - De Pont museum

A realistic portrayal of someone using love as an escapist drug

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Captivating, incisive, ironic, honest, camp and vocally flawless. This is how a musical performance by the Belgian artist Marijke de Roover (1990) could be characterized. At the HISK (Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten) in Ghent, she has developed her own distinct variety of performance and video art in recent years.

De Roover’s works are musical bricolages: constructions in which the artist allows elements having very diverse origins to interact with each other and thus cause the material, in its new context, to assume unexpected connotations. She makes free use of opera, musicals, Disney productions, romcoms and karaoke and relies on feminist/queer theory as well.