20.05.2022, 12:30—13:30
Simon Delobel (KIOSK)

Simon delobel isabelle arthuis

Cas-co ont­vangt Simon Delobel voor een publie­ke lunch talk, gevolgd door stu­dio visits, in Cas-co. Allen welkom.

Simon Delobel wakes up dai­ly bet­ween 6 and 6.30 a.m., takes care of the mem­bers of his fami­ly, pays the bills with various jobs, inci­den­tal­ly within the art world, and uses most of his so-cal­l­ed free time to second artists to rea­li­ze exhi­bi­ti­on and book pro­jects. He most of the time goes to sleep befo­re 12 a.m..

Simon Delobel was born and rai­sed in Lille (France) in 1981. He stu­died art his­to­ry and muse­o­lo­gy at Ecole du Louvre in Paris, whe­re he spe­ci­a­li­zed in the art and arche­o­lo­gy of India and Southeast Asia and, more spe­ci­fi­cally, in the his­to­ry of colo­ni­al exhi­bi­ti­ons and colo­ni­al muse­ums. His come to Belgium did­n’t allow him to work fur­ther on tho­se sub­jects. Based in Antwerp, he col­la­bo­ra­ted as cura­tor-direc­tor for more than eight years with two Belgian art col­lec­tors who ope­ned in 2007 and 2012 their own exhi­bi­ti­on spa­ces in Kemzeke (Verbeke Foundation) and Herentals (Art Center Hugo Voeten). There he orga­ni­zed various exhi­bi­ti­ons and col­lec­ti­on pre­sen­ta­ti­ons rela­ted to col­la­ges, bio art, eco­lo­gi­cal art, and Bulgarian modern and con­tem­po­ra­ry art. In paral­lel with this insti­tu­ti­o­nal cura­to­ri­al acti­vi­ty, he ran for five years tram­po­li­ne, a gal­lery of con­tem­po­ra­ry art in the city of Antwerp. 

Between October 2018 and his nomi­na­ti­on as direc­tor of KIOSK Ghent in October 2020, Simon Delobel cre­a­ted 15 gal­le­ries for art fairs, pri­va­te hou­ses or aban­do­ned spa­ces (Post Gallery, +23243493810761811553964, Simon Delobel Gallery, Paid by the artist, Sisyphus Gallery, La Simonie, The Bakkery Gallery, 1986, Office cen­tral pour la docu­men­ta­ti­on artis­ti­que loca­le et inter­na­ti­o­na­le, White Whale Gallery, Moonstreet, Personne n’en veut, j’achè­te., Rita Lompen, Yuri G. Gallery)

Reluctant to the noti­on of suc­cess and fai­lu­re, Simon Delobel avoids as much as pos­si­ble con­tem­po­ra­ry bran­ding stra­te­gies to con­cen­tra­te on the qua­li­ty of each human rela­ti­ons­hip. His per­so­nal artis­tic tas­te con­sti­tu­tes his worst enemy.