Bio

Wendy Morris is an artist and professor of Contemporary Arts in the Art History Department where she teaches a Master workshop on artistic research practices in contemporary arts. She is also professor and researcher at Luca School of Arts, Brussels, where she set up the interdisciplinary Deep Histories Fragile Memories research cluster that connects artistic researchers, writers, art historians and curators from the KU Leuven, Luca, VUB, and the art institute Netwerk Aalst. She is member of the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre.

Her work has a double focus on both historical and transdisciplinary research and the artistic and written forms in which this research manifests itself. Morris was one of the first artists in Belgium to engage in the artist’s doctorate and defended her project ‘Drawing on the Past’ in 2013 with five animated films and a set of 52 letters. She now supervises doctorates in the arts.  

Morris is currently working on the project Nothing of Importance Occurred: Recuperating a Herball for a 17th century Enslaved Angolan Midwife at the Cape. Through an examination of European, African and Asian histories of plant contraceptives Morris is exploring bodies of knowledge that would have flowed to the settlement at the Cape in the 17th century and informed the practice of a midwife in the Slave Lodge.

Exhibitions

Publications

2017

This, of course, is a work of the imagination. Wendy Morris. Monograph. Editor Wendy Morris. Essays by Hilde Van Gelder, Petra Van Brabandt, Mieke Mels. Book design Kim Beirnaerts. Publisher: Mu.ZEE. September 2017.

A Wandergram for a Lecture. Wendy Morris. The Yellow Press Periodical #3. June 2017. Editor Kim Gorus. Publisher: Sint Lucas Antwerp.

2016

Off by heart and out of breath: a silva rerum. Wendy Morris. Artist’s book. Publisher: Argos Arts and Media. Distributor: Mer Paper Kunsthalle. Published as part of the eponymous exhibition at Argos, Brussels.

2013

Postings : Drawing on the Past. Implicit:Explicit:Complicit’. Doctoral dissertation. KU Leuven/LUCA. Published with support of the Fernand Willame Foundation.

The Salvation project. KADOC/EXPO 12.  Implicit:Explicit:Complicit, Leuven 2013. Exhibition booklet. Book design Ellen Bilterest; Publisher: Kadoc.

2011

Layers of Lookingi-Perception 2(6) 577–591. Peer reviewed journal.

“L’union fait la force”. Postings 26: The Diary. Un blog invite du Jeu de Paume. http://lemagazine.jeudepaume.org/blogs/hildevangelder/2011/07/20/lunion-fait-la-force/.

“Bully Beef: Metaphore de la substance, metaphore du cannibalisme”. Postings 12: Postscript Bully Beef: Monuments. Un blog invite du Jeu de Paume. http://lemagazine.jeudepaume.org/blogs/hildevangelder/2011/06/15/bully-beef-metaphore-de-la-subsistance-metaphore-du-cannibalisme-2/.

“Le son en espace sacré”. Postings 22: The Diary. Un blog invite du Jeu de Paume. http://lemagazine.jeudepaume.org/blogs/hildevangelder/2011/08/25/le-son-en-espace-sacre/.

2010

Off the Record. Postscript: 01 – 24. 50 copies. Book of text and drawings Parallellepipeda exhibition M Museum Leuven.

‘Footnotes:Postscripts’. Catalogue article for the Parallellepipeda exhibition at Museum M, Leuven. Doove E (ed). Publisher IvOK

Morris, W and Janssens,N. ‘Far from Kimberley’. Exhibition guide for exhibition Far from Kimberley at 21Rozendal, Enschede, The Netherland.

2009

Morris,W & Zoete,D. ‘Mine: A Drawing Dialogue’. TH INK 1. Sept 2009. Ans Nys (ed). Drawing Research Group of Sint-Lucas Visual Arts, Ghent. Drawing dialogue publication

2008

Anxieties of Influence – Imitating Kentridge”. Image [&] Narrative. Issue 23.Time and Photography. Jan Baetens, Hilde Van Gelder & Alexander Steitberger (eds). http://www.imageandnarrative.be. Peer reviewed journal

Off the Record. Exhibition catalogue In Flanders Fields Museum. Artist in Residence. Essays by Morris, Piet Chielens. Publisher: In Flanders Fields

Art and Aftermath: Constructing Memory, Admitting Responsibility. Memorias Intimas Marcas, in Revisiting the ‘Border War’. Peter Vale and Gary Baines (eds). University of South Africa Press: Pretoria. 158-174. Research essay

De consumptie van de kolonie. In Congo in België: Koloniale cultuur in de metropool. Vincent Viaene, Bambi Ceuppens and David Van Reybrouck (eds). UP Leuven, Alfred Cauchi Reeks. 183-202. Essay

2003

‘Both Temple and Tomb. Difference, desire and death in the sculptures of the Royal Museum of Central Africa’. Dissertation for the degree of Master of Visual Arts, University of South Africa.

1999

‘Through Lenses of Contempt. Visual narratives of the Africa Museum, Tervuren, Belgium’. Dissertation for the degree of Honours Bachelor of Arts in History of Art, University of South Africa.

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