The central topic in the work from Elien Ronse (°Belgium, 1987) is domestic space. Ronse methodically collects observations about intimate structures, applying arbitrary rules to organise and display an archive about households. In 2015 Ronse started a project in which she visits different houses, often spending a night, in order to document private life. She was working in Austria, Taiwan, Belgium, Germany, Greece, South-Korea, France, Northern-Ireland, Brazil and Poland. The act of sharing a drink in the kitchen and seeing a bedroom reveals information about people that is not accessible in public space. A house holds the most intimate aspects of a person’s life, while at the same time is filled with commonly available things. As a micro-historian Ronse searches to see the function of authorities, history and future within details from domestic life. Ronse uses the archive to make installations, games, audio- and videowork.



Bachelor Social-Cultural work (2007-2010)

Master Visual arts, St. Lucas Ghent (2005-2007 and 2010-2012)

Bachelor Teaching, St. Lucas Ghent (2012-2014)

Summer academy AFFECT, ‘Exploring the endotic’, Agoracollective, Berlin, Germany, June 1 - 28 (2015)

Dutch Art Institute, Roaming academy, Artez institute of the arts, Arnhem, The Netherlands (2017-2019)



Frans Masereelcentrum, Kasterlee, Belgium, July 2 – July 27 (2012)

D’CLINICstudios, TRACTOR, Lendava, Slovenia, March 30– April 28 (2014)

Das Weisse Haus, Vienna, Austria, March 1 - May 1 (2015)

Pair, Pier-2 artcenter, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 20 - October 20 (2015)

Digital Art Studios, Belfast, Northern-Ireland, October 10 - December 2 (2016)

De Koer residentie, Ghent, Belgium (2017-2018)

Zarya, Vladivostok, Russia (2018)


Exhibitions (selection)

Soloexhibition, ‘Elien Ronse’, CC Gildhof, Tielt, Belgium (2011)

Nomination KBC-price for Young artists, De Canvascollectie, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium (2012)

Soloexhibition, Elien Ronse, ‘Will be replaced’, CC De Beuk, Kortemark, Belgium (2012)

Elien Ronse and Brooke Sanderson, ‘Memory’, D'CLINICstudios, Lendava, Slovenia (2014)

Elien Ronse and Melissa Verschelde, ‘Surrounded by many’, gallery NVT, Ghent, Belgium (2014)

Vibrations Off, Honoré d'O, gallery Kristof Declercq, Ghent, Belgium (2014)

Interlaced Structures, Destination Wien, Vienna, Austria (2015)

Alphabetical cooking, Elien Ronse and Pepe Dayaw, Exploring the endotic, Berlin, Germany (2015)

Performance at Homecomings, Projective space, Berlin, Germany (2015)

The Living-Room, Exploring the endotic, Agora Collective, Berlin, Germany (2015)

A walk elsewhere, Pier 2 Artcenter, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2015)

Soloexhibition, CTRL+T, metamatic:taf, Athens, Greece (2015-2016)

Letters to the mayor: Athens, metamatic:taf, Athens, Greece (2016)

B-Cone, Elien Ronse, Gaain Bahc and HASC, Barimart gallery, Gwangju, South-Korea (2016)

Groupshow 'A Sudden and Wonderful Brightening', Duncairn Centre, Belfast, Northern-Ireland (2017)

From home to marble (try-out), BLANCO, Ghent, Belgium (2017)

'There is no place like home', space Idiot, Turin, Italy (2017)



Workshops, lectures and other

Cultural worker, Kunstwerkt, Belgium (2011-2014)

Teacher, WISPER, Ghent, Belgium (2014-2015)

Teacher, DKO Waasmunster, Belgium (2015)

Mentor, project Artknights, CC Belgica Dendermonde, Belgium (2015)

Artist talk, Pier-2 art center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2015)

Mentor and developer, workshop ‘I’m home’, Pier-2 art center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2015)

Lecture, ‘Can a microwave tell us something about its owner?’, Ulster University, Belfast, Northern-Ireland (2016)

Cultural worker, festival Drawing Days, Belgium (2017)


Interviews and publication

'Leben ist kein stilleben', by Frederik Van Laere (2011)

'Further into banality', by Maria Martens, for Artdependence (2016)

'In the studio with Elien Ronse', by Dorothy Hunter, for International Sculpture Center re:sculpt (2017)

‘Report 07032015-17052016 audio’ for BLATT 3000, a paper for exchange and critical discussion on contemporary music (June 2016)



Studio Nucleo, Lindenlei 38, Ghent, Belgium



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