Meggy Rustamova’s practice involves films and installations that articulate images, gestures and sounds and often bear a performative nature. Concerned with the relations between individual and collective memory, language and human behaviour, her works look for ways to translate contemporary social issues.
Themes at the centre of Meggy Rustamova’s artistic process are immigration, human behaviour and universal truths that she addresses through film, audio, text and performance.
Being a former refugee and simultaneously part Assyrian, Georgian, Belgian and European globalised citizen has made Meggy Rustamova particularly attuned to questions of identity and belonging. As the observer, she listens, watches and brings together stories, rooted in historical, cultural and geopolitical structures, which are simultaneously personal and universal. She contemplates on the interconnections between exile, nomadism and the concept of home. The notion of dislocation and transformation of language form key aspects in her research.
Meggy Rustamova [1985, Tbilisi, Georgia] obtained her MA at KASK, School of Arts in Ghent (2006-2011, BE), studied at the UdK in Berlin (2010, DE) and
completed the post-academic residency at HISK in Ghent (2012-2013, BE). She lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.
Recent shows: de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (2017), International Film Festival Rotterdam (2016, 2017), Riga Photography Biennial (2016), S.M.A.K. (2016), Kunsthalle Wien (2015), Beursschouwburg, Brussels (2015), 6th Moscow Biennale, Moscow (2015), Bureau des Réalités, Brussels (2015), Belluard Bollwerk International Festival, Fribourg (2014), Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (2014), 55th October Salon, Belgrade (2014), Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2014), Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (2013). She has been an artist-in-residence at KultuurKontakt Austria, Vienna (2016) and Residency Unlimited, New York (2018). Her works are included in the public collections of Belfius Art Collection, Argos Centre for Art and Media, Flemish Government and S.M.A.K.