Robin Vanbesien

After Solidarity Poiesis (2016-2018), which explored the social poetics of the grassroots solidarity movement in Athens, Vanbesien shifted his focus to situated struggles in Belgium. Before Holding Rehearsals (2021-2024), this led to the project the wasp and the weather (2018-2020), which revisits a collection of poems by young people from the first self-organised anti-racist youth centre in Flanders. In 2020, Vanbesien co-founded The Post Film Collective, a horizontal platform of 7 filmmakers with different means and access to artistic production, focusing on creating cinema as assembly.
Vanbesien's first feature-length non-fiction film, hold on to her, premiered at the 74th Berlinale Forum Expanded (2024). Exhibitions, screenings, and other events as part of his multifaceted practice, include: transmediale, HKW (Berlin), Cinema du Réel (Paris), Contour 9 Biennale (Mechelen), Athens Biennale, Sculpture International Rotterdam, WIELS (Brussels), Lumiar Cité (Lisbon), Videograms (Vilnius), Objectif Exhibitions (Antwerp), Extra City (Antwerp), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Beursschouwburg (Brussels), Netwerk (Aalst), FOMU (Antwerp), Teatro Maria Matos (Lisbon), Vooruit/Viernulvier (Ghent), BUDA (Kortrijk), Tënk, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard (Paris). Vanbesien is a lecturer and a doctoral candidate at Sint Lucas School of Arts Antwerp.