Josefien Cornette (°1994, Belgium) studied visual arts at LUCA-arts Ghent. She continued studying art-history and gender- and diversity studies at UGent. She is currently preparing a PhD proposal.
Josefien is a multidisciplinary artist with a wide background in art-history and feminism. She uses drawing, writing and music to create work in between the negative space of the dichotomous, binary practical and academic divide of the arts. Her work can be seen as a very hybrid reaction to contemporary societal issues addressing themes like frailty, melancholy, impairment and feminism. Her visual work often uses found footage. Her drawings are dark and cinematographic, combined with text. Some motifs and themes are expanded by using musical interventions. Her work can be seen as an very hybrid but systematic use of multiple media, to express specific messages. Sometimes as separate works, sometimes combined in a more transcending use of disciplinairy knowledge.
Next to her creative practice, Josefien is a heavily involved activist. Josefien often works in the field of disability studies, crip- and queer-theory. She works in multiple feminist activist organizations and teaches feminist methodology and history in 20th century art or disability studies.
Josefien invests a lot of energy in building a fair practice. She has a personal code of conduct, to stimulate entities who are doing a significant amount of work to build a fair practice. In order to fight toxic power-dynamics, like for example gender roles, she sets herself certain boundaries, before engaging in any collaboration, exchange or project. If all of the following are present before reaching out, Josefien will consider the proposal. If not, an answer is not guaranteed:
- The organization and/or individual acknowledges the difficulties minorities experiences in the art world. They are aware of their origins and are actively making an effort to change the art-world to a more divers and fair world.
- The organization reaching out can not be all white, male, cis-gendered, heteronormative, not size-diverse and able-bodied.
- Solidarity, sustainability, diversity, trust and transparency must be guaranteed if any collaboration or exchange is proposed.
- Payment is fair and clearly communicated in advance. Artistic work is not free work.