After 22 years of experience in movie, audio-visual and theater production and writing and having realized some exhibition projects as a nomadic independent curator in Antwerp, Eva Steynen established in 2013 the ESD-gallery.
Having a back-ground in art and philosophy, the rather curatorial projects evolve from a philosophical enquiry and a curiosity for aspects of the event in the artist’s act.
Interview by Oscar van Gelderen for GalleryViewer Magazine
The Gallery of...Eva Steynen
How (and when) did they start their gallery, what has changed in the art world since then, what is their profile, what do they collect themselves, and what is the impact from Corona at their gallery? This week with Eva Steynen (Eva Steynen.Deviation(s))
We’re you exposed to art while growing up?
I was born in the second half of the sixties and raised in Antwerp. My parents were great art lovers, and very involved in Antwerp's cultural life: opera, theatre, the MSK, the Middelheim museum. As a little 'pagadder', my father regularly took me to the Museum of Fine Arts to see the great classics and moderns, from Rubens to Rik Wouters. My father spoke softly about the painting and the era it was made, and I let my imagination run wild with what I saw. That definitely shaped me, and I'm very grateful for that. That foundation and early immersion in art history is important to me it enables to better place things in time and understand where they come from..