In 2018, she received the honorary doctor by the Hasselt University, Belgium, faculty of Architecture and Arts.
Joëlle Tuerlinckx is a multi-media artist whose works pose as archival materials. Her visual vocabulary includes books, display cases, wall installations, video screens, and (not least) the exhibition rooms themselves. In her situation-specific presentations, she establishes a relationship between simple things and found objects, texts, drawings, her own earlier works, and film material rich with intertextuality. Through the application of different methods of transformation and an infinite system of references and quotes, she lets us experience space and time, present and past, memory and immediacy all on the same level. Tuerlinckx’ s works are variable; they remain fixated only for a moment. They are subject to a permanent process of reconsideration and re-adaptation in which media categories and designations are continually subverted, leaving the works in an open process.
Tuerlinckx participated at Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017); the Manifesta 10 in Saint Petersburg, Russia (2014); the Manifesta 3 in Ljubljana, Slovenia (2003); and the documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany (2002).
Selected solo exhibitions: S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Aktuele Kunst, Ghent (2020); Kunsthal Gent, Ghent (2019); Dia:Beacon – Dia Art Foundation, Beacon, New York (2018); Kunstmuseum Basel/Museum für Gegenwartskunst (2016); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2013); Arnolfini, Bristol (2013); Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2012); Reina Sofia, Palacio de Cristal, Madrid (2009); Drawing Center, New York City (2006); MAMCO, Geneva (2004); The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2003); Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (2001); Witte de With, Rotterdam (1994).
Selected museum collections: Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht; FNAC Paris; Generali Foundation/Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Reina Sofia, Madrid; S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Aktuele Kunst, Ghent; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and The Renaissance Society, Chicago.