About my work

Lisa Matthys (°1982, BE) is a Brussels based artist and documentary maker.

 

She works primarily with video and photography, sometimes with elements of installation.

 

Her approach and angle on subject matter is often based on ludic and participative methods.

Her work looks at social relations under different (political) contexts and is grounded in collaboration gestures. In her function as artistic-educational collaborator at Fondation A Stichting in Brussels, she often works with neighborhood children. As most of them have a migration background she tries to implement notions of their cultural legacy into the workshops. Not as a dominating element but as something playful, a recognizable tool that communicates with them. 

 

She puts a strong emphasis on reality, with a poetic vision.

 

In her video work PLAY! she researched how and what children play. The work is a poetic ode to the free play, the games children invent when they are on their own, when they feel free and create their own world. A world that often reflects their daily reality. It was filmed in three different zones: conflict, rural and urban (Palestine, Iceland and Brussels).

 

Currently she’s working on a documentary about Yezidi children in Iraq who were in IS captivity.