Vincent Meessen lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. His artistic work is woven from a constellation of agents, gestures, and signs that maintain a polemical and sensible relation to the writing of history and the westernization of imaginaries. He decenters and multiplies gazes and perspectives to explore the variety of ways in which colonial modernity has impacted the fabric of contemporary subjectivities.

He presented solo exhibitions at The Power Plant, Toronto (2019); Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal (2018); Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris (2018); WIELS, Brussels (2016); and MUAC, Mexico (2014). An evolving duo show has toured to BOZAR, Brussels (2017), Kunsthalle Basel (2015) and KIOSK, Ghent (2013). Personne et les autres, a collective exhibition at the Belgian Pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennale, Vincent Meessen has represented Belgium together with ten invited artists from four continents.

Recent other biennale participations include … and other such stories, Chicago Architecture Biennial (2019), Généalogies futures, récits depuis l’équateur, Biennale de Lumbumbashi (2019), Fracas et frêles bruits, Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse (2018), Proregress, 12th Shangai Biennale (2018-2019) and Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future, Taipei Biennale (2016). His films have been screened at numerous museums and art centers including MUMOK (Vienna), Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid), Lincoln Center (NYC), Cinémathèque française (Paris) and in film festivals worldwide including IFFR (Rotterdam), FID Marseille (France),  IDFA (Amsterdam), Cinéma du Réel (Paris) and FESPACO (Ouagadougou).

Vincent Meessen is a member of Jubilee, an artistic research and production platform.