Heidi Voet

Heidi Voet

Wish I could speak in just one sweep/ What you are and what you mean to me/ Instead I mumble randomly/ You stand by and enlighten me
A whole new world a go-go
A young man in a young man's world, (origin: Laos, 1947-1975)
A young man in a young man's world, (origin: Tripolitania n Republic, 1918-1923)

Heidi Voet (b. 1972) currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium and Taipei, Taiwan.  

Heidi Voet’s multidisciplinary practice is informed by her transcultural experience of both residing in Europe and Asia and offers a critical approach on cultural conventions and belief systems, modes of production in consumer society, and the ubiquitous experience of time. The central concern of Heidi Voet’s oeuvre is the contrasting registers of time that shape the present. The immediacy and fleeting nature of popular culture and everyday commodities – plastic watches, magazines, fruit and vegetables – that are among her unexpected media, place her work in a critical relationship with today’s globalized culture. Combined in assemblages that draw on arts, crafts, historical artefacts and myths from diverse cultures, Voet nimbly folds the past into the present.

The apparent simplicity of their form belies their highly crafted, and often labour intensive, production – a further register of relative time and value – recurs throughout her practice. Acutely aware of her works historical and cultural context, Heidi Voet places the materials and processes within an intricate network of associations in her “thoughts turned form”. Through this playful approach she directs our attention to pressing issues of social inequity, imperialism, and other affects under globalization. Favouring conundrum, absurdity and contradiction as its means, Heidi Voet consistently provokes a reappraisal of today’s complex and relative social conditions.

Voet has participated in many important exhibitions and biennials, including: “Unfolding: Fabric of Our Life”, Centre for Heritage Arts & Textile, Hong Kong (CN, 2019); “20 Years N.I.C.C.”, Jubilee, N.I.C.C., Antwerp (BE, 2018); “California Dreaming”, Chi-Wen Gallery, Taipei (TW, 2018); “Why not as again?”, 11th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, Shanghai (CN, 2016); Solo Exhibition “500 Years”, BANK ART, Shanghai (CN, 2015); “Can the Maker Repair What He Makes”, Salon Blanc, Oostende, (BE, 2013); “Revel”, MOCA, Shanghai (CN, 2013); Un-Scene, Wiels Center for Contemporary Art, Forest (BE, 2008).


California Dreaming

February 3 – March 3, 2018


October 20 – November 30, 2017


In pieces and parts

CHAT by MILL6 Foundation

March 17 – June 30, 2019

PLAY Kortrijk


June 23 – November 11, 2018




Heidi Voet



Raqs Media Collective’s Shanghai Biennale Finally Ditches the Overdone Dichotomy between East and West


November 14, 2016

Plastic History

Ran Dian

June 18, 2015