Thomas Bellinck

Thomas Bellinck (1983, Germany/Belgium) is a Brussels-based documentary artist whose work branches out into theatre, installation art and TV. Thomas studied Germanic Philology (University of Leuven), trained as a theatre director (RITCS, Brussels) and is currently working on a PhD in the arts at KASK/School of Arts Ghent, where he is one of the founding members of The School of Speculative Documentary. He is known in particular for his work focusing on systemic violence, mobility injustice and the politics of remembrance, which he explores with other artists, experts by experience, academics, et al.

Between 2009 and 2015, in close collaboration with the Royal Flemish Theatre in Brussels, Thomas directed various archive- and interview-based plays. At the same time, he set up theatre workshops at Sint Jan de Deo psychiatric hospital (Ghent) and the Leuven Auxiliary Prison. In 2013, Thomas created Domo
de Eŭropa Historio en Ekzilo, a futuristic-historical museum of “life in the former EU”, which later traveled from Brussels to the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, the Wiener Festwochen, the Onassis Cultural Center’s Fast Forward Festival in Athens, the Wiesbaden Biennale and the Festival de Marseille. Since 2013, he has also been involved in the production of The Miracle of Almería,
a participatory TV series about the intertwining of  industrial agriculture and illegalised labour in the south of Spain, directed by Moon Blaisse.
 
Thomas is currently developing Simple as ABC, a series of performances,
publications and installations scrutinising the apparatus of EU ‘mobility
management’ that facilitates the movement of some people, while simultaneously
criminalising the movement of others.