Meggy Rustamova

Meggy Rustamova (°1985) born in Tbilisi, Georgia.
​Lives and works between Sint-Niklaas and Brussels, Belgium. 

​Meggy Rustamova’s practice involves films and installations that articulate images, gestures and sounds and often bear a performative nature.
​Concerned with the relations between individual and collective memory, language and human behaviour, her works look for ways to translate contemporary social issues.


– Post Academic Studies, Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK), Ghent (2012-2013) 
– Master in Fine Arts, Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), Ghent (2006-2011)
– Universität der Künste (UdK) Klasse Johan Lorbeer, Berlin (2010)
– Herman Teirlinck Instituut, theaterklas Dora van der Groen, Antwerp (2005-2006)
– Journalism, Erasmus Hogeschool, Brussels (2004-2005)
– Kunsthumaniora Brussel, Art & Drama, Brussels (2000-2004)


– Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn, New York
– ISELP, with collective Messidor, Brussels 
– Artist in residence, KultuurKontakt Austria, Vienna 



– ‘Bang [Ding Dong]’, solo exhibition, Fotomuseum Antwerpen (BE)
– ‘Deda Ena’, solo exhibition, Europalia Festival, Bozar (BE)
– ‘Films’, screening, De Singel, Antwerpen (BE)
– ‘Horaizon’, screening, Film Festival Oberhausen (DE)
– ‘Horaizon’, screening, Blickfang, Filmfest Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel (DE)

– ‘Horaizon’, Screening, Liquid Structures, Batumi, Georgia (GE)
– ‘Babel’, Screening, Our Fluid Territories, Brussels (BE)
​- ‘Horaizon’, Screening, EMAF, German première,​ Osnabrück (DE). 

​- ‘Horaizon’ avant-première and artist talk, Beursschouwburg Brussels (BE)
– ‘The Constant Glitch’, group exhibition, M Leuven (BE)
– Screening films & artist talk, Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp (BE)
– Online Screenings by peer to space ‘Another Person In You’, screening ‘Babel’.

– ‘Horaizon’, solo exhibition, Vrienden van het S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE)
– ‘Babel’, screening, Kassel Dokfest, Kassel (DE)
– ‘Babel’, screening, Decoratelier & Argos (BE)

– ​‘A Speech of Nature’, Performance, ARTER, Istanbul (TR)
– Tënk, video and documentary platform, Screening: ‘Waiting for the Secret’ (FR)
– ‘The HISK Connection’, group exhibition, KANAL – Centre Pompidou, Brussels (BE)
​- Le Musée de la Photographie, Boîte Noir, solo screening, Charleroi (BE)
– ​’The Collection | Highlights for a Future’, group exhibition, S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE)
​- ‘There all is order and beauty’, group exhibition, Argos, Brussels (BE)

​- ‘Floraphilia, Plants as archives’, Akademie der Künste der Welt, ​Academyspace, Cologne (DE)
– RU, ‘mono no aware’, group exhibition, New York (US)​
​- ‘Personal, Risk Change’, Kibla Portal, Maribor (SI)
– ‘Un|settled’ KAAP, Raversyde, Oostende (BE)
– ‘Biënnale van de Schilderkunst’, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle (BE)
– ​’State of Statelessness’, group exhibition, Iselp, Brussels (BE)
– ‘glorious (?) FAILURE’, group exhibition, Triënnale Duffel (BE)
​- ‘Light Displacement’, Screening, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Oberhausen (DE)
– ‘Time can tell’, group exhibition, De Directeurswoning, Roeselare (BE)
– ‘Never Walk Alone #3 – Japan’, Cc Strombeek-Bever (BE)
– ‘Light shifts, Lichte verschuiving’, Art’s Birthday, M hka, Antwerp (BE)

– ‘Light Displacement’, solo exhibition, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL)
-‘Cosmic Words’, group exhibition, Galería Municipal de Lisboa, Boavista, Lisbon (PT)
– ‘Some Arguments Later’, group exhibition by Messidor, ISELP, Brussels (BE)
– ‘HISTORICODE: Scarcity and Supply’, Nanjing Art Festival, Nanjing (CN)
– ‘EUtopia 28’, group exhibition, museumcultuur cc Strombeek/Gent, Strombeek-Bever (BE)
– ‘Gemini’, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)
– ‘Homeless Movies’Huis van Alijn, Ghent (BE)

– ‘Drawing is Thinking, Thinking is Moving’, group exhibition, CIAP, Hasselt (BE)
– ‘Waiting for the secret’, group exhibition, Halles St-Géry, Brussels (BE)
– ‘Wewantosee’, Gallery B, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (JP)
– ​Artist in residence, group exhibition, KultuurKontakt Austria and Bundeskanzleramt, Vienna (AT)
– ​​’Restart’, Riga Photography Biennial, Riga (LV)
– ‘From the Collection’, group exhibition, S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE)
– ‘Every letter is a love letter’, group exhibition, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn (EE)
– International Film Festival Rotterdam, screening and group exhibition, Rotterdam (NL)
– ‘L’invitation au voyage’, screening, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart (DE)

– ‘SHE HE SHE SHE HE’, solo exhibition, Bureau des Réalités, Brussels (BE)
– ‘Observations’, solo exhibition, Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)
– ‘How to gather’, screening, 6th Moscow Biennale, Moscow (RU)
– ‘Videoarbeiten’, solo exhibition, Kunstraum für Bewegte Ideen, Düsseldorf (DE)
– ‘Displacement of All Places’, group exhibition, uqbar, Berlin (DE)
– The Brussels Art Institute, screening, Brussels (BE)
– Film Cologne & Flanders Moving Image, screening during Art Cologne, Köln (DE)
– ‘A Space between Words and Images’, screening, cinema-w-o-l-k-e, Brussels (BE)
– ‘The Future of Memory’, group exhibition, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (AT)

– ‘John Smith, the Posthuman’, performance, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (NL)
– ‘Disappearing Things’, group exhibition, 55th October Salon, Belgrade (RS)
– ‘The centre for dying on stage’, group exhibition & performance, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (IE)
– ‘Een onvervalste leugen’, Emergent, Veurne (BE)
– ‘Out of character’, group exhibition, CAB, Brussels (BE)
– ‘Punctum’, group exhibition, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (AT)
– ‘Spots&Dots’, Belluard Bollwerk International, Fribourg (CH)

– ‘Perpetual Travellers’, group exhibition, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (DE)
– ‘Coup De Ville’, group exhibition, public and private space, Sint-Niklaas (BE)
– ‘Home & Asylum’, group exhibition, InBetween, Brussels (BE)
– ‘(dis)Location’, screening, Beursschouwburg, Wiels, Q-O2, in the frame of Performatik, Brussels (BE)
– ‘(dis)Location’, performance and installation, Performatik, Kaaitheater, Brussels (BE)

– Secret Postcards, Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (NL)
– Kunstenfestival Watou, group exhibition, Watou (BE)
– Performance, ‘How About We Do Something Like This?’, 2M3, Brussels (BE)

– Coming People 2011, S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE)
– Kunstsalon, video M.A.M. (My Assyrian Mother), Circa, Ghent (BE)
– Performance & group exhibition, Croxhapox, Ghent (BE)
– Appendix 18, group exhibition, Bijloke, Kiosk pavilion, Ghent (BE)
– Videoscreening M.A.M. (My Assyrian Mother) “Les soirées Flare”, Montpellier (FR)
– Performance and videoscreening, Cinema OFFoff, Ghent (BE)

– Installation ‘In Cycli’, Arts Festival 0090, Monty, Antwerp (BE)
– Performance invited by Danny Devos & AMVK, Club Moral, Antwerp (BE)
– Open Studios, Universität der Künste, Berlin (DE)
– Group exhibition, curated by PARK, Das Appartement, Berlin (DE)
– Curator and group exhibition, Die Verwandlung, Hotel25, Berlin (DE)
– Group exhibition, The Forgotten Bar/Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin (DE)

– Bâtard Festival, Performance/live installation ‘In Cycli’, Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)
– Group exhibition, Park Spoor Noord, Antwerp (BE)
– Group exhibition ‘Bild’ Campo victoria, Ghent (BE)
– Performance/live installation ‘In Cycli’ Campo victoria, Ghent (BE)
– Performance ‘How to teach a plant the alphabet’ ReAct!, Gynaika, Theatergarage, Antwerp (BE)
– Group exhibition, ‘Membership’, Espace Ladda, Ghent (BE)
– Performance, ‘How to explain pictures to a dead fish’, Nocturne Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent (BE)


– VAF Filmlab, Post-Production grant for new film (2020)
– Video prize, Nanjing International Art Festival, China (2017)
– Development grant from the Flemish Government, Ministry of Culture, Belgium (2017)
– 55th October Salon Award, Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Serbia (2014)
– Development grant from the Flemish Government, Ministry of Culture, Belgium (2015)
– Stichting René Bruynseraede-De Witte, KASK, Gent, Belgium (2011)


– S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent
– Argos Centre for Media and Art, Brussels
– Belfius Art Collection, Brussels
​- Collection of the Flemish Community
– University College Ghent
– Private collections