Tom Bogaert stopped practicing international refugee law in 2004 and moved to New York City to pursue a career as an artist. He had his first solo exhibition in 2008 with the legendary ‘Jack the Pelican Presents’ gallery and relocated to Amman, Jordan soon thereafter. Recent solo exhibitions include Ivuka Arts, Kigali, Rwanda (2019); Espaco Gallery, Algiers, Algeria (2017); The Ultra Lab & Galerie FJ, Casablanca, Morocco (2016); Maison de la Culture, Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia (2015); Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt (2014); and al Hoash Gallery, Jerusalem (2012).
His work has been presented at ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin, Germany (2020); the Lagos Biennial, Nigeria (2019); the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2019); Qalandiya International, Jerusalem (2018); Queens Museum and Flux Factory, New York, US (2018); the Bardo National Museum, Tunis, Tunisia (2017); the Contemporary Art Centre of Thessaloniki, Greece (2017); SAVVY Contemporary and Transart Triennale, Berlin, Germany (2016); Smack Mellon, New York, US (2015); and Museum M, Leuven, Belgium (2013). He won first prize at the Videoex film festival in Zurich, Switzerland for his experimental documentary about the legendary jazz pioneer Sun Ra and his infamous visit to Egypt (pepsi, cola, water? 2015).
Tom Bogaert is one half of the collaborative Haitian Belgian art duo Lafleur & Bogaert. In 2019 they were awarded first prize by juror Ylinka Barotto —curator at the Guggenheim in NYC— for their “Famasi Mobil Kongolè” and recently they were selected for a Revolution residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, US.
Born in Bruges, Belgium in 1966 and based in Rome, Italy, Bogaert works in situ.