Born in France in 1995 and living in Brussels, Ethel Lilienfeld's work questions the growing impact of the virtual body on reality and everyday life. She creates strange images that exacerbate the tension between fantasy and madness. She questions aesthetic standards, social norms, notions of identity and gender. The body occupies an important place in most of the depictions arranged by the artist. While she uses photography, video installation, or film, her devices are nonetheless related to sculpture and the relationship to space is crucial. In her videos, Ethel Lilienfeld modulates with the actors, the sets and the objects by drawing alternately from fiction and reality.
After completing a Master's degree in Visual Arts at La Cambre in 2020, Ethel Lilienfeld graduated from Le Fresnoy in 2023. She has recently won several awards : Villa Albertine Grant / Étant Donnés Contemporary Art(2023) ; PrixFintroPrijs / Audience Award and Jury's Second Prize (BE, 2023) ; Production Grant from the Fédération Wallonie (BE, 2022) ; Audience Award, Brussels Videonline Festival #2 at LA CENTRALE (BE, 2021) ; Cocof Award (French Community Commission) at Médiatine (BE, 2021) ; Prix des Amis de La Cambre (BE, 2020).