Artists Respond to Heterotopia

A revised page to this website:

Heterotopia is being explored by artists in paintings, collages, photographs, films and installations. I have written a brief introduction to some of these artists’ work  – art essay cont pdf. Examples of art inspired by heterotopia include:

1. Åsdam Knut’s works as a film-maker, installation artist, sculptor and photographer. He has written an important essay on ‘Art, pornography and heterotopia’ – knut-asdam-article-pdf.

Knut’s wider work is explored in:

Knut Åsdam: The Long Gaze The Short Gaze (2011). Essays by Kaja Silverman, Philippe Pirotte, Simon Sheikh – a result of Åsdam’s 2010 exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall.

2. Fiona Ackerman’s paintings have explored the art studio and gardens through the lens of heterotopia.


Heterotopia  (2011) acrylic and oil on canvas.

Revolution (2016) oil and acrylic on canvas.


3. Many of Vincent J Stoker’s photographs reinterpret heterotopia.

Heterotopia - Autopsy of a Dream (Vincent J Stoker)

Heterotopia – Autopsy of a Dream (Vincent J Stoker)

Heterotopia - The tragic fall - Hétérotopie #HEFMI - 135 x 170 cm

Heterotopia – The tragic fall – (Vincent J Stoker)

4. French artist  Thierry Fournier explores heterotopia as a network of interfaces and surfaces, intimately coupling people and diverse forms of technology.

5. Lien Truong’s paintings include work that  embraces heterotopias ‘as sites that mirror, distort, and invert other spaces‘.



Heterotopias as Other, Solo Exhibition, Nhà Sàn Art Space, 24 Lý Quốc Sư Hoàn KiếmHanoi, Vietnam. August 5-16, 2015

6. Karine Laval’s artistic practice encompasses photography, video and installation/projection and a recent body of her work explores gardens and heterotopia.

7. As seen in his exhibition, The View of Heterotopos, You Jin’s work references many contemporary spatial ideas, including heterotopia.

8. Lost and Found – a collaborative installation by artists Patrick Holley, Chris Lillywhite and April Virgoe – explores Foucault’s heterotopia par excellence: the ship.








9. I would also pick out a book compiled by Shezad Dawood which was published on the occasion of an exhibition: Black Sun: Alchemy, Diaspora and Heterotopia. Dawood integrates the concept here and there, particularly in relation to a film by Maya Deren: Meshes of the Afternoon (1943).

Dawood, S. (2013) Black sun: alchemy, diaspora and heterotopia, London:  Ridinghouse.









11 May 2018