Melissa Mabesoone

© Fred Debrock
© Fred Debrock


After an introduction to Philosophy, Melissa Mabesoone (°1988, BE) studied Fine Arts at the KASK. After her studies she moved to Amsterdam for a while where she worked at Kunstverein Amsterdam, a.o. on the performance In:quest of Icarus in the Stedelijk Museum.

In her artistic practice Melissa explored the boundaries between the public and the private and explored the banal as a political fact: a.o. in exhibitions or (performative) interventions at OT301 (Amsterdam), duo (Paris), Sale Dockx (Venice), M HKA (Antwerp), Verbeke Foundation (Kemzeke).

At the end of 2012 she founded the collective 'buren' together with Oshin Albrecht. Their work consists of performances, videos, photographs and installations and deals with themes such as neoliberal fantasies, femininity, sexuality, community and living. They made their first film Parkways during the BijlmAir residency in Amsterdam, did a postgraduate at the HISK as a duo and released the book Confusion of Tongues at Posture Editions. Their latest performance Blue Skies Forever premiered on TAZ last summer. The cross-over practice of buren is shown in a visual arts as well as theater-related context at STUK, Vooruit, Pukkelpop, de Brakke Grond, Netwerk Aalst, Galery Am Polylog, Z33, Gouvernement, Buda, Beursschouwburg, Casco, Tatjana Pieters.

Melissa also acted in Assaf Gruber's one-shot film Anonimity of the night (2015) and worked for Dora Garcia, a.o. on On Reconciliation (2018). Since 2015, she has worked in the series of conversation performances by Peter Aers, as a performer in Against Interpretation and as a scenographer for Crime and Punishment (2017) and the Pain of Others (2018).

Furthermore, since 2018 Melissa has been involved in Engagement, an organization that fights sexism, (sexual) cross-border behaviour and abuse of power in the arts in Belgium. In season 2019-2020 she performed in the NTGent production Anatomy of Pain by Lies Pauwels.