Stephan Goldrajch was born in 1985 in Ramat Gan, Israel. He lives and works in Belgium.
In his practice, he combines various techniques: textiles, texts, drawings, installations, found materials. He multiplies colours and forms and is inspired by folk tales, myths, and the ancestral magical imagination, from Voodoo to the Kabbalah. For him, art is like a rite that descends on all aspects of existence and intertwines with each person’s life.
In his work, Stephan Goldrajch seeks to find the best way to “combine art and social cohesion”: encounters and interaction are at the heart of his practice. Often, he starts from “deficiencies and shortcomings, to rewrite a story, to refound it and create something else.” His way of doing things is nomadic and he is not attached to a fixed studio. This allows him to reinforce the participatory aspect of his practice: it is not uncommon for him to rub shoulders with strangers to art, whom he encounters in the course of his work. He seeks to compare their existences and practices with his own in order to generate a new dimension in his work and enrich his own techniques, feeding them both with ancestral traditions and with his encounters.
Stephan Goldrajch’s œuvre was shown in numerous institutional exhibitions (selection): International Carnival and Mask Museum (Binche), Museum of contemporary art (Athens), Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion sociale (Brussels), CENTRALE for contemporary art (Brussels), Centre Wallonie- Bruxelles (Paris), Le Brass – Centre culturel de Forest (Brussels), Centre international de Formation en Arts du Spectacle CIFAS (Brussels), Jewish Museum of Belgium (Brussels), Iselp contemporary art center (Brussels), Museum of Ixelles (Brussels), MusAfrica – Musée Africain de Namur (Namur), Maison des Arts (Saint-Herblain), Haïfa Museum of Art (Haïfa).
He was on residency in Sanxingdui (China), in Armenia and in Bulgaria in 2019 and in the School of African Heritage (Benin) in 2018. In 2019, he did a series of performances in Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles in Paris (Les Juges). His book «Poème d’Arménie» (in collaboration with Myriam Rispens) was published in 2020. He is also author of «Masques» (2021), «Les 8 récits fondateurs» (2018) and «Le Bouc Emissaire selon Stephan Goldrajch» (2018).