Els Silvrants-Barclay is a curator and an activist. She currently works with the Community Land Trust in Brussels, building permanently affordable housing projects based on a mixed ownership- and anti-speculative development model. In her curatorial and activist practice, she investigates strategies to render visible, dismantle and reinvent procedures, languages, models, tools, frames of reference and other kinds of institutional behaviour that condition the way we perceive and organise the world today.
Till December 2018 she directed the contemporary arts centre Netwerk Aalst, transitioning the institution into an artist-centred commissioning structure. Previously she was in charge of Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders (CAHF), a collaboration between the four contemporary art museums S.M.A.K., Mu.ZEE, Middelheimmuseum & M HKA on how to think and practice contemporary collecting. From 2010 to 2012 she coordinated the Advanced Master in Theatre Studies at the University of Antwerp, where she also taught a course in dance theory. From 2004 to 2010 she lived in Beijing in China, where she founded the Institute for Provocation in 2005, and worked as curator and artistic director for several exhibitions, projects, and organisations. Since 2009 she organises her independent work under the flag of Louiza.
Louiza programs, researches, provokes, produces and advises in the global realm of contemporary artistic production. Louiza operates through the collaborative intelligence of a group of artists, curators, writers, theorists, producers, architects, and other creative workers in China, Korea, Central Asia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Germany. Since its inception in 2009, Louiza's tailor-made constellations of people have provided much valued programs, knowledge and support to different foundations, organizations, institutions and governments across the world.