Joep van Lieshout is an artist and designer. He studied at the Academy of Modern Art in Rotterdam, Ateliers '63 in Haarlem and Villa Arson in Nice. In 1995 he set up Atelier van Lieshout (AVL) in Rotterdam, a multidisciplinary collective that carries out projects in the field of architecture, design and contemporary art. In recent years AVL has equally focused on developing large-scale and long-term projects such as AVL-Ville, an anarchistic free state in Rotterdam's former dockland (2001-2003) and the sinister dystopian project SlaveCity (2005 - ongoing). Slave City is an imaginary, highly profitable concentration camp which can be read as a dark architectural vision of perfect efficiency, and sustainability-as-principle-of-oppression. Van Lieshout has been awarded numerous prices, amongst which the Kurt Schwitters Award (2004), the Stankowski Award (2002) and the Prix de Rome (1991). In 2008 his work was shown in a vast retrospective in the Ludwig Forum fr Internationale Kunst (Aachen), and earlier in solo's in the Museum Folkwang, Essen, (2008), the Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2004) and PS1, New York (2001), amongst others. Work by the artist is represented in numerous collections, such as the MOMA, New York, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, FNAC, Paris, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam and the Prada Foundation, Milan.