Architecture, Design, Visual Arts and Identity at Z33 | Words by Nafiseh Soolari & Images Courtesy of Z33

Dear Shaded Viewers,

The gallery is set to embrace its curated pieces aptly titled—Fitting In, Composite Presence & Elias Ghekiere. In addition, the public art project  ‘Art on the Meuse’ is progressing with upcoming works by Belgian writer Maarten Inghels and American artist Mark Dion.

In Fitting In you see 30 artists work that explore the boundaries of identity between fashion, visual art, photography and design. Christian Bakalov with a forest of colourful ribbons, Alia Ali’s 600 hand-embroidered Indian block prints with motifs of leopards, palm trees and birds. You will see Nazanin Fakoor thematising the censorship that still prevails in Iran today through a purely sensory experience. 

Tom Van Der Borght’s manifesto as visual fireworks, The Fabricant—new work RE-VEIL and Ines Alpha pushes back the boundaries of beauty with the help of augmented reality. Change your perspective with Mous Lamrabat who does not shy away from sensitive issues such as racism, religion, globalisation and human rights. Marwan Bassiouni reinforces the image that the two worlds can stand side by side. 

Designer Lisa Konno and film maker Sarah Blok question what it takes to be a fashion icon. Elisa Van Joolen questions what happens when a disposable object becomes your responsibility. Helen Storey shows the power of fashion to address world problems. Lucy and Jorge Orta built a tent camp in the South Pole, the last place on earth that is not a nation, with artists and activists to make a statement about the climate. Lastly, see where Thierry Geoffroy will literally pitch his tent.

The notable, Composite Presence featured at the Venice Architecture Biennale for the Belgian Pavilion is now coming to Belgium for the first time and featured at Z33.

Finally, a result of the annual collaboration between Z33 & VONK—you can see Elias Ghekiere (°1991, Hasselt) visual language is nourished by historical archetypes and a stylistic eclecticism.



Nafiseh Soolari

Nafiseh Soolari is a creative consultant, writer and photographer— "I love translating the beauty I see in all the moments around me, people, places, things; and I aspire to share my vision: to create a single moment for me and you to connect and realize what this amazing world has to offer..."