10 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Photography exhibitions, record fairs, debates and dirty disco. This weekend’s top agenda fillers.

 1. Thursday 15th September – Bonnefooi invites Parels Voor De Zwijnen at Bonnefooi, Brussels

Stroom’s Nosedrip and Holger’s Captain Starlight team up as Parels Voor De Zwijnen, a like-minded duo that dabbles in “Exhibitionist disco & pseudo house for pigs & sows.” Oink!

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2. Thursday 15th September – Clare Rojas at Alice Gallery, Brussels

San Francisco-based artist, wife of celebrated contemporary Barry McGee, Clare Rojas comes to town for a solo show of her signature subversive work. Defined by its palette of restricted colors and sharp geometric shapes, her paintings combines both abstract narratives with more crafts-based intents. A performance of her alter ego Peggy Honeywell will take place during the opening at 20h00.

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3. Thursday 15th September – Extra Fort: George Gatsas at Recyclart, Brussels

Part of its regular series of carte blanches given to photographers, Recyclart’s Extra Fort sessions provide intimate and insightful inroads into the minds of artists. This Friday’s presentation brings together the works of Swiss photographer George Gatsas and Brussels-based photographer Matthieu Marre.

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4. Friday 16th September – New Belgians at BIP, Brussels

Previously shown at this year’s edition of the Salone del Mobile in Milan, New Belgians unites the emerging class of Belgian design in a bid to distill the new generation’s vision. With work by, amongst others, Frédérique Ficheroulle, Pauline PlusLuis and Romy Design, the group show presents your best bet to take the temperature of today’s design scene.

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5. Friday 15th September – Materials by Hana Miletic at Beurschouwburg, Brussels

Word-favourite Hana Miletic’s work balances the fine line between the anthropological and political, her narrative underpinned by a strong statement of intent. With this exhibition, she presents her weaving practice by exhibiting her new, woven textile works as well as by putting together a programme of workshops, lectures, performances and screenings. Top of the bill? The DJ workshop for women and the Wikipedia edit-a-thin. Essential.  

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6. Saturday 17th September – Mont-Doré + Quadrupède at Atelier 210, Brussels

Part of the extended Word-family, hardcore screamo outfit Mont-Doré’s second album Fractures, released in May, saw the band return to top form. This night at Etterbeek’s Atelier 210 also sees label mates Quadrupède as well as Frenchmen Ed Wood Jr take to the stage.

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7. Thursday 15th September – Show us The Money at FoMu, Antwerp

A debate, framed by the Panama Papers leaks, which sees photographers Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti who registered a fictitious company in Delaware and travelled to Panama, Amsterdam, London, Luxemburg and other places to capture the offshore world. Their talk will be followed by Knack’s Kristof Clerix, a journalist part of the worldwide network of investigative journalists (ICIJ). Not to be missed.

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8. Sunday 18th September – Lara Gasparatto at Stieglitz 19, Antwerp

Ask The Dusk is Gasparatto’s latest series of photographs, which she presents together with a new book at Antwerp’s Stieglitz. Expect sensual, poetic and, at times, near haunting imagery of one of the country’s more prolific photographers.

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9. Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September – Foire du disque, Mons

Over 75 record dealers from across Europe come down on Mons for a weekend of dust, deals and discoveries. One of the lesser-known fairs, it nonetheless boasts an impressive list of dealers and collectors. A must for any self-respecting, hardcore digger.

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10. Friday 16th September – David Widart at Galerie Central, Liège

Showing, for the first time, some of his colour photographs, the ever-so-present artist David Widart – whose work is also currently on show as part of LLS 387’s group show NowBelgiumNow – continues in his exploration of his extensive archive with never-before-seen footage. Full support.

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