Can you describe what you do? Where you are based, the neighbourhood you live in, your daily routine, the people you work with, the scene you feel the closest to.
I’m connected to De Imagerie, a socially active and relevant audiovisual collective, that came to life through a collaboration between Het Bos and Cordon Coffee. De Imagerie experiments with communication and different ways of entrepreneurship in order to get things done. Within the collective, I’m a filmmaker, and I make the film programme. Last summer, we turned Het Bos’ garden into an outdoor cinema and christened the event Visite. We invited ten filmmakers to show their work as well as a film by a director that inspired them. In February, a new edition will be taking place. I live in Borgerhout, where I’m often found working on my upcoming film or having coffee at Viggo’s. They know exactly how I like my coffee, and if you ask for a soup you’ll get a free apple.
How would you say has Antwerp contributed to making you who you are today? What role has the city played in shaping your outlook and career?
KOP has been important to me. The platform supports artists when showing their work, they bring different artists together and give practical advice. Antwerp is full of similar small platforms supporting young artists and entrepreneurs.
Have coffee at Viggo’s. If you ask for a soup you’ll get a free apple.
On a personal level, what would you like to see more of in the city?
Bicycles. Or at least less cars.
To you, what is the best way to spend a weekend in Antwerp? If you had to take out-of-towners to one place that truly symbolises the city, what would it be?
I recently went to the bath house in the Veldstraat for the first time. It’s cosy and you’ll see a diverse amalgam of cultures. So there would be a nice place to start. Then I’d take them for dinner at Wild in the Grote Pieter Potstraat whose food is plant-based and seasonal, but it’s mostly just really tasty, and the sisters running the place put their own art on the walls. On Sundays, head to Het Bos for Otark‘s delicious breakfasts.evavantongeren.com