The Brussels Bike Hundred

100 portraits, stories and bicycles

We’re teaming up with Bike for Brussels to put together a 100-strong selection of local heroes shaping the city each in their own way. From designers and DJs to performers and publishers, these are the creatives riding Brussels forward.

Lisa Lapierre

Lisa Lapierre

Photographer, video-maker and performer (1991)

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I’m a French artist based in Brussels working with different media such as photography, video, sound and performance in order to recover memories or teenagers’ feelings. After studying at La Cambre I started the Foreseen project, an art residency for young artists in Brussels trying to create a bridge between art schools and the art world. Running it for four years taught me a lot about Brussels and gave me the confidence to go back to my own art practice. I’m now represented by a newborn agency promoting new talents in France and Belgium called Newcomers and I’ve actually just left Brussels for the first time in seven years to go shoot my first long movie while travelling around the world.

How has Brussels shaped you as an individual as well as your professional activities?

Taking the chance to live and work in Brussels was one of the best decisions I’ve made so far. The city has so much to offer young artists. Of course, the city’s political and financial aspects could be improved or better explained, but at the same time, Brussels allows you to be chill as a young artist. Maybe it’s the people I’ve met along the way or the city’s vibe, but everything has turned out pretty good for me, even if I didn’t come from a privileged social background. I have the feeling that Brussels-based art initiatives are open to the outside. If you dare enough, you can do whatever you want here. However, maybe I only have this feeling because I felt so repressed in France.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • My cheap coffee spot, Fika on Rue de la Paix / Vredestraat. This is Brussels’ best coffee place for me.
  • The weird feeling I get when I hear the Brussels roller parade passing down the street. The kid inside me is excited by the shitty music, but my adult side is tickled because I know they probably blocked my girlfriend’s car 500m away from home’ and she’s about to return home all pissed off.
  • The small architectural details you’ll find in every neighbourhood. You can take the same road fifty times and still notice something different every time. I like the simplicity of Brussels, how they turn a mess into something simple – I mean, just think of Belgian solutions, they’re insane.

If you dare enough, you can do whatever you want here.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • My dislike for public transport.
  • My love for old vintage bikes.
  • My inability to skateboard.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

  • Riding along the canal, from Brussels-South station to the docks, because it’s flat, chill and always sunny during summer.
  • Riding through suburban areas like Watermael-Boitsfort/Bosvoorde, because it’s super cute, and when the weather is too hot – yes it happens – it’s always slightly cooler there. I used to ride there when I worked for Deliveroo.
  • From Louise up Saint-Gilles / Sint-Gillis, because it’s flat, you can go shopping, get an ice-cream and then ride to Bois de la Cambre / Ter Kamerenbos. My perfect Sunday ride.
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