Inside the Black Box
Enough already with gratuitously using the virtual world as as dumping ground, illustrator Shamisa Debroey must have thought when she came up with the idea of the Black Box, her answer to the current trend of unloading our worries anonymously in the virtual world.
For a brief moment, the Box will literally and figuratively be the darkest corner of Brussels: you drop your boldest statement in a large box, in which three duos of illustrators and poets get to work on them and offer your worries an artistic release. The end result will be shown that evening in the Beurscafé.
Artist duos Zed and David J. McMillan, Esohe Weyden and Frederik Van den Stock, and Moka Boka and Sarah Adriaenssens worked all afternoon on the worries of the Passa Porta Festivalgoers.
You can discover the results of their hard work during this performance in the Beurscafé. This time you yourself have to enter the Black Box. You will be plunged into a wonderful world, created by you and your visual and word artists – WiFi free.
Zadok Umoru – aka Zed – is a rapper and part of the hip hop collective Soul’Art. He has been making music and writing texts from a young age already. Of Nigerian origin, this Mechelen resident raps in English.
David J. McMillan
David J. McMillan is a Northern Irish illustrator from Bristol, in the UK. His work has been published in The Guardian and Wired UK, among others. McMillan’s work in two words: organized chaos.
Sefora Sam is a young slam poetess from the Congo who writes in Lingala, French and English. Her poetry is inspired by music, emotions and her own experiences. She has self-published The Thrill of Victory.
Frederik Van den Stock
Frederik Van den Stock is a cartoonist and graphic novelist. His cartoons have appeared in, among others, Knack, De Standaard and The New York Times. In 2010 he published Ik Zien A Geire, and his graphic novel Buck was released in the spring 2018.
Esohe Weyden is a (slam) poetess and presenter from Antwerp. In her poems she sets her views of the world, past and present against a rhythmical background. In 2018 she was a finalist of the Belgian Slam Poetry Championship.
Illustrator Sadrie, aka Sarah Adriaenssens, was born in Brazil and currently lives in Antwerp. She makes poetic, colourful and stripped-down posters, murals and animations.
Passa Porta, Beursschouwburg