Never before have visual artists from Belgium and poets from abroad worked together – until now. Curious to find out what this creative cross-pollination will lead to? Then set out on a poetic stroll through Brussels with Passa Porta.
Brussels is pure poetry
It is a city full of contrasts, paradoxes and emotions, a city which plays with the words of everyone, of everywhere and always. The city is constantly changing; it is a laboratory that calls out for creation.
For a whole week, the poets immersed themselves in the daily life of a piece of Brussels in the company of a Belgian artist. They visited the squares, parks and streets, the houses and cafes, and listened to the inhabitants and their stories. They then wrote new poetry on the basis of their impressions, in a language which is the mother tongue of a great many Brussels residents.
Over the past few years, the visual artists have been responsible for a number of temporary interventions in Brussels' public space, whereby they have added their visual interpretation to the work of the poets. The local residents were also active partners, for example by taking part in workshops on word and image.
Furthermore, each artist is creating a permanent work of art, a symbiosis of the poet's and artist's view of the district they visited together. Ten works have since been inaugurated. The ultimate aim is a poetic circuit of twelve works of art of lasting value throughout the city. Another way of ‘reading' the city.