With weKONEKT.brussels, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) contribute to the development of a free, connected, resilient and committed urban community. The universities offer young creatives opportunities to develop into independent and engaged individuals, critical global citizens and social leaders of the future. Brussels becomes a class room and workplace. Together they connect the students with the stakeholders and the professional field.
This semester, the VUB and ULB virtually rejoin forces with their partners to “occupy the city”, for one week. During the weKONEKT.week they aim to introduce their students and young creatives to the richness, complexity and dream power of Brussels. This edition of the weKONEKT.week will be a hybrid edition. A combination of 'off campus' and online initiatives including classes, cultural activities, sports, podcasts, parties etc.
As part of the weKONEKT.week, MAD is hosting two Brussels-based young professional artists. Both are residents at Pilar, an artistic laboratory in Brussels for young people, located at the VUB. It is an exhibition area for art by young, innovative creators and established figures, cross-fertilised with the ground-breaking knowledge of scientists.
Margot Van den Berghe is a Belgian textile artist. She graduated in 2021 with a Masters degree in Textile Design at Luca School of Arts Ghent. Margot became laureate in “De OptimistenKlasse” in July 2021. She did an intership with Klaas Rommelaere in 2020. She is currently in residency at Pilar.
Ilke Cop (°1988) is an art historian, launched her own fashion label in 2015 and started her art practice in 2019. Through paintings and installations she creates large-scale contemporary allegories in which self-portraits play a central role. In addition to representing the female artist throughout art history, themes such as privilege, materialism and Belgium's colonial past are discussed. Her early art career has already resulted in a myriad of projects, such as inclusion in the Kunstenfestival Watou, Pass & Belgicart and a solo exhibition with Tatjana Pieters in Ghent. In May 2022, Cop's work will be on display at NADA New York.
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