From August 2019 to April 2020 I have been acting as a ‘poetic adviser’ on the renovation of De Koer, a cultural arts centre in Brugse Poort, a working-class neighbourhood on the outskirts of Ghent. Under the motto ‘If you remodel De Koer, you have to remodel the entire neighbourhood’, I started drawing on Meibloemstraat, the street De Koer is located on. There I encountered many of its residents, such as a druid, lonely Kozemieke and the nuns of the religious order the Kleine Zusters van Nazaret (Little Sisters of Nazareth). I unveiled stories that would have remained invisible without the drawing, and the remodel got under way without moving a single brick.
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