Panorama 1080, a collective composed of four KU Leuven master students Marjoleine Delva, Maria Vasquez, Yesim Bektas and Michelle Hernandez, is organizing a children’s exhibition in Brussels (Sint-Jans-Molenbeek). With MIMA’s current exhibition A Friendly Takeover, Panorama 1080 is juxtaposing some of the most current topics in Brussels in an effort to shed light on the issues of intercultural interactions amongst children finding their identity in Brussels and flexing their voice through street art. You are invited to partake in the youth’s exhibition on Friday 28 April 2017 from 14h00-18h00 at ‘The Malterie’, Henegouwenkaai 41/43, Sint-Jans-Molenbeek.
Panorama 1080 is a cultural and arts educative project for children of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek with a twofold objective. On the one hand it’s an art educative project for school aged children that aims to give them a unique artistic experience. It’s a project for kids, by kids. It aims to stimulate their creativity by giving them the opportunity to create their own artwork in the format of a workshop, which contributes to their general identity formation. Specifically, Panorama 1080 aims to give these children a total experience into the urban art world. In order to do this, Panorama 1080 will work in conjunction with MIMA’s exhibition by Boris Tellegen aka ‘Delta’.
The program will expose local children to street art on exhibition at MIMA, guide them to generate their own artistic style, and give them tools to explore self and expression through street art style graffiti. Through a series of three encounters, pupils in 6th grade at Vier Winden Basisschool will first learn about Tellegen’s art, what it represents, and ways to interpret it. In a guided workshop, pupils will then create their own version of street art graffiti on cardboard with provided materials. In that way they can develop the skill of making art themselves and the process that goes with it. Finally, they will exhibit their art for their families, school, and neighborhood to share their world views with their community.
Secondly, Panorama 1080 has a broader purpose to include others in the project: parents, the neighborhood, people from outside Brussels by concluding the project with a public exhibition. In that way the broader purpose is to encourage out a more positive image of the community of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek. Panorama 1080 is eager to break down stereotypes around this district as a poor or even dangerous ghetto. As a melting pot of customs, cultures, languages, and peoples, Sint-Jans-Molenbeek is a unique forum to explore the concept of individuals and societies. Or as said with the words of the Brussels writer and political philosopher Bleri Lleshi: “Brussels is a city without an owner. This city is a collection of people from all corners of the world. There are so many differences here. In cultures, traditions, languages, religions, norms and values. We can hardly do anything else than start from those differences. What connects people from Brussels aren’t just resemblances, like everywhere else in the world, but also differences. That’s exactly the reason why Brussels, the most diverse city in the world, is the lab of the future.” (Bleri Lleshi, Inaya: Brief aan mijn kind, 125). It’s this uniqueness of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek and Brussels in general that Panorama 1080 wants to express in a creative way.
The children’s art will be exhibited on Friday 28 April 2017 from 14h00-18h00 at ‘The Malterie’, Henegouwenkaai 41/43, Sint-Jans-Molenbeek.
The exhibition will be in Dutch. Participation is free and open to all. For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/111328862699865/