Border Buda is a cultural project focusing on the Buda area, an industrial zone spanning Machelen, Vilvoorde and Brussels. Buda is rife with vacant buildings, roaring trucks, deafening airplanes, disorganised architecture and rampant weeds. It is an industrial grey zone, with a rich history and great potential. Unfortunately, the area is a blind spot for many residents of the three neighbouring municipalities.

Together with a number of artists, the project wants to take a first step towards exploring this area with the aim of turning the gaze of the inhabitants of Machelen, Vilvoorde and Brussels (Haren) back on Buda to make it an intergenerational meeting place once again. The first phase of the project focuses on artistic installations in public space as well as the search for a permanent place in the vacant buildings in Buda. The implementation of the artistic works is the result of a close collaboration between the artists and the curators Anna Laganovska and Koi Persyn.

In addition to six residency trajectories, three other artists will be invited to create a permanent artwork in public space, a socio-cultural trajectory focusing on industrial heritage will start, and the local cultural partners Firma, Buda Bxl and De Onderstroom (Horst) will each realise an artistic intervention.Central to the project are the axes of transportation that form Buda’s identity: the railway, the Vilvoorde viaduct, the water (Zenne and Canal) and the future bike arteries. These transport axes, their different speeds and the borders that cross the area (between the different municipalities, but also regions) are the parameters on which the project is based. Thus, the artistic starting point is the physical principle of ‘speed’, namely the distance traveled per unit of time (v (speed) = d (distance) / t (time)).

Border Buda will be launched with the inauguration of the artwork Landmarks by Ilke Gers on October 27, 2023, starting the process of commissioning and developing artworks in public space, which will result in an exhibition and public programme opening from 26 - 28 of April 2024.  Border Buda will run for three years and is supported by the Flemish Government and the municipalities of Vilvoorde, Brussels and Machelen.


Koi Persyn (°1996, BE)  is a curator and writer based in Brussels. He obtained a master’s degree in Fine Arts (2019), followed by a postgraduate degree in Curatorial Studies (2020), both at KASK in Ghent. During his education, Persyn founded a residency programme at Het Paviljoen in Ghent. He participated in the exchange programme with BIDAI in Kanazawa (JP, 2017) and was selected for the Young Curators Program (2019) as a trainee for the Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Together with Laila Melchior, Persyn won the Lichen Curatorial Prize 2021 and they carried out their exhibition proposal at Jester (formerly CIAP) in Genk (2022). Persyn is co-curator of Publiek Park, a group exhibition, public programme and publication at Citadelpark, Ghent (2021) and Harmoniepark, Albertpark & Provincietuin, Antwerp (2023). Persyn is a curator at Komplot in Brussels, and the project coördinator of Off the Grid, the residency and presentation platform of Cas-co in Leuven.

Anna Laganovska (°1996, LV) is an independent curator and writer based in Antwerp. She has studied Art History and Theory at the Art Academy of Latvia, Riga and Cultural Studies at KU Leuven. In 2022, she completed the post-graduate programme in Curatorial Studies at KASK in Ghent. Anna Laganovska has worked as a curatorial assistant at Frans Masereel Centrum. Her recent curatorial projects include Flowers at Room Temperature, the central exhibition of Antwerp Art Weekend at De Studio, Antwerp (2023), Bodies of Work at Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp (2022), as well as Publiek Park at Citadelpark, Ghent (2021) and at Harmoniepark, Albertpark & Provincietuin, Antwerp (2023).


Project lead : Sarah Demoen
Production coordinator: Lara Claes
Technical team: .The Workshop
Graphic design : Victor Verhelst
Web development : Studio Colibri


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