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Border Buda/firma
Zaaien en Oogsten
UPCOMING
25.04.2024—26.05.2024


1/NEL MAERTENS at firma vilvoorde
Border Buda Festival

opening weekend: april 26-28
Schaarbeeklei 636, 1800 Vilvoorde

2/NEL MAERTENS & WOCHE at firma brussels
art brussels - brussels jewellery week

Solo exhibition + collaboration with jewellery brand Woche

vernissage: thursday april 25, 5-10pm
firma talk: may 23
Locquenghienstraat 35, 1000 Brussel

Maria
Pekpottenbak meets NEL
Collection of ceramic paintings, designed and made in collaboration with Caroline Coenen.
12.2023

All handmade in Antwerp.

︎︎︎Discover the full collection here





Pictures by Britt Guns
324 mountains between us
Europalia Georgia
Costume design for a dance performance.

︎︎︎Tickets and info

CHOREOGRAPHY & DANCE: Femke Gyselinck
MUSIC: Anushka Chkheidze
SCENOGRAPHY: Aslı Çiçek
SCENOGRAPHY PROJECT ASSISTANCE: Olivia de Bree
DANCE DRAMATURGY: Steven Michel
LIGHTS: Elke Verachtert
SOUND: Milan Van Doren
INTERNSHIP: Lucas Resende
ASSIGNMENT AND COPRODUCTION: europalia georgia
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: GRIP
INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION A Propic - Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent, Lara van Lookeren
COPRODUCTION: Perpodium
RESIDENCIES: workspacebrussels, KWP Kunstenwerkplaats, kunstencentrum nona, corso, GC De Kriekelaar, théâtre varia, P.A.R.T.S, VIERNULVIER
WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF: the Flemish government, Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government via Cronos Invest
Out & aBouts
BILLBOARD DOLOROSA
Outdoors group exhibition as part of the ‘New Horizons, Dieric Bouts Festival’ in Leuven.
16.11.2023—09.01.2024

Curating The Young collaborated with the ErfgoedApp to curate a walk around the Vaart area with several artistic stops. Five artists made their interpretation of the characteristics of Bouts: perspective, landscapes, everyday elements and emotionlessness.

For my first open-air work ever, I got inspired by one of my most favorite paintings; ‘Mater Dolorosa’ by the atelier of Dieric Bouts. I translated this pastel drawing into a screenprint on wood.

FOR SALE: Edition of 26 screenprints on paper (same image as billboard)
67,5x96 cm
€75
Send me an email if you’re interested in buying one!
Or order online by clicking here.
Print by Studio Rombus.
offSHOW 
Zaaien en Oogsten
Various installations throughout Antwerp showcasing the fashion talents of academy alumni and partners.

09.06—10.06.2023

The first edition of offSHOW showcased Nadav Perlman, Nel Maertens,
Christian Wijnants and
KOMONO. offSHOW 2023 was curated by Brandon Wen and organised by Flanders DC for fashion in collaboration with the Antwerp fashion department and Stad Antwerpen.

I presented the second edition of 'Zaaien en Oogsten'. The installation in five colors, celebrates springtime. Inspired by the flowering plants of my native region. A 185-square-meter space was sprinkled with brightly colored pigment, diluted with wheat flour, child of the field. Poppies, cornflowers, chamomile and yellow gooseflowers form the hopeful color palette of the cultivated land. This also refers to the pre-war biodiversity: annual plant species, a wealth for animals small and large.

A limited series of T-shirts and decks were made in collaboration with Lockwood Skateshop
For every piece sold, we donated to VZW Durme, to enable more nature conservation.