Working as an artist, architectural researcher and writer based in Brussels, my practice operates at the intersection of different disciplines to investigate the social political dimension of architecture and the urban environment. I’m interested in the influence of formal spatial/political power structures on our living environment, and in the informal counter-strategies people create to deal with them. In 2016/2017 I worked as a Jan van Eyck participant on Grand Tour Europa, an artistic research project regarding the spatial understanding of tourism and migration in the context of the politics of cultural identity in the European Union. Since 2018 I work on Colonial Traces, an ongoing multi-layered artistic research project on the colonial history of the Netherlands in Indonesia.

Together with Rob Ritzen I founded That Might Be Right, an artistic and socially engaged organisation dedicated to researching, developing and supporting alternatives to the present. Since 2017 I also teach history and theory of architecture at the Academy of Architecture and since 2018 I work as an editor for Archined.

Selection of recent works:

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    • PROJECTS

2018/2020, Colonial Traces

2018/2019, Future Heritage I, in collaboration with Vooruit and the students of the second-year autonomous design class of KASK, Ghent

2016/2017, Grand Tour Europa: Tourists, refugees, global shoppers,
exiles, artists, migrants and other adventurers, what do they have in common?

2015/2020, Transgresion/Transition: an exploration of the Senne and its surroundings

2015, État des Lieux: Reflecting on the Edge. Project team: Laura Muyldermans, Rob Ritzen, Jorg De Vriese, Pepijn Kennis, Wouter De Raeve and Paoletta Holst

2014/2015, Prison Gear (website) project by BAVO. Project team: Gideon Boie, Fie Vandamme and Paoletta Holst

2013/2014, Ambivalent Marseille, Immigration and urban strategies

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    • EXHIBITIONS

2020, What Bungalows Can Tell, part of Transient Museum of a Thousand Conversations, at ISCP New York City

2019, Listening session #4, part of The Water Party by David Bernstein, at a Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam

2019, What Bungalows Can Tell, part of the exhibition 900mdpl: Hantu-Hantu Seribu Percakapan, Kaliurang, Indonesia

2019, Double Lives, installation and lecture performance, at Periferia Festival, Drogenbos

2017, Layered Not Blended, at BREW, Brussels

2017, Europe Starts Here, installation and reading performance at
W-o-l-k-e, Brussels

2017, Europe Starts Here, installation and reading performance at Jan van Eyck Open Studio’s, Maastricht

2016, Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee radio interview at Marres Tourist Office Maastricht, listen here

2016, A Particular Scenario – Cat in Box, Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam

2015, Transgresion/Transition: an exploration of the Senne and its surroundings, Enough Room for Space HQ, Drogenbos (southern periphery of Brussels)

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    • LECTURES

2017, Lecture “Europe Starts Here,” Kunstlicht magazine launch “Constructed Identities”, Dokzaal, Amsterdam

2017, Lecture “Grand Tour Europa,” symposium Art & the Future City, Beursschouwburg, Brussels

2016, Lecture “Grand Tour Europa,” Jan van Eyck Institute, Maastricht

2016, Lecture “Jungle Europa,” Architecture & Activism class, Sint Lukas Architecture (KULeuven), Brussels

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    • WRITINGS

2019, reportage: ‘Door vragen het koloniale verleden bevragen’. Published on Archined.nl

2018, review: ‘Kan de architectuur er iets aan doen dat de wereld verandert?’ Published in A+ Architecture

2018, review: ‘Achter de schermen van goede bedoelingen’. Published on Archined.nl

2017, essay: ‘Europe Starts Here‘. Published as brochure

2017, review: ‘Renzo Martens en David Gianotten/OMA: het (post)koloniale dilemma’ (Dutch version) and ‘Renzo Martens and David Gianotten/OMA: the (post)colonial dilemma’ (English version). Published on Archined.nl

2017, Conversations from Jan van Eyck Academy by Raewyn Martyn, Paoletta Holst & Murdoch Stephens. Published on Contemporary HUM

2016, review: ‘Het goede leven bouwen we samen’. Published in A+ Architecture

2014, text contribution: Inside – Outside. Published in House with Doors and Windows, March 2014