Creator of ‘Brusseleir Digger’, the exhibition in ING Art Center Brussels (part of Listen Festival 2018). Photographs are done by Thomas Sweertvaegher. Koen and Thomas met in 2013 and have been interviewing and photographing Belgian vinyl collectors ever since.
“Something truly delightful happened during the preparation of this exhibition. I met 10 strangers and invited myself in their houses and intimate spaces. Each one of them welcomed me like a good friend, offered me coffee or tea and lent me 10 of their favorite records, explaining that it was the first time they let records leave their collection. I was astonished, realizing that I had never thought of this when setting up this project. Would I myself lend 10 records to a stranger? My point being: these 10 people are part of this exhibition because of who they are: open minded and beautiful people willing to share the richness of their lifelong passion. These 10 stories and 100 records are meant to show my beloved Brussels, where I was born and live. I truly hope you are as excited as myself to immerse yourself into their musical worlds”.