Location, Nomadland, 2019

The global only exists by the generosity of the local.

Koen Vanmechelen

Nomadland is realised by the city of Genk and the residents of Zwartberg, based on a concept by Koen Vanmechelen. Collaboration with surrounding communities – near and far – is one of the basic pillars shaping Koen Vanmechelen's work. His art is steeped in the spirit of the nomad, the outsider. An element looking for fertilisation outside of its cocoon and in so doing fertilising other communities as well.

For its part, the city of Genk aims to use the new, organic development of LABIOMISTA as a lever for the socio-economic development of the neighbourhood. Nomadland was built on that intersection of objectives. It connects the existing allotments to the west of Meeuwerstraat with LABIOMISTA. With its allotment gardens, picnic areas, an open space for events and room for food trucks, Nomadland is a place of collective equality, of fertilisation. It connects LABIOMISTA with the surrounding neighbourhood. Vanmechelen: “Nomadland creates an atmosphere in which people meet others to build a 'common' with ingredients from all over the world.” The artist refers to the nomad, the traveller along the Silk Road who joins together the riches of various cultures. For the him, the produce brought forth by the allotment gardens is the contemporary equivalent of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

  • Installations and artworks by Koen Vanmechelen: Nomadland, neon installation
  • Architect of the picnic tables: Voet en De Brabandere