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September 2020
Brussels 2nd edition

Matrimony : Tangible or intangible good of artistic or historical importance inherited from women

About

Who are we ?

Although the Heritage Days have been around for decades, the Matrimony Days have been missing in Belgium. Initiated in Paris 5 years ago, the Matrimony Days are spreading in France … and now in Brussels for the second consecutive year.

On the initiative of the platform L’architecture qui dégenre and the non-profit organisation L’Ilot – Sortir du sans-abrisme, the Matrimony Days will take place in Brussels on 25, 26 and 27 September 2020.


Apolline Vranken – Organization & programming

From 2014, Apolline Vranken will be involved in the Cercle Féministes de l’ULB and is passionate about the issues of gender relations in space and urban equality. She investigates these themes in her graduation work « Des béguinages à l’architecture féministe. Comment interroger et subvertir les rapports de genre matérialisés dans l’habitat ? », published by Université des Femmes in 2018. After graduating in architecture in 2017 (Faculty of Architecture ULB), Apolline joined the editorial team of the magazine A+ Architecture in Belgium for one year. Today, she works as an architect in the Urban Platform office and as a project manager for the non-profit organisation L’Ilot-Sortir du sans-abrisme. With her platform L’architecture qui dégenre, she is also at the initiative of the Belgian edition of the Matrimony Days.

Anaïs Pereira – Organization & programming

Graduated from the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre-Horta ULB in 2017, she now works at non-profit organisation CERAA, providing advice and support to professionals in the field of sustainable construction and renovation. She is trained in materials such as lime and stone, and specializes in raw earth. At the same time, Anaïs is very interested in feminist contents and news (resources and activist tools, readings, conferences, exhibitions, etc.). Since 2019, Anaïs has been in charge of the programming of the Belgian edition of the Matrimony Days.

Goals

The Matrimony Days shed light on the historical Brussels matrimony – architectural, sculptural, urbanistic, social. On the other hand, the Matrimony Days are also an opportunity to discover the current heritage – artistic, political and feminist.

Beyond the discovery of Brussels’ matrimony, which is sometimes, and often even overshadowed, the fundamental question of access to property ownership for women and related professions is transversally raised during workshops led by female experts and throughout the visits conducted by professionals in the field.

The programme as a whole thus makes it possible to report on the participation of women in the many professions related to heritage.

Activities & Tools

Looking for an activity for your association and your team?

L’architecture qui dégenre offers several formats of guided tours adapted to your desires and needs.

info@matrimonydays.be

Looking for advice on how to think about the public space/your workplace/your living space in an egalitarian way?

L’architecture qui dégenre has been developing its expertise in this area since 2016 and can assist you in the design and construction of your projects.

info@matrimonydays.be

Press

Contact

press@matrimonydays.be

Press kit

Press kit in French 2020 (.pdf)

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Color version

Black & white version

Negative version

Archives

Press review 2019 (.pdf)
Activity report 2019 (.pdf)

Publications

Des béguinages à l’architecture féministe. Comment interroger et subvertir les rapports de genre matérialisés dans l’habitat ?, Université des Femmes, Bruxelles, 2018. Thesis under the supervision of Christine Schaut

  • First Mention of the Jury Dissertation Prize of the Faculty of Architecture (ULB)
  • First Prize of the Université des Femmes for a thesis in the field of feminist studies

« Simone Kroll », The Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture, Brown Lori et Burns Karen (éd.), Bloomsbury, London, 2021.

« Tussen Ruimte », The Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture, Brown Lori et Burns Karen (éd.), Bloomsbury, London, 2021.

« Arsenal, du hall industriel à la rue conviviale », ACROSS – 8 OFFICES, 8 OBJECTS, 8 PROJECTS, Le Grelle Roxane (éd.), BOZAR, A+, VAi, Faculté d’Architecture ULiège, Brussels, 2018, 74-75.

« Des béguinages à l’architecture féministe », Chronique féministe, 2018, n°122, 43-44.

« De l’importance du chemin » (en collaboration avec Lisa De Visscher), A+, 2018, n°275, 49-51.

« Autorité et autodérision », A+, 2018, n°272, 30-32.

« Un scophile inavoué », A+, 2018, n°272, 90-91.

« House O », A+, 2018, n°272, 92.

« Lolo Ferrari », A+, 2018, n°272, 93.

© Louis Van Ginneken

L'architecture qui dégenre
L'Ilot
Université Libre de Belgique
Université Catholique de Louvain
La Ville de Bruxelles
Théâtre National
ARBA-ESA
A+ Architecture in Belgium
Les Brigittines