Portret Traumnovelle Barbara Salome Felgenhauer
© Barbara Salome Felgenhauer

Traumnovelle (2015, Brussel, BE) was founded in 2015 by the architects Léone Drapeaud (b. 1987, Canberra, AU), Manuel León Fanjul (b. 1990, Charleroi, BE) and Johnny Leya (b. 1990, Kinshasa, DRC). The Brussels-based firm positions itself as a militant faction that weaves fiction and non-fiction into projects on paper or in stone.  

In its work, Traumnovelle highlights socio-political themes through interventions that have a radical impact on their surroundings and thus spark debate. Standard materials are incorporated into buildings, installations and scenographies that highlight the potential of a place and add fresh layers (of meaning) to it. Inspiring you to dream of going further, these collaborative projects design the space for continued growth.  

Traumnovelle appeared on the international radar with Eurotopie, the Belgian contribution to the Venice Biennale (2018). In 2022 they designed the scenography for Horst Festival and were guests at Bozar with the exhibition Project Palace. More recently, their installation Congolisation was on display in Style Congo. Heritage & Heresy at CIVA in Brussels (2023).

About the location

The courtyard of the Stadshallen will not only be given a unique look for the occasion, but you will also be able to view and experience the square from a new perspective through the work of Traumnovelle.

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