Michele was born in Belgium, and has lived in Brussels, New York, Warsaw and London. She is a corporate lawyer turned cultural entrepreneur.
From My City is her first venture combining her passion for cities, art, urban creativity and networking. It is a boutique event management and advisory company that creates unique tailor-made networking events, experiences and tours focusing on Arts & Culture. Aside from FMC, she is occasionally involved in legal projects, literary translations and intercultural training programs. A member of the WOPP, she contributes articles on cultural topics.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
Modigliani’s Portrait of a Young Woman. I like the idea of sitting for hours in front of such an attractive “Peintre Maudit” and still looking so serene from the outside while very emotional from the inside. Of course staying a “Young Woman” forever!
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
I feel very inspired each time I meet or see someone who has a fearless urge to create. It is particularly strong when the artist/creator has reached a certain age and is still looking to surprise us. Two recent examples come into my mind. The first one is the French fashion influencer and designer Iris Apfel’s who is 92 and said in the recent documentary by Albert Maysles that the most important things in life are curiosity and humour. The other one is the Japanese theatre director, Yukio Ninagawa, who could not come to London due to illness to present his new play Kafka on the Shore and explained through a note to the audience that he was still so keen to astonish and engage his audience.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
I would love to see and experience more connections between various forms of art. I love the multidisciplinary approach of the Barbican and I try to follow this in my own activities mixing food, theatre, visual art and more. I would love to be reincarnated as Diaghilev.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
London without any doubt: it is my ideal world (as far as art & culture is concerned) for the diversity, the quality and the choice of its cultural offering. It is there at any level and particularly in the streets where the urban creativity is so vibrant and where the various layers of emigrants left their marks.
Otherwise, I am very much interested in Spain at the moment. I think that the cultural regeneration of depressed cities like Bilbao and now Malaga is exemplary.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
I am looking to expand the activities of FMC and reinforce collaborations with boutique hotels. I also would like to offer similar services in Paris, Brussels and New York. I am looking at developing more pop up events to showcase the creativity coming out of my native country Belgium. I am regularly contacted by artists and designers from Brussels and other regions who are looking to broaden their audience. I want to support them and showcase their creations. www.frommycity.com