19.10.20 – 18.12.20

Frederik Willem Daem

As of autumn 2020, Flemish writers have the opportunity to take on a residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie, thanks to the fruitful collaboration with International House of Literature Passa Porta, Flemish-Dutch House for Culture and Debate deBuren and Flanders Literature.

The jury has selected Frederik Willem Daem (b. 1988, BE) as the first Flemish writer-in-residence for this programme. He will start a 2-month residency in October amidst other international artists, designers, curators and architects and will be able to make full use of all facilities and expertise at hand, as well as participate in the (public) programme.

The Brussels-based Daem has published stories in such magazines as Das Magazin, Revisor, The Literary Review, DW B and Oogst, of which he is a co-founder. His debut short story collection Zelfs de vogels vallen (2015, De Bezige Bij) was awarded the 2016 Debut prize. His first novel Tekens van leven (2019, De Bezige Bij) was published this spring. Daem regularly works within other art disciplines making art work in public spaces in Leuven, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, the Watou Arts Festival and Festival Het Bos.

During his working period at the Jan van Eyck, Frederik Willem Daem will work on a new novel; develop a book of letters titled Berggezichten; and also handle De Langste Muur, a photo project about identity. Moreover, Daem will further immerse himself in the multidisciplinary environment of the academy and investigate how he can use different art forms in his own practice in order to diversify his writing. The Jan van Eyck is the perfect place for this cross-pollination.


Photo: Catherine Lemblé


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