In his melancholic and lonely setting there is no place for the modern Belgian – the office worker who takes a holiday once a year, parties at the weekend and enjoys all the perks of Western prosperity. With mixed feelings, he looks at drastic changes and the breakdown of history. Must the new always be at the expense of the old? Belgicum is a nostalgic observation of Vanfleterens’ motherland and as he himself says “a search for a lost identity of a 177 year old nation.”
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