with Fedora Boonaert

26 Apr 2024

Come to Mediamatic to have a talk with an artist in our little greenhouses by the water! Learn more about their work or talk about your project with the artist who inspired you. Fedora Boonaert is open to creative consultation and discussing ideas. 



Graduation Picture, "A Herbal Re-Renaissance: Uncovering Wise Women's Botanical Knowledge from Sixteenth-Century Mechelen" - by Fedora Boonaert

Meet-a-Maker is a 30-minute session to have a one-on-one talk with artists currently working at Mediamatic. We are lucky to be inspired by the many artists who work and stay with us for exhibitions, residencies and workshops. We welcome you to meet them and be inspired as well!

This Meet-a-Maker is part of Mediamatic's Japanese Knotweed Season program. Knotweed is a fast-growing plant known in Europe for its intrusive properties. What many do not know, however, is that this plant species has a host of positive properties. During the festival we will explore how to live in harmony with this controversial plant. 

About the artist

Fedora Boonaert has been immersed in culture since childhood. This passion led her to pursue art history studies in Ghent. Fedora's thirst for exploration led her to the Netherlands, where she enrolled in the Eindhoven Design Academy's Contextual Design program.

Her artwork consistently delves into the realms of history, feminist narratives, and the brutal persecution of women labeled as witches. She challenges the stereotypical image of a witch as a grotesque crone, exposing the historical roots of this misconception. Through her research, Fedora examines the complex relationship between universities, medical institutions, and the witch persecutions that ravaged the city of Mechelen in the 16th century.


  • Botany: Plant identification, plant adaptations, ethnobotany (traditional plant uses), 'invasive' plant species.
  • Medicinal Herbs: History of herbal medicine, growing your own medicinal herbs, common medicinal plants and their uses, safety considerations when using medicinal herbs.
  • Women’s Health: Reproductive health, menstrual health, alternative and complementary therapies for women's health issues, the role of herbal medicine in women's health.
  • Witchcraft and herbal medicine. 
  • 16th Century Low Countries botany history.
  • Archiving and storytelling. 
  • Material Research: Sustainable materials and design, using natural materials in art and design, the life cycle of materials, the environmental impact of different materials, exploring new and innovative materials.


You can choose a 30-minute time slot between 12:00 and 13:15.


Full price €10
Artists/Students discount €7,50*
*We give a discount to students, artists and Stadspas holders. If this applies to you we might ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option.
Read our ticket terms and conditions here.

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