We Are OK

An installation, developed in collaboration with Stijn Segers, that's built around a poster displaying the letters 'WROK'. It reflects the dual feeling of courage and disappointment in the current local and global economic situation. Referring to 'wrok', the Dutch word for 'resentment', and the abbreviation of 'we are ok'.

The work was commissioned by CIAP for the exhibition 'Traction Avant' that ran from June 22nd until September 1st, 2013. The installation extended beyond the exhibition walls, presenting it on former or endangered industrial sites in the region.


Niek Kosten is a design researcher, teacher and independent graphic designer from Belgium.

He is part of the research group Social Spaces (LUCA School of Arts) where he is currently working on his PhD. At LUCA School of Arts – Campus C-mine in Genk, Kosten teaches in the fields of critical design, public space and graphic design at the Interaction Design & Game Design program. He is also co-founder of KOPIJ, a graphic workspace in Hasselt and creates self-initiated and commissioned works that critically explore societal issues as an independent designer.