L e G r a n d - H o r n u ( r e v i v i n g m o n u m e n t s )
In le Grand-Hornu, in the Borinage (near Mons in
Belgium), a museum of contemporary art has been built inan old mining plant.
I had a commission from ACCR (Emmanuel Hermange curator) to document.
A museum settling in a place marked by a painfull
history is a model and sets the problem of the
adressees of culture.
What will the conditions of access to the museum be,
how will the inhabitants be associated, informed, formed?
In a word, will they take the museum as theirs?
The people in charge of the cultural program were
calling the inhabitants as "neighbours"- That is: beside.
The truth is that the museum invites itself in their
I wanted to photograph these neighbours and
their environment first, willing to give them their place, make the link between
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