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Béguinage Refugees Into The Wild – JR: Chronicles in Brooklyn Museum

Béguinage Refugees Into The Wild – JR: Chronicles in Brooklyn Museum

October 3, 2019. Excited to announce the screening of my short documentary film ‘Béguinage Refugees Into The Wild’ starting tonight (October 3, 2019) in the Brooklyn Museum in New York at the special exhibition JR: Chronicles – a major show that surveys the complete body of work of the artist JR for the first time in North America.

Best of INSIDE OUT – Justice For Afghan Refugees In Belgium
One of JR’s major projects is the global participatory art project INSIDE OUT, and the film ‘Béguinage Refugees Into The Wild’ documents one of the Inside Out projects ‘Justice For Afghan Refugees In Belgium’ – that was chosen as one of the favorite Inside Out Group Actions.

Film 2019 (Brooklyn) edition
The video published first online June 20, 2016 (see links below), when selected by Inside Out Project last month for screening at the JR: Chronicles exhibition , has been slightly reworked into this higher quality, 2019 edition (20190911) for display at the Boston museum exhibition .

Beguinage Project
In March 2014 Kristen Cattell (USA) and Michel van der Burg (Holland) traveled to Brussels to meet a group of Afghans living inside an old Catholic church – the church of Saint John the Baptist at the Béguinage (Beguinage Church). At the time, nearly one hundred Afghan refugees had set up camp within the walls of the seventeenth century compound. We made a reportage over several days and interviewed several people including Samir Hamdard – the spokesperson for these afghan refugees – who died recently following a house fire.
In between these interviews, Michel visited the artist Olivier Bonny in the nearby artist village Ateliers Mommen in Saint-Josse (Brussels) and filmed the InsideOut installation outside on the facade of the Mommen building – portraits of Afghans living in the Beguinage church.

Sans frontières ! Borderless ! Zonder Grenzen !
That InsideOut project was inaugurated a few days earlier at the Borderless ! festival in the Ateliers Mommen – a festival of 4 days of solidarity with Afghan asylum seekers , March 2014 in Salon Mommen, Saint-Josse, Brussels, Belgium.

Film Credits
Béguinage Refugees Into The Wild
Afghan refugees living in the Brussels Béguinage church with posters by Chiara Ravano for the Inside Out project “Justice for Afghan refugees in Belgium” (Olivier Bonny, Salon Mommen) in Brussels , Belgium – March 2014. Félix Snyers on the Béguinage church pipe organ.
A Beguinage Project report by Kristen Cattell & Michel van der Burg.
Film 20190911_20160620 Michel van der Burg | miracles.media

Links

Béguinage Refugees Into The Wild – 2019 Brooklyn edition (20190911)

JR: Chronicles – Brooklyn Museum – October 4, 2019–May 3, 2020 https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/jr_chronicles

Brooklyn Talks: JR and Baratunde Thurston – Thursday, October 3, 2019
https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/calendar/event/brooklyn_talks_jr_thurston_october_2019

INSIDE OUT – Justice For Afghan Refugees In Belgium
https://www.insideoutproject.net/en/group-actions/belgium-brussels-2

Béguinage Refugees Into The Wild – 1st edition (20160620) https://michelvanderburg.com/2016/06/20/beguinage-refugees-into-the-wild/

JR Artist – https://www.jr-art.net

Up Close With JR at the Brooklyn Museum
https://wwd.com/eye/people/jr-brooklyn-museum-chronicles-artist-mural-exhibition-new-york-1203330302/

Collection of our reports on Afghan Refugees In Belgium – https://michelvanderburg.com/tag/afghan/

News

 

Updates

Oct 4, 2019 –  Added News section with JR’s opening tweet

Oct 6, 2019 – Added Beguinage Project section and updated credits section

Jazzman ~ Simon Gronowski & Woody Allen ~ Aftermovie


Aftermovie of that swinging Saturday night June 22th 2019 when Woody Allen invites the Brussels Jazzman – holocaust survivor – Simon Gronowski to play with him and The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band in the Bozar theater in front of some 2200 people in Brussels, Belgium.

Simon Gronowski was only 11 years old when he jumped from the XXth death train to Auschwitz , and an orphan after the war … jazz helped Simon find his way – watch Simon’s story in the documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz” – online here http://bit.ly/1fqFdOb

Many thanks to Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band | Simon Gronowski | Sarah Ehrlich | BOZAR | Greenhouse Talent. Film JAZZMAN (20190715) Michel van der Burg | Miracles.Media

Viviane’s Story eBook

Viviane’s Story
Escape from Transport XX…Born 6 Months Later

Today 76 years ago – on the night of the 19th of April in 1943 – Viviane escaped in the womb of her pregnant mother from the Twentieth Train heading for Auschwitz.
Isabella Weinreb-Castegnier was three-months pregnant when she jumped that night in Belgium from the fast moving 20th Death Train to Auschwitz. It was Passover eve and full moon , just like today.

Isabella escaped with a broken wrist and bruises all over her body, but no other major injuries.
Her daughter Viviane – meaning “full of life”, and named so for her will to live and hold tight in her mother’s womb – was born six months later on October 30, 1943 in Brussels, Belgium.

This e-booklet presents Viviane’s story with amazing new insights discovered together with the Dutch-Belgian author-reporter Simone Korkus of the man that helped Isabella jump to freedom – Elias Gnazik.

Published today April 19, 2019 by Miracles•Media together with co-publisher Richard Bloom Productions – ISBN 9789493147003

With a foreword by Simone Korkus.

Viviane Yarom-Castegnier & Michel van der Burg
April 19, 2019

Note
The e-book contains several video’s – and is designed specifically for Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, Mac.

Available for download (200 MB zip file) here https://miracles.media/vivianesstory/

Watch the first pages flipping in this video today 😉

Viviane’s Story ebook


Coming soon , the free ebooklet Viviane’s Story by Viviane Yarom-Castegnier & Michel van der Burg from Miracles.Media (publisher).
Viviane escaped 75 years ago in the womb of her pregnant mother from the Twentieth Train to Auschwitz.
Isabella Weinreb Castegnier was three-months pregnant that night of the 19th April 1943 in Belgium, when she jumped from the fast moving 20th Train heading for Auschwitz. Isabella escaped with a broken wrist and bruises all over her body, but otherwise without major injuries. Her daughter Viviane – meaning “full of life”, and named so for her will to live and hold tight in her mother’s womb – was born six months later on October 30, 1943.
More on Viviane’s story here in “Escape from Transport XX – to be born 6 months later – Viviane’s story” : https://michelvanderburg.com/2014/04/28/escape-from-transport-xx-to-be-born-6-months-later/ Music : Ameet Kanon singing Ve’Ulai (“And Perhaps”) a capella.
Film ① memo 20190127 ~ Viviane’s Story ebook ~ by Michel van der Burg – Miracles.Media

Holocaust Centers Monitors Show Robert Clary Story


Holocaust Centers Monitors Show Robert Clary Story ~ Following the Nov 13th world premiere at the 33rd annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival of ‘From Buchenwald to Hollywood: The Robert Clary Story’ , filmmaker Richard Bloom has sent out all the requested film copies to be shown on computer monitors of the holocaust centers Yad Vashem, USHMM Steven Spielberg Division, Simon Wiesenthal Center , the USC Shoah Foundation and more …

Cinema Paradiso Premiere


From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story film premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Nov 13th 2018 in Cinema Paradiso , Hollywood , Florida , USA – a quick impression of filmmaker Richard Bloom’s intro and discussion. ① memo 20181130 ~ Cinema Paradiso Premiere

Libérés ~ chanson Didier Jans

Libérés ~ chanson Didier Jans

“Cette chanson est magnifique. Les paroles sont un véritable poème.” – simon

EN – This music video Libérés features the final pre-release of the beautiful french song Libérés (‘Released’) by Didier Jans, on the true story of reconciliation and close friendship between Simon Gronowski and Koenraad Tinel – both war children. One, a former deportee, grew up in a Jewish family ; the other, son of a fervent flamingant, a Flemish nationalist father, who idolized Hitler.
The chanson “Libérés” (Author: Béatrice Dethy – Music and performance: Didier Jans – Arrangement: Mathieu Caseau) will be part of the album “Remettre à zéro les compteurs” expected for release very soon by Didier Jans – site http://www.didierjans.com
Didier Jans told me , ‘I would like to circulate the song in high schools for students who go to visit the concentration camps. Teachers often talk to students aged …‘ (my translation).
Imagery by Michel van der Burg – thanks to Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim
Libérés ~ Film (20190123) Michel van der Burg – miracles.media | michelvanderburg.com

FR – Cette vidéo musicale Libérés contient la pré-publication finale de la belle chanson Libérés de Didier Jans, d’après une histoire vécue, celle de la réconciliation et l’amitié proche entre Simon Gronowski et Koenraad Tinel – deux enfants de guerre. L’un , ex-déporté , a grandi dans une famille juive ; l’autre fils d’un flamingant convaincu, un père nationaliste flamand, qui idolâtre Hitler.
La chanson “Libérés” (Auteur: Béatrice Dethy – Musique et interprétation: Didier Jans – Arrangeur: Mathieu Caseau) fera partie de l’album “Remettre à zéro les compteurs” dont la sortie est prévue très bientôt – site http: // http://www.didierjans.com/index.html
Didier Jans m’a dit: « J’aimerais ensuite faire circuler la chanson dans les écoles secondaires pour les étudiants qui partent visiter les camps de concentration. Les professeurs en parlent souvent aux élèves de … ».
Imagerie de Michel van der Burg – grâce au Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim
Libérés ~ Clip (20190123) de Michel van der Burg – miracles.media | michelvanderburg.com

LIBÉRÉS Paroles ( Béatrice Dethy, le 30/10/2018 )

Lui sauta du vingtième convoi
Menant par les rails de l’enfer
Sa mère, puis sa sœur, loin là-bas,
Dans le brasier des hommes d’Hitler.

Les nazis lui ont pris les siens,
Voulaient faire de lui un paria.
Il défendra les droits humains,
Au nom des siens sera papa.

L’autre, trop jeune pour adopter
La vision traître de son père,
Verra ses deux frères s’engager
Sous les drapeaux des tortionnaires.

Très petit, il dessinera,
Emprisonné dans son silence.
La sculpture le sauvera
Du fardeau de cette déchéance.

Ces enfants de 8 et 6 ans,
Détruits, piétinés par la guerre,
Ont dû affronter leurs tourments
Et la terreur, en solitaire.
Leur vie durant, ils ont traîné
La violence de leur enfance.
Avec les stigmates tatoués
Dans leurs jeunes mémoires innocentes,
Grands-pères, ils se sont rencontrés
Au carrefour de leurs souffrances.
Leur passé les a reliés
Et allié leurs différences.

Non, jamais ils n’avaient cessé
De remettre tout en question,
D’interroger les faits passés,
Les génocides et leurs raisons.

Que seraient-ils donc devenus,
Quels bourreaux ou quels résistants,
S’ils avaient tous les deux reçu
Un héritage bien différent ?

Ils voulaient vaincre l’ignorance,
Cherchaient à ouvrir leur esprit ;
Le respect et la tolérance
Seront plus fort que le mépris.

Témoins de cette barbarie,
Ces ainés, passeurs de mémoire,
Savent qu’au-delà de la folie
Persiste la raison de croire.

Croire à la force du pardon
Et au pouvoir de l’amitié,
Croire que chaque homme peut être bon
Et tout ennemi réconcilié.

Eux, que tout devait opposer,
Se sont glissés dans l’autre camp,
Cherchant la part d’humanité
Que chacun draine dans son sang.

L’encre de l’espoir dans leurs veines
A dessiné d’autres projets
Changeant la vengeance et la haine
En message d’amour et de paix.

NB

20190123

EN This video 20190123 update – with better sound quality – replaces the second version of Nov 20 , 2018).

FR Cette mise à jour vidéo 20190123 (de la meilleure qualité sonore) remplace la deuxième version du 20 nov 2018.

20181120

EN This video 20181120 update – with minor modifications – replaces the first version of Oct 12, 2018).

FR Cette mise à jour vidéo 20181120 (avec des modifications mineures) remplace la première version du 12 octobre 2018.