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Embrace Installation


Placing of Koenraad Tinel’s work of art EMBRACE – a translation of his remarkable friendship with lawyer Simon Gronowski – in Ganshoren , Brussels , Belgium, October 22, 2018.

A sculpture on Simon Gronowski’s jump to freedom at the age of 11, when pushed by his mother out of the 20th death train to Auschwitz in 1943.

Watch the inauguration panorama October 26, 2018 here – https://michelvanderburg.com/2018/10/26/embrace/

Both Koenraad Tinel and Simon Gronowski together received honorary doctorates (doctor honoris causa) by both the VUB and ULB Brussels’ universities today Sep. 22th 2020 at 3:22 PM CET in Brussels.
Embrace Installation | 20200922 | Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | Miracles.Media

Poetic Resistance ~ Nadia Vadori Gauthier


Poetic Resistance ~ Book “Danser Résister” .
One minute of dance a day by Nadia Vadori-Gauthier :

“I live in Paris. On January 7, 2015, the evening of the Charlie Hebdo attack, I was deeply shaken. I came up with the project One Minute of Dance Every Day to manifest a sensitive and poetic presence in the world and connect heterogeneous intensities by putting myself into play, alone or in relation to others. I wanted to assign myself a daily action, small but concrete and reiterated, coherent with my beliefs and working towards a living poetry, while at the same time creating a distinct, discrete work of art (the reason I number my dances).
This single minute requires hours of work each day. Until I complete it, it haunts me. Once it’s out there, I let go of all other potential minutes for the rest of the day.” — Quote from leprixdelessence.net .

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Poetic Resistance ~ Book : Danser Résister by Nadia Vadori Gauthier | TEXTUEL ISBN 9782845976450 | uneminutededanseparjour.com ~ Film : 20200911 Michel van der Burg | 1-memo•com

Righteous Medal

Righteous Medal ~ Medal of the Righteous Among the Nations – from the Yad Vashem holocaust center in Israel for the Righteous helping Jews during the Holocaust – with the inscription in French ” The grateful Jewish people” and the French translation of the Jewish saying “Whoever saves a single life, saves an entire universe”.
This medal was minted for Nelly Quintard, a widow in her fifties during the war, who hid the Frankenthal family (Abraham, Esther, and daughter Scheindel) in her home in Brussels, Belgium, from September ’42 until the end of the occupation.

Interview with Janiv Stamberger (researcher Kazerne Dossin / University of Antwerp) filmed by Michel van der Burg (michelvanderburg.com) on August 18, 2016 at the Wiki Loves Art event in Kazerne Dossin , Mechelen , Belgium.

A still from this video (Image Ref.: mvdb20160818_233059) is available via Wikimedia here https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Medaille_van_Rechtvaardigen_onder_de_Volkeren.png  .
Another medal’s image is available here on Wikimedia .

Robert Maistriau’s memorabilia – Yad Vashem medal, pistol, small version lantern of Robert Maistriau in Kazerne Dossin , Mechelen , Belgium , August 18, 2016. Image Ref.: mvdb20160818_204617 by Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | Wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0

A very special image (Image Ref.: mvdb20160818_204617) is that of Robert Maistriau’s medal together with his other memorabilia in the Kazerne Dossin Museum – a pistol, and a small replica version (gift from a friend) of the lantern used with the attack on the 20th death train (Transport XX) from Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen to Auschwitz  .

Righteous Medal | 20200820 | Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media

Camp Prisoner Badge W-46 Kazerne Dossin


Camp Prisoner Badge W-46 Kazerne Dossin ~
A prisoner’s cardboard badge number W/46 from the SS administration of Kazerne Dossin. Jews earmarked for forced labour as prisoners in the SS Mechelen transit camp, the Dossin Barracks (Kazerne Dossin) carried a cardboard neck badge with “W” (Werk) followed by a number.
Interview with Janiv Stamberger (researcher Kazerne Dossin / University of Antwerp) filmed by Michel van der Burg (michelvanderburg.com) on August 18, 2016 at the Wiki Loves Art event in Kazerne Dossin , Mechelen , Belgium.

A still from this video (Image Ref.: mvdb20160818_182230) is available via Wikimedia .
Note : I corrected the number (from 64 to 46) in the Wiki description today , but I am not able to change the number in the file name (and the listed camera metadata) on Wikimedia.

Camp Prisoner Badge W-46 Kazerne Dossin | 20200819 | Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media

Image The Other


Image The Other ~
Expo ‘The Image of the Other’ filmed March 18, 2014 in the Brussels Bequinage church.

Imaging the Other , Imagining Danger. How are “others” depicted? Are stereotypes necessary or dangerous? Does the comparison with contemporary cartoons hold up?

Quote :
“The Image of the Other wants to dwell on the image of the ‘Other’ : ‘the Black’, ‘the Jew’ , ‘the Turk’ , ‘the Heretic’. Examples from the Flemish and Dutch religious art from around 1450 – 1750 reflects this perception.

In art , the ‘Other’ is often stereotyped. Works of medieval or renaissance now give us the impression of being racist or discriminatory. But what about our newspapers and advertisements” Are they doing so much better?

The way in which the ‘Other’ is imagined should better not be underestimated as this could lead to serious consequences. For example, certain stereotypical views remain for decades and these biases can be part of our overall imaging. This process can even develop into structural racism. In that sense, there is a certain danger in the images of the other from the past. So we are quite critical of the thousands of images that we see every day.” — Quote from the installation ‘DE ANDERE VERBEELD / VERBEELD GEVAAR’ (The Image of the Other / Imaginary Danger) by ORBIT.

With this exhibition ORBIT wants to critically analyze our view of “the other”, past and present. ORBIT not only wants to dwell on the portrayal of ‘the other’ in Christian art, but also wants to dwell on today’s portrayal in the media. How are “others” depicted? Are stereotypes necessary or dangerous?

Thanks to Karen Wyckmans , Heritage Project Coordinator | Project “De Andere Verbeeld” (The Image of the Other) | ORBIT – http://www.orbitvzw.be . More info at site https://deandereverbeeld.wordpress.com .
Thanks also to priest Daniel Alliët – host of both the expo and the concurrent Afghan Refugee Camp (March 2014) in the Brussels Beguinage Church (Saint John the Baptist at the Béguinage – Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste au Grand Béguinage ) – now House of Compassion – http://www.houseofcompassion.brussels .
In the background sound of the Afghan Refugee Camp and the Béguinage church pipe organ played during music lessons by Félix Snyers and student.
From the Beguinage Project by Kristen Cattell (USA) and Michel van der Burg (Holland).
Film : Image The Other | 20200801 | Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media

Vincent


Vincent ~ Auberge Ravoux in the village of Auvers-sur-Oise near Paris, France, photographed summer 1996.
Vincent van Gogh’s place the last 70 days of his life – in the Ravoux Inn with his tiny attic room , where he died in the early morning of 29 July 1890 – shot in the stomach (either by himself or by others).
Vincent ~ Music : Gymnopedie (Satie) by Ohad Ben Ari | Artlist ~ Film : 20200728 Michel van der Burg | 1-memo.com | miracles.media

Spuren | Traces ~ Valérie & Michel Claverie

Spuren | Traces ~ Valérie & Michel Claverie
Book presentation.

En – Traces … The death march of the inmates of Sachsenhausen concentration camp. French and German bilingual edition.
In the spring of 1945, when the Red Army approached Berlin, Himmler ordered to “evacuate” around 30,000 prisoners from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. The first death march leaves the camp on the night of April 20-21, 1945. Without water and food, weakened by captivity, thousands of prisoners die in the woods and on the streets of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg, the weakest are shot by the SS . About a third of all victims of the concentration camps died in the months before the liberation.
In 2015, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation, Valérie and Michel Claverie decided to follow the prisoner’s number 66213 path from Sachsenhausen to Crivitz, where he once found freedom again. From this memorial march a diary of a journey was created, which illustrates the testimonies of the last survivors with photographs and drawings. (Translation presented by Michel van der Burg , based on the german text).

FR – Traces … La marche de la mort des déportés du camp de concentration de Sachsenhausen. Edition bilingue français-allemand.
Au printemps 1945, alors que l’Armée rouge progresse vers Berlin, Himmler ordonne de chasser sur les routes près de 30 000 déportés du camp de concentration de Sachsenhausen. L’évacuation démarre dans la nuit du 20 au 21 avril 1945. Sans eau ni soin, déjà affaiblis par leur détention, des milliers de prisonniers meurent dans les rues et dans les forêts du Brandebourg et du Mecklembourg, les plus faibles sont abattus par la SS. Environ un tiers des victimes sont décédées au cours des derniers mois d’existence des camps.
En 2015, à l’occasion du 70ème anniversaire de la libération, Valérie et Michel Claverie ont choisi de marcher dans les pas du matricule 66213, de Sachsenhausen à Crivitz où il retrouva la liberté. De cette initiative mémorielle est né le livre « Traces », un carnet de voyage réunissant autour des témoignages des derniers survivants, les photographies et les dessins rapportés.

DE – Spuren … Der Todesmarsch der Häftlinge des KZ Sachsenhausen. Zweisprachige französisch-deutsche Ausgabe.
Im Frühjahr 1945, als sich die Rote Armee Berlin nähert, befiehlt Himmler, etwa 30 000 Häftlinge des KZ Sachsenhausen zu „evakuieren“. Der erste Todesmarsch verlässt das Lager in der Nacht vom 20. auf den 21. April 1945. Ohne Wasser und Verpflegung, entkräftet durch die Gefangenschaft, sterben Tausende Häftlinge in den Wäldern und auf den Straßen Brandenburgs und Mecklenburgs, die Schwächsten werden von der SS erschossen. Ungefähr ein Drittel aller Opfer der Konzentrationslager kam in den letzten Monaten vor der Befreiung um.
2015, anlässlich des 70. Jahrestages der Befreiung, beschlossen Valérie und Michel Claverie, den damaligen Weg des Häftlings mit der Nummer 66213 nachzugehen, von Sachsenhausen bis Crivitz, wo er einst die Freiheit wiederfand. Aus diesem Gedenkmarsch entstand das Tagebuch einer Reise, das Zeugnisse der letzten Überlebenden mit Fotografien und Zeichnungen illustriert.

Paperback : Spuren | Traces ~ Valérie & Michel Claverie (Editors & Illustrations) | ISBN 9783863314484 | Metropol Verlag (Mar 2020). Film : 20200520 Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media

Links :

La Mémoire en Marche 2020 | @lamemoireenmarche | www.lamemoireenmarche.com

Metropol | https://metropol-verlag.de/produkt/valerie-michel-claverie-spuren-traces/