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A little over a week ago I broke my elbow after a fall with my bicycle on some of Antwerp’s historic cobblestones…

Sadly this means I won’t be able to photograph for a while and create new work. To keep things moving and by way of sharing a bit of my archive work, I’ve started sharing some of my photographs and thoughts or stories on my instagram feed.

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It’s also a nice way to share some images that won’t make the cut and so won’t end up in my first photo book ‘In praise of shadows’.

Hope you’ll like the work 🙂

 

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Happy 2017

‘A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song’
Maya Angelou

 

The past year yet again has been filled with wonderful people, some personal challenges, beautiful travel and inspiring moments.

Working and writing on my first book ‘In praise of shadows’ has been/ and is amazing in every way imaginable.
I hope to share the final result and many more other stories, with an equal amount of passion as always, in 2017.

For now, wishing you a happy and love filled new year.

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25 years Stijn Meuris

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Today I read that musician Stijn Meuris will celebrate 25 years of making music today.

I went back to my archive, as I photographed him in my first project ever, ‘Close & Personal’, a series of portraits of theatre makers and musicians. The whole concept of the project was that they were allowed to choose the location in which I would photograph them. The only demand I had was that it needed to be of personal meaning to them. In that way they could decide themselves how far or how close they would allow me during the session.

Stijn chose the fairground in Antwerp during the day when it is closed as it inspires him to walk around there, gives him a feel of the life of the people working at the fairground, tickling his imagination.

In the series I photographed more musicians and I still love these images to this day. It literally meant the start of my adventure back into the world of photography, which was halted for years after my father passed away. Music and theatre were my escape and through that I was able to slowly reconnect with my passion for photography and literally find myself again.

Here’s 3 more images of Tine Reymer, Tom Pintens and the Dewaele brothers of Soulwax and too many dj’s.

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Happy birthday la fille d’O

12 years ago today, Murielle Scherre started up her lingerie brand ‘la fille d’O’.
She started designing lingerie, firstly for herself, refusing compromise between a perfect fit and beautiful esthetics.

In those 12 years la fille d’O not only makes avant-garde lingerie and swimwear, but promotes a healthy image of women by using real, beautiful women to model the lingerie at their shows.

This was one of the reasons why in 2008 I asked Murielle to photograph her Devilles Harem Girls.
Dressed in her lingerie, they perform burlesque shows at parties and events, and carry a sense of femininity and fun.
Happy birthday la fille d’O!

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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

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News just got announced that Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui will become the new artistic director of the Ballet of Flanders.
What great news, as he is one of the most talented people around in the dance world.

My neighbor, Jeanne Brabants, who sadly died last year, was the founder of this company and put Ballet on the map in Belgium. As an natural born educator, she founded the Ballet Instituut and has professionalized this art form in my country.

I was lucky enough to spend a few hours watching Sidi Larbi work with his dancers while creating their piece PUZ/ZLE for the festival D’Avignon in 2012.
Seeing how somebody works with his company, tells a lot about a choreographer and this is a man with vision that knows where he’s going. I can’t wait to see where he will be going with the Ballet of Flanders.

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Diversity is a reality

Three years ago, while working on Us/Them, my project on Muslim women and the veil in Belgium, I took this picture below of the election campaign of extreme-right political party Vlaams Belang.
(It still creeps me out that this type of advertisement polarizing and stigmatizing is possible at all.)

© Wendy Marijnissen - Extreme right political party Vlaams Belang started their campaign for the local elections with a poster of a woman in bikini wearing a burqa. The slogan read 'Freedom or Islam? Dare to choose', presenting Islam as the biggest threat to Flemish society. Aartselaar, Belgium, 2012

Extreme right political party Vlaams Belang started their campaign for the local elections with a poster of a woman in bikini wearing a burqa. The slogan read ‘Freedom or Islam? Dare to choose’, presenting Islam as the biggest threat to Flemish society. Aartselaar, Belgium, 2012  © Wendy Marijnissen

Today, I’m reminded once more of how relevant my project US/Them is…

I’m reading an article in the newspaper about how aggression against Muslims is on the rise after the sparked fear following the killings in the offices of Charlie Hebdou in Paris, the incident in Verviers and the Belgian army guarding ‘strategic places’ in the streets of my city Antwerp.

Muslim people are being harassed for being Muslim. They get remarks or are called terrorists because they wear a headscarf or jellaba…

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In this climate of fear and hate, an anti-Muslim movement Pegida Vlaanderen has arisen and is trying it’s best to create even more fear and distance between people.

Yet they seem to forget that diversity is already and always will be a reality and something everyone needs to accept. Instead of polarizing somebody because they wear different clothes or have different religious believes, we should put more effort into ways of learning from each other and making sure everyone has chances to participate and feel included in our society.

It shouldn’t be ‘Us versus Them, but ‘together’. WE all are ONE

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Warm wishes

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Warm wishes for the holidays.
However you may celebrate, I hope you’ll be spending some quality time with your family and loved ones.

 

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The colorist feat Cibelle

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Here’s a few images I shot during the rehearsal of ‘The Colorist’ featuring Cibelle in De Singel.

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Ian MacKaye

Time sure flies…

I just realized today it’s already been 3 years ago, almost to the day, that I met and photographed a person I really admire and respect. Ian MacKaye from the legendary band Fugazi.

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I was traveling and photographing the North-Eastern part of the US and going in search of my hardcore roots, that were a part of my adolescence life. (and still are)
Fugazi’s music has been so important to me in so many ways and I still love their music as much as I did back then.

And today while talking to Nico, a friend and talented theatre maker, I had to think about the moment I was in the basement of Dischord House, where Fugazi rehearse and have recorded some of their albums. What was supposed to be a meeting and about an hour to photograph and talk to him, became an entire afternoon and a wonderful encounter between us. Ian told me that I must be doing something right because I was there in that moment, having a wonderful conversation with him in a basement in the middle of Arlington, West-Virginia and life was pretty good right?. It was…. and knowing where I come from, the road that I’ve traveled… today I was reminded again of the fact, that life is pretty good at this moment and I’m surrounded by some of the most amazing friends.

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