Category Archives: multimedia & video

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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#Slide compilation


I’m very proud to present a small compilation video of some of the #Slides we produced during our 3 evenings on the slideshow for Bending The Frame

For these evenings we asked photographers to think about their work in relation to the format of the slideshow and matched them up with musicians who made a soundscape for this work and who mostly played live during the evenings. The results were phenomenal. We presented a new way of experiencing photography.

We are now hoping to take some of these slides on the road. Stay tuned!

In this compilation you see footage of the following slides:

* Sohrab Hura & Hannes d’Hoines and Sjoerd Bruil
* Pieter Ten Hoopen & Tip Toe Topic aka Elko Blijweert, Saar van de Leest and Joris
* Anton Coene & Rudy Trouvé with special guests

Slide #3

More then welcome to Bending The Frame‘s Slide #3 event, 1st of July at Het Bos in Antwerp. Great line-up with photographers Sohrab Hura and Anton Coene, and musicians Rudy Trouvé, Hannes d’Hoine and Sjoerd Bruil. And afterwords DJ Kid will be making you move your feet on the dance floor.


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Slide #1

I’m very proud to present Slide #1.

With some friends, I’ve founded Bending The Frame vzw, a new non profit organization that will search for new ways and create different platforms to bring great photography out into the world.

For Slide #1, we’ve asked photographers Sébastien Van Malleghem and Eva Wollenberg to make a slideshow presentation of their work and think about the concept slideshow. We match them up with the amazing musicians Aldo Struyf (Creature with the atom Brain, Mark Lanegan Band), Gregory Frateur (Dez Mona) and Roel van Camp (Dez Mona, DAAU) who either created new music especially for the evening or will preform a live soundtrack along the images. A unique experience.

Afterwords and in between performances DJ Faster PussyKat will spin records and make everyone pur on the dance floor

Hope to see you all there in helping me launch this new venture.


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Al te luide eenzaamheid

“For we are like olives: only when we are crushed do we yield what is best in us.” Bohumil Hrabal

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Here’s a little teaser I made for the play ‘Al te luide eenzaamheid’ by Theater Zuidpool.

In the past months I’ve been following the whole process of how this performance is being developed. From the first times reading the beautiful text by Bohumil Hrabal, to testing out scenography and costumes. It’s wonderful to see a play literally appearing and shaping itself in front of your eyes.

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

Premiering on the 1st of October at Theater Zuidpool and playing there, and on tour throughout Belgium, until the 5th of March 2015

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© Wendy Marijnissen

Today I spent my morning shooting video footage for the trailer of the new play ‘Al te luide eenzaamheid’ by Theater Zuidpool. Heavenly light and lot’s of paper..

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ARTE – Les Belges et le voile

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My project Us/Them which is part of the Rise of Populism in Europe project, is the first to kickstart the multimedia presentations on our project on ARTE.

In the coming weeks up to the European Elections of the 25th of May, the 9 other photographers from the ROP project will share their stories on a particular facet on populism in different EU countries as well.

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Love vs Hate

‘De gedachten zijn vrij. Wie raadt ze daarbinnen? Ze dansen voorbij. Als nachtelijke schimmen. Geen mens kan ze naken. Geen jager ze raken. Laat wezen wat zij. De gedachten zijn vrij. Vrij. Vrij.’

‘The thoughts are free. Who will guess them there inside? They dance on by. Like nightly phantoms. No man can touch them. No hunter hit them. Let be what may. The thoughts are free. Free. Free.’

These lines are from a children’s song Regine Beer sang in her head while she was imprisoned in the concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau

She was one of the few remaining living survivors of the concentration camps here in Belgium. A woman of tremendous strength.

On Sunday, when she died at 93 years of age, I was on assignment for the newspaper to photograph the election congress of extreme-right party Vlaams Belang and never felt surrounded by more hate then in that room that afternoon…

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

Echoing Dutch politician Geert Wilders, the room shouted ‘Less, Less, Less’, meaning they want less immigrants, less Moroccans, less others in our country.  The fact that an entire room filled with hundreds of people is that intolerant towards others, really scares me…

To me, it echoes sounds from the past, not even that long ago … And this is not just happening in Belgium. It’s all over Europe and beyond. A big reason why the photographers from the Rise of Populism in Europe have invested in telling our stories on this dangerous feeling sweeping through our countries.

With the last remaining survivors slowly dying and passing on, the living testimony they give disappears. Even the more reason why their interviews, photographs, recorded testimony, objects in museums should be protected well. We cannot forget!

As it so happens, last week, I finally started a project I wanted to do for a few years now. Recording the story of my neighbor Fée Gruszow-Bloch. A hidden Jewish child that survived World War II,  being hidden and cast off as a non-Jewish girl. She lost 21 members of her family, including both her parents.  I still can’t even begin to understand or grasp that concept. It’s beyond me…
She is one of the most incredible people I’ve come to know in recent years and it’s so wonderful to see that she remains positive and optimistic, after what she and her family have been through. A true inspiration.

As Regine Beer, Fée also goes to schools to tell young students what the war was like. What happened to her and her family. Last week I went along to one of those lectures in a school in Sint-Katelijne-Waver. Here’s a small teaser of that day, which will become part of a bigger project on Fée and her story.


Hopefully sharing her story, reminding people of our collective past,  will help create more tolerance and love instead of hate.

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