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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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Recording with Capsule

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Backstage

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Tomorrow my exhibition ‘Backstage’ opens at Tune Up Records in Antwerp during Record Store Day.

Photographs of Mauro Pawlowski, Hooverphonic, Taraf de Haidouks, The Seatsniffers, An Pierlé and many more behind the scenes, in dressing rooms, at the dinner table…

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During Record Store Day, Tune Up Records will host a few concerts while you can discover some amazing vinyl records.

Here’s the timetable of who is playing when:

1pm Tiny Legs Tim
2pm Matt Watts & The Calicos
3pm Eriksson Delcroix 
4pm Mauro Pawlowski
5pm Joost Zweegers (Novastar)

I’ll be there myself from around 1pm onwards, so hope to see some of you there. Have a wonderful weekend!

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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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Backstage with Skagen

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Last week I had so much fun working with the people of SKaGeN, an Antwerp based theatre collective, who are not afraid of experimenting with and/or trying to create different forms of experiencing theatre.

I photographed their play ‘Deur Deur Deur’, a re-staging of the play that they performed 7 years ago. Here are some images I took backstage before and after that performance.

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Project Lenny

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A little something I’ve started working on.

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No to violence, yes to love

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Here’s a little photographic impression of the Antwerp One Billion Rising walk from the new Palace of Justice to the city center of Antwerp.
I’ve met some wonderful people during the march and almost everyone we talked to along the way supported the wonderful message everyone carried out today.
No to violence, yes to love.

I was however incredibly annoyed and disgusted really, that the city offices didn’t allow for a walk on the main streets where lots of people could hear this important message. Instead they made us walk on the city’s main axes where mostly cars chase by and where there’s hardly anybody out to hear our message. And instead of letting us walk on the main shopping street they made us walk the parallel street where again mostly cars race by. Shame on them…

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Louis

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About two weeks ago I felt it was time again to come to the streets, raise my voice and join in protest against the closing of homeless shelter ‘De Steenhouwer’. It’s not actually a shelter where homeless people sleep, but a walk in house where they can have a rest, a talk, see a doctor, buy clothes, have a decent affordable meal, etc … A warm place run by dozens of volunteers and a necessary part of the social chain against poverty and social inequality.

 

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Slowly, slowly the social weave in my city is being taken apart.  In the case of ‘De Steenhouwer’ the city council uses the excuse that the building was not up to security standards anymore and that they are moving the activities to another organization and even raising the amount of money. This of course all sounds logical and even good at a superficial glance, but really it isn’t.

More and more I get a feeling the shop owners and businesses are ruling our city again and putting their mark on our future, and I don’t like where we are going… Sadly it’s not a more eco-friendly and/or social place to live in but a shopping paradise where smoking/drinking homeless people are a thorn in the eyes of the shopkeepers and shoppers alike. People should be able to reach our city easily and quickly and park right in the center instead of banning the car and it’s toxic fumes and investing more in public transport.

It just makes me frustrated and angry when politicians don’t use a longterm vision for the environment we all live in. Antwerp has one of the most polluted airs in our country and yet nothing on any of the political levels in this complicated country is done to change this. 

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Clean up actions like the closure of ‘The Steenhouwer’ will make our shopping area more sellable, but it’s breaking down a social tolerance we all need to have. Our society isn’t picture perfect and there will always be people falling of the radar or that have trouble finding their way through the system at hand.  Like Louis (in the picture above) who came to follow things at the monthly city council meeting and talked to several politicians about his situation. Homeless for over 10 years he’s trying to figure out how to get back on his feet, but it’s hard. ‘De Steenhouwer’ is important for him as a place where he feels comfortable and where he can get up strength and sort things out, where volunteers help him to figure out where he needs to go to find an affordable place to live, …

Lets not forget that homeless people are ‘people’. Not everybody is as strong as some of our politicians would like and it often doesn’t take much to get into trouble and loose the ground beneath your feet. So let’s stay tolerant and help each other out and make this a warm place to live in.

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A day of contrasts

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Yesterday was a day filled with contrasts…

The morning started with the traditional 1st of May parade in the streets of Antwerp. Everything and everyone colored red on ‘Labour Day’ demanding more solidarity.

To then end on the square of the city center where the extreme right N-SA were holding a press conference in one of the café’s and were voicing their ideas trying to disturb the festivities that day. In the end the 3 members present were escorted out under heavy police presence. A few glasses of beer were thrown in the air and for a minute things seemed to heat up between the police and the people on the square. Things returned back to normal very quickly and the neighborhood party in Borgerhout, which the N-SA’ers intended to attend, happened peacefully and in a wonderful atmosphere.

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