the project has ended with the publication of the book (april 2016) and the first show at De Pont museum of modern art (NL)
Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague (NL)
De Markten, Bruxelles (B)
october 2017 – january 2018
Schloß Arenberg, Salzburg (A)
Creyghton & Van Duijnhoven in search for the Genius Loci and the Self-cleansing Power of Man and Nature
The aim of the Hindenburgline Project Foundation is to use art to address social questions, thereby rescuing them from obscurity and/or casting them in a different light. Working from a historical perspective, we are creating crossovers between history, the visual arts, literature, poetry and music. In doing this we hope to initiate a consciousness-raising process and to contribute to important current themes and social issues, such as the closing of the borders of Europe. The idea behind the literary/art project ‘If only we had spoken the same language!’ is to stimulate people from a wide swath of society to become acquainted with and gain a deeper understanding of ‘The Self-Purifying Capacity of Man and Nature’. We do this by shedding light on an important chapter in our history, one that gave birth to modern-day Europe. We try to serve as an eye-opener, to encourage debate and to offer a visual and literary response to the prevailing xenophobia. With the setting of the First World War as their point of departure, photographer L.J.A.D. Creyghton and writer/historian Serge R. Van Duijnhoven draw visual and literary parallels from the past to the present, and from the present to the future. The Hindenburg Line serves as a stepping-stone – an instrument, if you will, for conveying their vision of empathy, compassion and solidarity and, by means of their work, for entering into a discussion with a broad public.