April 30 – August 21, 2016
on show at
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.