Although the city is struggling with the consequences of the loss of Walloon industry and mine closures, it is hard at work with a new elan. In that respect, Charleroi resembles another citybooks city, Sheffield.
The writers who resided in Charleroi, between July and December 2011, were the French-speaking Belgian authors Caroline Lamarche and Thomas Gunzig, the Dutch poet Erik Lindner and the Flemish non-fiction writer Pascal Verbeken. The Italian author Davide Longo, who previously participated in citybooks Utrecht, wrote his second citybook on Charleroi. By coming to this Belgian city, he followed in the footsteps of many thousands of his fellow countrymen who came to Charleroi to work in the mines in the first half of the twentieth century.
The young Belgian photographer Sander Buyck portrayed Charleroi with his series of 24 photographs. Leen Michiels is the video maker of 24 City One Minute films who completes this fine selection of international artists.
The 26th of April 2012: the citybooks Charleroi were presented in the Musée de la Photographie.
Ambitions for the future without ignoring the past. That is also what the Musée de la Photographie is striving to do together with another citybooks Charleroi partner, the city council. The museum combines exhibitions of international photographers with those of local talent, whereby the city, its residents and its history often have their role to play.
Caroline Lamarche and students at the Hogeschool Gent (university college Ghent).
© Marianne Hommersom