The Belgium province of Hainaut is a crossroad of destinies and histories. It’s a border land located on a geometric location of potential other worlds, of spellbinding departures and returns. Intertwined in a surrealist reality and against a backdrop of chiming bells, it invites one to dance on a landscape of slagheaps, castles, cathedrals and carnivals. It’s is a region with a rich and diverse cultural heritage, though outside it’s borders that’s frequently over looked.
In this subjective atlas more then three dozen Hainuyers show what this cultural heritage means for them as artists, designers and inhabitants. What roles do historical events play in their every-day live? What does it mean when a site is protected by the world heritage list? How does it form their contemporary reality?
Rather then folkloristic clichés, the visual authors of this atlas present personal, sensitive and at times razor-sharp visions. With their maps, drawings, info graphics and photo’s they offer on the one hand an entirely random, incomplete and subjective view of Hainaut; yet on the other hand they constitute a concise tour to the very core of the province. In this way the  Subjective atlas of Hainaut is a poetic form of antrophology, offering a new insight in the barely tangible aspects that make a culture both characterististic and in continuous change.

«L’Atlas subjectif du Hainaut» met plutôt en valeur le vécu, le ressenti des Hainuyers.

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Ce processus donne à voir une géographie inédite, née dans l’imaginaire des Hainuyers.

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Cet Atlas est un objet graphique attachant.

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En esta particular cartografía colectiva están los retratos que no salen en los periódicos y la vuelta de tuerca de los que sí; están el lado irónico y el conmovedor de las tradiciones; están el capitalismo y sus arrases y las discretas resistencias de cada día; están la inocente credulidad en las patrias y los momentos de su ruptura.

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Concept
Annelys de Vet

Editing
Moniek Driesse, Annelys de Vet

Production
Féderation du Tourisme (Catherine Berger), Fondation Grand-Hornu (Marie Pok), Service de communication de la Province de Hainaut (Joël Delhaye)

Graphic design
Bureau DEVET (Moniek Driesse, Rekka Fries [intern], David Ortiz, Annelys de Vet) en collaboration avec les contributeurs in collaboration with all contributors

Introductions
Fabienne Capot, Claude Durieux, Marcel Leroy,
Annelys de Vet

Contributors
Veronique Adam. Pierre Arcq, Michel Avaert, Christine Aubeye, Claire Barbier, Catherine Berger, Catherine Vanden Broecke, Antoinette Bonfitto, Dominique Blondiau, Christian Boltanski, Stéphanie Bonato, Boris Bordellier, Nicolas Buissart, Mladen Bundalo, Marie Cannella, Laurent Cannizzaro, Giovanna Corda, Coralie Cardon, Hélène Collet, Anne-Sophie Costenoble, Robert Covassin, Andre Deffernez, Jean-Louis Delaet, Christel Deliège, Nathalie Delsipée, Florence Delwarte, Valerie Demanet, Filip Depuydt, Moniek Driesse, Benoît Dochy, Laurent Dubuisson, Claire Duhaut, Jean Eloy, Xavier Fer, Alain Forti, Sophie Gallez, Renata Gemma, Karima Haoudy, Camille van Hove, Maria Ikonomidis, Colette Ista, Christophe Janssens, Vanessa Krins, Sébastien Laurent, Jean-Remy Legrand, Pierre Lemal, Marie Lempereur, Leslie Leoni, Jaques Mabille, Annick Mahin, Maxime Mathieu, Julien Maquet, David Ortiz, Frédérique Pécriaux, Marie Pok, Francis vande Putte, Amandyne Rosart, Olivier Roupin, Gina Santin, Adèle Santocono, Mara De Sario, Yannic Sarre, Julie De Schampheleer, Isabelle Sirjacobs, Arnoud Stouffs, Philippe Trauwaert, Manuela Valentino, Annelys de Vet, Vincent Vincke, Cécile Wagner, Christian Warzée, Maryse Willems

Cover photo
Coralie Cardon

Portraits
David Ortiz

Boltanski, p. 128 – 129
Christian Boltanski, Les registres du Grand-Hornu, 1997, Installation. Collection Musée des Arts Contemporains au Grand-Hornu, propriété de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, n°CF-1997-001, 19.640 | Christian Boltanski, Les registres du Grand-Hornu, 1997, Installation. Collection Musée des Arts Contemporains au Grand-Hornu, propriété de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, n°CF-1997-001, 19.640

Typeface
ITC Novarese
by Italian type designer Aldo Novarese (1920 – 1955)
Traduction | Translation
Right Ink

Printing
Impresor Ariane, Bruxelles

With the support of
Commissariat général au Tourisme de la Région wallonne,
Province de Hainaut, Fondation Grand-Hornu, Hainaut Culture Tourisme via la Fédération du Tourisme de la Province de Hainaut ASBL, la Région wallonne via le CGT.

With special thanks to
Danja Driesse, Wimco Driesse, Marjolein Guldemond, Anne Jacquet, Rudy Luijters, Joana Rodrigues

Publisher
Grand-Hornu Images

International distribution
Idea Books • www.ideabooks.nl

ISBN
978-2-9601268-1-5

Subjective Atlas of Hainaut exhibited in Espace Wallonie

Subjective Atlas of Hainaut exhibited in Espace Wallonie

Opening 12th of February 2014

Espace Wallonie, Brussels (B)

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Subjective atlases exhibited at Unmapping the World, EXP´13 Lisbon
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Presentation workshop results Subjective atlas of Hainaut
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Workshop Subjective atlas of Hainaut, Louviere

Workshop Subjective atlas of Hainaut

La Louvière
18 February 2013

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Workshop Subjective atlas of Hainaut, Bois Du Luc

Workshop Subjective atlas of Hainaut

Bois du Luc
5 February 2013

05 02 13
First workshop of Subjective Atlas of Hainaut, Grand Hornu

First workshop Subjective Atlas of Hainaut

27 January 2013
Grand-Hornu Images

 

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January 2014

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Subjective Atlas of Hainaut exhibited in Espace Wallonie
Subjective Atlas of Hainaut exhibited in Espace Wallonie

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Fabienne Capot
Députée provinciale en charge de la Culture et du Tourisme

Claude Durieux
Président de la Fondation Grand-Hornu

Nathalie Brassart
Inspectrice générale de Hainaut Culture Tourisme

Annelys de Vet
Commissaire de l’exposition

Claude Delbeuck
Secrétaire général du Service public de Wallonie

ont le plaisir de vous inviter au vernissage de l’exposition le mercredi 12 février 2014 de 18h30 à 21h00

Espace Wallonie
Rue du Marché aux Herbes, 25-27 — 1000 Bruxelles
Zone piétonne. Accès STIB: Gare centrale ou De Brouckère | SNCB: Gare centrale

Exposition accessible du 13 février au 22 mars 2014
Du lundi au vendredi de 11h00 à 18h00 | Samedi de 13h00 à 18h00

Une production de la Fondation Grand-Hornu et de Hainaut Culture Tourisme. Avec le soutien de la Province de Hainaut et de la Wallonie (Commissariat général au Tourisme)

Subjective Atlas of Hainaut exhibited in Espace Wallonie

Opening 12th of February 2014

Espace Wallonie, Brussels (B)

November 2013

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Subjective atlases exhibited at Unmapping the World, EXP´13 Lisbon
Subjective atlases exhibited at Unmapping the World, EXP´13 Lisbon

November 2013

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A map is a coded compact representation of reality, and coding means making choices, classifying and simplifying many layers of information. Any choice that is made in the context of the territories shown, is political. As such, a map can never be neutral. Taking into account that maps play a regular role in the discourse, in the talk that shapes our world, makes them objects that should be constantly critically questioned. Which authority draws the lines? What really defines our borders? Do geographic boundaries limit our territories or are they specified by the speed of internet, tax havens, piracy, Google, Ikea or our holiday destinations?

To explore these questions UNMAPPING THE WORLD presents critical and poetic works that capture plural truths about nations, borderlines and the individual within them. The mapping projects build a narrative with the history and collection of the exhibition venue: the Tropical Research Institute. This association became the main cartographic institute of Portugal in the 19th century. From here on the world would be mapped, atlases were developed, studied and shared. Portugal sent scientists and researchers to draw the “new” worlds, according to the ruling European standards of measuring, interpreting and traveling. Firstly, mapping focused on the coastlines of these territories that were visited by boat. Slowly more and more land was put in perspective. But despite all the knowledge gained since, we are still not able to map the effects of those colonial times. In UNMAPPING THE WORLD therefore, we question if the early, rather empty maps, with large “unexplored” areas, could possibly be a more precise representation of reality then modern detailed charts, because they accept and embed the unknown.

No contemporary “cartographic commission” assigned somebody to make the contemporary maps shown in this exhibition, but the visual authors found partners and institutes to develop their works, from a sense of urgency to share the information and the narratives. 21st century societies are shown from bottom-up through the eyes of designers, artists and architects. They are involved in the subjects they show and don’t take neutral positions, but critical and transparent ones. As such, the projects not only reveal their own information, but also reveal meta-positions about map making.

All artists merge and explore the borders of their own artistic practices; they form international collectives in different countries and time-zones, mix disciplines and take positions. What binds them are investigative practices in which research and design complement each other. Their goal is not to give form to information, but to deal with it in a critical and transparent way. This also counts for the curators, who are practicing designers themselves. One based in Belgium and the other in Portugal, they both engage in education, research and design. This exhibition brought their worlds together, as part of an ongoing research to explore the right project vocabulary to determine the boundaries of contemporary reactive map making. This exploration is essential because the liquid times we live in require a fundamentally different approach to cartography, one that doesn’t draw borders, but opens them up in the mind.

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Presentation workshop results Subjective atlas of Hainaut
Presentation workshop results Subjective atlas of Hainaut

April 2013

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February 2013

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Workshop Subjective atlas of Hainaut, Louviere
Workshop Subjective atlas of Hainaut, Louviere

February 2013

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Workshop Subjective atlas of Hainaut

La Louvière
18 February 2013

February 2013

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Workshop Subjective atlas of Hainaut, Bois Du Luc
Workshop Subjective atlas of Hainaut, Bois Du Luc

February 2013

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Workshop Subjective atlas of Hainaut

Bois du Luc
5 February 2013

January 2013

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First workshop of Subjective Atlas of Hainaut, Grand Hornu
First workshop of Subjective Atlas of Hainaut, Grand Hornu

January 2013

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Avec 14 patrimoines matériels et immatériels classés sur la Liste du Patrimoine mondial de l'Humanité de l'Unesco, la Province de Hainaut est la plus titrée en Belgique ! La Province de Hainaut souhaite donc saluer ce patrimoine vivant à travers une exposition collective qui réunira sous un même concept des sites et événements aussi divers que les Gilles de Binche, la Ducasse de Mons, la Ducasse d'Ath, les Beffrois, les Ascenseurs hydrauliques du Canal du Centre historique, les sites charbonniers du Bois du Cazier, Bois du Luc et Grand-Hornu, la cathédrale de Tournai, les minières de Spiennes et les Marches folkloriques de l'Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse.

Le projet, coordonné par la Fédération Hainaut Tourisme, prendra la forme d'un atlas car, au-delà de ses cartes géographiques, il fournit une représentation des conceptions politiques, sociales, idéologiques et culturelles d'une société ou d'une culture donnée. Sous la direction artistique de la graphiste Annelys De Vet.
Le contenu de l'atlas doit projeter une certaine vision, subjective, du territoire considéré, grâce à la participation de ses habitants. Ceux-ci sont invités à cartographier leur pays à leur manière : politique, critique, culinaire, romantique, humoristique. Les sites classés seront les relais de l'équipe éditoriale vers les citoyens. Durant quatre mois, vous serez donc invités, à produire photographies, dessins, cartes, drapeaux et autres travaux à publier au fil des pages.

En apothésose, ces productions fourniront la matière de l'exposition qui se tiendra au Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles de Paris, assurant ainsi le rayonnement de la Province de Hainaut !

First workshop Subjective Atlas of Hainaut

27 January 2013
Grand-Hornu Images