I don’t believe the famous “make your passion your job and you will never work a day in your life”. But yesterday, in the melting heart of Leuven, I realised that I achieved what I actually really believe in: a perfect combination of my job, passion and hobby.
Last year we (Verhalenweverij) were asked by JAC in Leuven, to create a series of portraits with stories of young people with refugee background – De Roots. It was a heartwarming project with very personal stories shared with us during the interviews. Most of the guys were also happy to strike a pose in front of the camera.
Couple of months later I was very happy when I discovered that at the faculty, where I just started working, there is a research being conducted, on the influence of media on our perception of refugees.
"Images of Immigrants and Refugees in Western Europe" Leen d’Haenens, Willem Joris, and François Heinderyckx
At the final stage of this project, an art contest has been launched - students of various arts schools from Leuven and around were invited to introduce their works on “Vlucht in je verbeelding, vluchteling in beeld” (on how they imagine fleeing and how they represent refugees in their art). 39 works were sent in, and I had a pleasure to be in the jury. (Not an easy task, by the way!).
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