Discovering and photographing the unknown beauty of Europe
Christian Boltanski was born, lives and works in France. His artwork Les régistres du Grand-Hornu consists of metal boxes, photographs and labels. But what is his artwork about? According to the guidebook,
Boltanski’s installation of old tin boxes is covered with the photos and registration numbers of the miners who once worked at Grand-Hornu, now the site of the MAC’s ( Musée des Arts Contemporains).
I actually had never heard of Grand-Hornu, so I consulted my good friend Wikipedia:
Grand-Hornu is an old industrial mining complex in Hornu in the municipality of Boussu, Belgium. It was built by Henri De Gorge between 1810 and 1830. It is a unique example of functional town-planning. Today it is owned by the province of Hainaut, which houses temporary exhibitions in the buildings. As one of four Major Mining Sites of Wallonia, UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site in 2012.