Photographer Alexander Dumarey has explored the Museum of Industry’s photographic collection and has taken new pictures of former textile factories in Ghent. In this photographic exhibition, black-and-white photographs from the past enter into a dialogue with contemporary colour pictures. Have the impressive industrial buildings withstood the test of time? Have they been demolished? Repurposed? Or are they still in a dilapidated state?
The photographic exhibition displays 30 pairs of pictures of former textile factories in Ghent, comparing their past and current situation. Some sites have changed beyond recognition, others hardly at all. Discover the textile giants from Ghent’s glorious past, its cathedrals of industry.
ABOUT ALEXANDER DUMAREY
Photographer Alexander Dumarey works for VRT NWS, where he has contributed to series such as 'Markante plekken' (remarkable spots) and 'Op reis met Vlaamse meesters' (tips with Flemish masters). The passage of time is a common thread in his work. History, change and traces of the past are recurring themes. It is therefore not difficult to see the link with the Museum of Industry, which takes visitors on a journey to Ghent’s industrial past.
FREE FAMILY TOUR
Follow in the photographer’s footsteps and explore Ghent’s industrial heritage. Pick up a free activity booklet from the ticket counter and use it to navigate through the exhibition. For families with children aged 6 and above.