Scenes of Industrial Reconversion in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Coalfield

Jorge Ribalta (Author),

Series: Lieven Gevaert Series 25

Category: Art, Media and Visual Culture, Photography

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462701595

Publication date: January 7, 2019

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Number of pages: 280

Size: 230 x 170 x 18 mm

Number of illustrations: 176

Stock item: 125563

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Photographic analysis of the mining region’s transition to culture and leisure economies The Nord-Pas-de-Calais mining region, bordering on Belgium, is part of northern Europe’s historical centre of heavy industry, which extends as far as the Ruhr area in Germany. With the end of coal mining in the 1980s, the Lille region transitioned to new economic activities, particularly within the cultural and creative industries, taking advantage of its strategic location midway between Paris, London and Brussels. After de-industrialisation and the 1984 opening of the Lewarde Mining Museum—the first institution of its kind in France—the region took part in industrial heritage campaigns modelled on the Ruhr industrial region. Various historical sites in coal-mining areas in this region and in Belgium were classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 2012. Renaissance (2014) presents a photographic analysis of the epochal transition from industry to culture and leisure economies and is organised around eight groups of a varying numbers of photographs. It sheds a light on the Nord-Pas-de-Calais mining region’s place in the European history of the capitalist nation-state.
The artist Jorge Ribalta offers a contribution to the critique on the myths and utopian promises of cultural economies. His photographic work interrogates the correspondence between the decline of industrial economies in Europe and the crisis of the middle class.

“For ten years, my work has been based on a desire to reinvent the documentary idea, by bringing historical density to that very idea, which is inseparable from the representation of work and the working classes. Documentary discourse can also contribute to an institutional critique right inside the art system through self-reflexivity that is to say through the documentary observation of artistic working conditions.” Jorge Ribalta on his project “Renaissance”.

Renaissance From Charles V to Louis XIV Small History of Photography Borinage Monuments Mining Museum, Lewarde Becoming Heritage New/Old Economy Leisure
Renaissance? Documentary Methods, Post-industrial Economiesand Ideologies on Cultural Heritage Panel discussion with Muriel Enjalran, Jacques Lemière, Jorge Ribalta and Hilde Van Gelder
Renaissance ? Méthodes documentaires, économies postindustrielleset idéologies du patrimoine culturel Débat avec Muriel Enjalran, Jacques Lemière, Jorge Ribalta and Hilde Van Gelder
Author and Contributors

Jorge Ribalta

Jorge Ribalta is an artist, researcher, editor and independent curator. He lives and works in Barcelona.

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