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Les Cracks & Vincen Beeckman : Ein Paar Augen, zwei Perspektiven

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Fünf Jahre hat die Gruppe Wohnungsloser „Les Cracks“ mit Einwegkameras ihr Leben um den Brüsseler Hauptbahnhof dokumentiert. Initiiert hat der belgische Fotograf Vincen Beeckman das Projekt, welches nun im Museum Folkwang in Essen zu sehen ist.

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          „Les Cracks & Vincen Beeckman“ ist die erste Museumsausstellung der Bilder von René, Franck, Jackie, Patti und anderen Obdachlosen, die ihren Alltag, ihre Beziehungen, Höhen und Tiefen, Feten und Freundschaften fotografierten. Der durch Beeckman geprägte Titel „Les Cracks“ bezieht sich auf den umgangssprachlichen Ausdruck „Crack“, der so viel wie „Champion“ bedeutet. Von 2015 bis 2020 hat die Gruppe um die 750 Fotos aufgenommen. Gemeinsam mit René, Franck, Jackie, Patti und Vincen hat das Team der Fotografischen Sammlung des Museum Folkwang rund 30 Aufnahmen ausgewählt und im Ausstellungsraum inszeniert.

          René: „There are two most important pictures: The first one is Frederic, with his blue eyes, it’ s a friend I lost, he was just 46 years old! ...“
          René: „There are two most important pictures: The first one is Frederic, with his blue eyes, it’ s a friend I lost, he was just 46 years old! ...“ : Bild: Les Cracks & Vincen Beeckman
          René: „...And the second one is the picture of Pepette, my dog who lived 18 years in the streets with me and she is still alive.“
Jackie: „I love: The photo of Pepette, because it’s a souvenir from the streets, and she is lying on a bench at the central station.“
          René: „...And the second one is the picture of Pepette, my dog who lived 18 years in the streets with me and she is still alive.“ Jackie: „I love: The photo of Pepette, because it’s a souvenir from the streets, and she is lying on a bench at the central station.“ : Bild: Les Cracks & Vincen Beeckman
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          Franck: „The photograph of the group, it tells a lot of stuff. I was living in the streets at that time, and there I was hosted by Cathy & Jean-Luc. We were having fun together, partying, drinking, smoking and I had a good mattress to sleep. Not that place, where I was usually going to sleep.“
          Franck: „The photograph of the group, it tells a lot of stuff. I was living in the streets at that time, and there I was hosted by Cathy & Jean-Luc. We were having fun together, partying, drinking, smoking and I had a good mattress to sleep. Not that place, where I was usually going to sleep.“ : Bild: Les Cracks & Vincen Beeckman
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          Fara Phoebe Zetzsche
          Bildredakteurin.

          René, Franck, Jackie, Patti und Vincen waren bei der Ausstellungseröffnung am 18. Februar in Museum Folkwang anwesend und haben uns folgende Fragen zu ihrem Projekt beantwortet. Das Interview wird in der geführten Sprache veröffentlicht.

          ​Fragen an “Les Cracks“

          Was it your first time taking photos or did you already have any experience?

          René: „It was the first time I took pictures. I just had one experience of photography before with an association.“

          Franck: „Vincen gave us Cameras and I didn’t take any pictures before for an artistic project. This was the first time.“

          Jackie: „Yes it was the first time and it was fantastic, I love to look at these photographs.“

          Patti: „3 years ago, I took the first photograph and I was surprised to look at life as an observer.“

          What is photography for you?

          René: „It is a memory to never forget.“

          Jackie: „A photograph is a memory. It makes us remember all our friends. Most of all the ones who left us too soon.“

          Franck: „Photographs are images, meomries, WE – people from the street – We can show ourselves in a museum like this, it feels incredible.“

          Patti: „A kind of magic to capture the moment you are feeling.“

          How did you experience observing others and being behind a camera? Did it change your point of view?

          René: „It didn’t change my own point of view, but it changes the way the people look at us because they realize our true situation.“

          Jackie: „When you see the others every day, you don’t realize the situation. Taking photographs changes your way of looking. You see the situation we are in differently and with clarity.“

          Franck: „This is a crazy experience and the book got me a lot happiness. To have now the opportunity to show our lives to others and to explain how we live in the streets with the exhibition is very important.“

          Patti: „No, it didn’t change me, because I am just like them. I used to be homeless myself and that way I am included in these photographs on both sides of the camera.“

          What was important for you while editing the images and putting together an exhibition?

          René: „What is important to me is to exhibit them publicly, to present the pictures to society and to express ourselves. I am very proud of the exhibition.“

          Jackie: „I wanted to put the picture of Chris in a huge size, he is my friend and also, I chose the color yellow on the wall, in order to make it more attractive, like bees, like the sun.“

          Franck: „We did the exhibition design all together with Jackie, for the selection and editing we chose the images we like and that matter the most.“

          Patti: „It is very important that the people can understand what life is like on the street.“

          How did this project surprise you?

          Jackie: „I never came to this kind of museum, it is unbelievable.“

          Franck: „The project surprised me, I didn’t expect travelling, I never thought I was going to travel to Germany. The book contains moments of life and is like a Family Album and the exhibition is beautiful to see the images so big. The museum is gorgeous and to be exhibited aside such great artists as Renoir, Gaugin, … brings a lot of appreciation.“

          Which question should be asked concerning the project which wasn´t asked yet?

          Jackie: „I wanted to thank Vincen, Nadine and Thomas without whom the project couldn’t have happened.“

          Patti: „If we are planning for a Second Project “Cracks II”? If the people will want to see and know more?“

          Fragen an Vincen Beeckman

          How did you get the idea to do this project and what does it mean for you?

          Vincen: „The Project began with the idea to give the voice to the homeless people.“

          What is the most beautiful outcome that derived from „Les Cracks & Vincen Beeckman“?

          Vincen: „The fact that they decide the format, the composition, the color on the wall and that they could travel to Essen.“

          Where and to whom else would you like to show „Les Cracks & Vincen Beeckman“ after the exhibition at Folkwang?

          Vincen: „They would like to show the exhibition in many cities, Berlin Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles, but it is not easy.“

          How did this project inspire your own photography?

          Vincen: „This project influenced me a lot in the way of taking pictures. Very direct and simple, without complex framing. As simple and immediate, as a picture taken by a grandmother or a child… I try to “copy” this fantastic direct way of taking images.“

          Die Ausstellung „6 ½ Wochen. Les Cracks & Vincen Beeckman“ ist noch bis zum 3. April im Museum Folkwang in Essen zu sehen. Eintritt frei.

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