Johanna Tinzl
in CollàBearation with Philippe S3 BelGenion

THIS IS THE PEOPLE

HD-Video, 9 min 27 sec, 2013

The video displays a speech written for the people of Marchienne-au-Pont, a neighbourhood of the city of Charleroi in Wallonia/Belgium. It has been developped in close cooperation with Philippe S3 BelGenion who performs the speech. He is also the husband of a local politician.
Marchienne hosted some of the most spectacular industries of the Charleroi region in Wallonia/Belgium. Due to cheap living possibilities it was a hotspot for migration when the city needed working power. With the turning down of work, ethnic and social prejudices started to dominate the urban life. Those who were not able to move away are confronted with tristesse.
In Wallonia, Charleroi is euphemistically called the »capital city of social affairs« with it’s epicentre: The neighbourhood of Marchienne. In this crisis context, where to focus hopes and future perspectives? The most appropriate initiatives often emerge from citizens' engagement in direct action. Together with institutions financed by the city, the federal state or Europe. These structures have seemingly set up a new economy, fully subsidized.


THIS IS THE PEOPLE, Videostills

Installation view, City Hall - Marchienne-au-Pont, Charleroi, Belgium