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‘Kortrijk - The Broel Towers’


Since there are two Broel Towers, I also want to show them both in one photo.

The towers are a remaining part of the medieval wall surrounding the city.
They do look identical but were not built at the same time.

The oldest tower, the 'Speytorre' (right in the photo) was built together with the Broel Bridge in 1385 to control traffic on the Lys.
The second tower, the ‘Ingelborch Tower’ (on the left) dates from 1415 and served as a weapons depot. It was intended for the use of artillery. Hence its second name 'Armorietorre'.

Also in the main photo here I cropped away a construction crane.

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Exceptionally, the Ingelborch Tower, could be visited because works of the project 'Paradise Kortrijk 2021’ were displayed there.

On the top floor I saw the most poignant artwork of the entire project (at least of those works I've seen).
The work 'Bow Echo' by the Afghan artist Aziz Hazara is a digital video projection on five screens.
It shows five young Afghan boys playing a flute instrument while balancing themselves atop a rock in strong winds. In the depths in the background you can see a foggy Kabul.
The monotonous sounds of the flutes and that of the wind together with the difficult balancing act of the boys on the rock form a moving picture. All the more so with the memory of recent Afghan history in mind.

I'm showing a photo of it in the WS because the work was very impressive, but I realize my photo doesn't convey anything of what the video projection did …

Aziz Hazara about his work:
‘The work focuses on the relationship between people and their environment.
The protagonists produce eerie sounds as a form of recollection and connection with a landscape in which many traumatic events took place.
They also embody my own relation as the involvement of many different national and international players, within that space of trauma.
The work has been inspired by my own experience of the recurring horrors of suicide bomb attacks that have unsettled the city of Kabul. They are a sort of ‘horror game’ that was played out in different parts of the city since 2001, becoming an integral part of its recent history.’

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6310 W: 22 N: 14870] (58979)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-09-07
  • Exposure: 1/21 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-10-12 15:45
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