Expo: “All the grass is dead”

“All the grass is dead” is a poem published by my eldest son Jef on his Instagram stories. When I asked Jef about it, he told me that he wrote it during the second heatwave that hit Belgium in the summer of 2022. The best way to describe the effect of this poem on me was to start taking photographs and work in the darkroom. I could, and still can’t, find the right words to reassure him.

In the spring of 2023, we launched a crowdfunding campaign to publish the project. Over 150 people contributed to the crowdfunding, providing us with sufficient funds to realize the project. In early May, the printed materials arrived, and I personally assembled each booklet by hand at De Zilverbeek.

To launch the book by the end of may 2023 there was an exposition in @IKA Mechelen.