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The War Heritage Institute adds contemporary photography to its collections !

Temporary exhibition –From 01.10.2020 till 30.03.2021

In the framework of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the discovery of the horror of the camps the War Heritage Institute sets up an exceptional photographic exhibition at the Royal Military Museum.


In September 2019 Luc Mary-Rabine, a Belgian photographer and author, presents the War Heritage Institute with 242 original prints. The two series are entitled “Si je t’oublie” (If I forget you), a series dedicated to deportation and “De guerre en guerre” (From one war to the next), a series about the traces of the two world conflicts.

The exhibition

An assortment of 55 original prints by Luc Mary-Rabine dedicated to remembrance and in particular to the concentration camps and extermination centres are put on display at the Royal Military Museum. To create a link between past and present period pictures from the Museum collections complete the selection.

Luc Mary-Rabine’s gaze takes us to the Nazi camps. The tragic images make us grasp the scope of the massacres that took place there.

Through his work the photographer wishes to illustrate his solidarity with the victims, while respecting their human dignity. The exhibition supplies a discreet sightline into history and highlights the artist’s combat against oblivion.

Framing, photographic paper and cameras were not selected randomly. Luc Mary-Rabine mainly used analogue cameras and based on 6 x 6 cm negatives obtained square and visually extremely powerful prints.

Who is Luc Mary-Rabine?

Luc Mary-Rabine becomes passionate about photography as a child. He studies medicine at Liège University and specializes in cardiology in New York. That is exactly where he starts exploring the possibilities of photography. He immortalizes men lost in the concrete jungle, burned-down houses and forbidden ghettos. In his quest for testimonials he walks the streets of Mexico, Tel Aviv and Paris. He also explores the past, his past …

Enthused by literature as well Luc Mary-Rabine also puts pen to paper. Photographs and words mingle, strike up a dialogue and subtly complete one another.

For the artist photographs talk to us. It is not enough to look at them, we also have to listen to them, hear their silence, their screams, theirs whispers in order to understand what they wish to tell us about the world, our society… and about the photographer.