Centrum voor Heimwee

André Dumontlaan 40
3600 Genk, Belgium

Open 1.6.2012 – 30.9.2012
Opening hours Fri 10:00 - 18:00 / Sat 14:00 - 18:00 / Sun on special occasions

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Monument for the
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Monument for the Unknown Trucker
Monument for the Unknown Trucker
Monument for the Unknown Trucker
Monument for the Unknown Trucker
Monument for the Unknown Trucker
Monument for the Unknown Trucker
Monument for the Unknown Trucker
Monument for the Unknown Trucker

13.09.2012 00:00 — 14.09.2012 00:00

In the long period between the closure of the coal mine of Waterschei and the renovation of the site the parking lot in front of the mine building was used by truck drivers as a rest stop. On August 30th, 2004 the city of Genk closed the parking lot with a nightly action and wrote out a prohibition for all trucks in the vicinity of the parking lot.

Commemorating the lost truckers of Waterschei, designers Stijn Segers and Niek Kosten once again closed the parking lot for all trafic. They named this action as Monument for the Unknown Trucker. The parking was closed from Thursday September 13, 00:00 until Friday September 14, 00:00. Thursday September 13 at 19:00 a remembrance ceremony for the lost truckers was held at the blockade.

Programme
19:00 Short introduction by designers, City of Genk and Manifesta
19:15 Musical tribute Autobahn
19:30 Reclaim drink

Invitation letter for the neighbourhood in Dutch / Turkish.

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Support the truckers.
Buy our silkscreened posters at Centrum for Heimwee or order at info@heimwee.org.


Heimwee Poster 2
72x102cm – Silkscreen – Limited edition: 25 copies – €10



Heimwee Poster 1
72x102cm – Silkscreen – Limited edition: 25 copies – €10

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In the long period between the closure of the coal mine of Waterschei in 1987 and the renovation of the site in 2010 the parking lot in front of the mine building was frequently used by truck drivers as a rest stop. The truck drivers, mainly from Turkish origin, could find shops and bars across the street (André Dumontlaan) for food, a shower and social contact. Eight years ago the city of Genk wrote out a prohibition to park on and close to the old parking spot and the André Dumontlaan because of complaints from the neighbourhood. The city provided a modern truck stop station on an industrial site in Genk South with all the comfort for the modern trucker.

Nowadays the streets suffers from great vacancy: a lot of the shops had to close because of the deplacement of the truckers. From the Centrum voor Heimwee, located in an abandoned house at André Dumontlaan, graphic designers Stijn Segers and Niek Kosten do research on the concept of heimwee (homesickness), search for connections with the neighbourhood to collect stories, pictures and other archive material from the old parking lot and make plans for the erection of a Monument for the Unknown Trucker on the parking lot. The monument will be opened in collaboration with Manifesta on 13 September 2012.

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