Regarding activities concerning ‘coal mining’ by Leo van der Kleij
photography demolition mine buildings Heerlen, Hoensbroek, Kerkrade, Spekholzerheide, Geleen, Eijgelshoven.
photographic cycling trip along the coal-mining areas of Western Europe, from The Hague via IJmuiden, Ruhr area, Aachen region, Dutch Limburg, Belgian Limburg, Liège, Charleroi, Valenciennes, Nord-Pas de Calais, Burgundy, St. Etienne, San Sebastian and Bilbao up to Oviedo in Spain. Reporting the situation at that time; buildings, demolition, re-use, residential areas, landscapes. Also photos of and interviews with residents.
visits to the Ruhr area, Belgian and Dutch Limburg, Wallonia, Northern France. Photography of daily life in the mining regions, processions, parties, cités.
photography in South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea etc. Coalmine buildings, residential areas, daily life.
7 working visits of several weeks to the Kawamata Tagawa Coal Mine Project in Tagawa (Kyushu, Japan), to record construction and social interventions around Kawamata’s ‘mining tower project’ on the spot. Photographic reports for publications, exhibitions etc. Participation in a television documentary about coalmining and art. Exhibitions at various locations on Kyushu and in Tokyo and Mito (J).
artist in residency in Omuta (Kyushu, Japan), to photograph daily life in this former mining city, preceded and followed by exhibitions on this theme.
photographing the Barbaraprocession in Bochum (D).
visits to the Ruhr area, to record changes in the cities and the landscape. Also photographing in Belgian and Dutch Limburg, and in the region around Aachen (D) and Liège (B). Establishing a Barbaracelebration in Ned. Limburg.
2006 to 2009
project Coal Mine Walking in the region of Beringen (B) via Dutch Limburg to Alsdorf (D). Walking tours in this area of about one week each, photographing the landscape, former miners and their families, and of business activities in the area.
‘Daily Life’ photo project in Kitakyushu (Kyushu, Japan); photographing daily life in this former coal port city. The work made on the spot every day hung in a gallery with finissage after 3 weeks. Workshop with 100 schoolchildren of 10 years around the theme of daily life.
photographing a protest march of workers (including miners) in Brussels (B).
traveling exhibition ‘Coal Mine Walking’ from Beringen via Genk and Heerlen to Alsdorf, with lectures and workshops with students, and a photo competition for amateurs on the theme of coal mining. Also photography of the ‘Knappentag’ in Heerlen.
photography in the former mining areas of Hokkaido (J), with emphasis on dilapidated and abandoned miners’ homes. Photographing the modeltown of Tadashi Kawamata concerning his hometown Mikasa (also a miners village).
several visits to Charleroi, Marcasse (B) e.o.,
Photo exhibitions of his hand on this subject were shown in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Japan, eg in
Industrion (now Continium) Kerkrade (NL) 2001
Energeticon Alsdorf (D) 2009
Coalface / Het Vervolg Galerie Genk (B) 2006 and 2011
Art Museum Tagawa (J) 1997
Kawamata Coal Mine Project site Tagawa (J) 1997-2003
Coal Mine Museum Omuta (J) 1998-2000
Dutch Mining Museum Heerlen (NL) 2011
Sorachi Coal Mine Center Hokkaido (J) 2014
Coal Mine Zolder (B) 2016
Industriemuseum, Gent (B) 2021
Kolenwasserij, Beringen (B) 2021
Bois du Cazier, Charleroi (B) 2022
Blegny-mine, Blegny (B) 2022