One hundred years ago Ghent was a busy industrial city with textile factories, which were real cathedrals of industry, and densely populated working-class districts.
All that changed in the mid-20th century. The textile industry was hit hard and went into a steady decline. Equipped with a camera, the pioneers of industrial archaeology captured the threatened factories and working-class districts on film.
This exhibition shows what the factories used to look like and what has become of them. Black-and-white photographs taken by those pioneers enter into a dialogue with colour pictures made by Alexander Dumarey. You will find out whether these impressive industrial buildings have withstood the test of time, have been demolished or repurposed.