Professor Monique Hardenne, accompanied students from her two Information Systems classes on a tour of the UNESCO “Family of Man” exhibit in Clervaux, Luxembourg. The second year InfoSys course, Digital Creations, focuses in part on photography and videography. Professor Hardenne took advantage of the permanent exhibit in Clervaux so her students learn more about the art of photography and imagery by observing the over-500 photographs on display.
In the heart of the Ardennes, the village of Clervaux is adorned with a Roman church and the large monastery of the Saint-Maurice and Saint-Maur Benedictines, as well as a 15th century castle. After being fully restored following the WWII, the castle is now used in part as a museum which houses the permanent “Family of Man” exhibit. The UNESCO exhibit contains over 500 photographs by 273 artists, from 68 countries. This exhibit is an impressive setting of 37 themes, based on love and faith in man, depicting birth, work, family, education, children, war and peace, all brought together by the Luxembourgish-American painter and photographer Edward Steichen. The exhibit was originally prepared for the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), but now is permanently displayed in Clervaux.
Every year, the UBI students enjoy this field trip because they learn about the art of photography first-hand. It also provides an opportunity to bond outside of the classroom, and experience. The students make memories and build unity. By participating in activities like this, they develop more of the UBI family spirit.