Who is Johan Swinnen?
Johan is an authority in art and cultural sciences. He was fascinated by photography even as a child. When he was young, he would take photos and develop them in a darkroom together with his father. That is where his lasting passion for photography was born. It also became the main theme in his scientific and academic career.
However, as professor-emeritus, his life now centres around the fire in the Innovation shopping centre in 1967, which represents a dark page in Belgium's history. Many lives were lost and hundreds of people were wounded. Johan wrote an enthralling and harrowing novel about it, which leaves no reader untouched. It is where both his parents lost their lives. During his research, he also traced the perpetrators, who are now in their seventies.