The city of Liege in Belgium, has a long and rich history of steel production. From the factory founded in Seraing by John Cockerill in 1817, over several mergers and the final acquisition of the company by ArcelorMittal, to the decommission of the last two blast furnaces in 2011. For more than a century thousands of men have toiled away in the factories, forges and foundries, working in dangerous and tiring conditions, putting their lives and health on the line. The remnants of this industry are everywhere in Seraing and Ougrée, acting as silent witnesses to a changing economic landscape.
The historic buildings and structures are disappearing fast, some get redeveloped, most get demolished. "acier/rouille", French for "steel/rust", focuses on these neglected and often hated places, analytically portraying the endless complexity and variation in the installations and factories.