Christophe Gueta uses his skills as a scenographer to present history in unforgettable ways. Through designing and installing museum exhibits he hopes to inspire audiences, and in particular young people, to dedicate themselves to the rewarding work of protecting democratic values. His work with the U.S. Embassy in Belgium focuses on the World Wars and the shared history that links the U.S., Belgium, and Europe.
Christophe believes that history, and especially the powerful history of the First and Second World Wars, helps young people better understand current events, and even prepares them for navigating future ones.
His mission begins with sparking interest through a vivid experience. By creating exhibits and installations involving artifacts, sound, video, and sound, he helps audience members feel in the shoes of those who have experienced these events. Once they can visualize a moment in history, they will be inspired to learn more about it, he believes.
Christophe hopes new interest in powerful historical events leads to important conversations. If we look at what’s happening today, particularly in Europe, we know we must talk about these conflicts again, he says. The Second World War was really not so long ago at all. It’s good to look back and discuss the consequences of what happened. Christophe believes his duty is to help teach young people history’s lessons and thereby motivate them to defend their freedoms. “I have full confidence in their ability to safeguard our democratic values at every level,” Christophe says firmly.
“It’s been a real pleasure to work with the Embassy.”
Christophe has enjoyed collaborating with the U.S. Embassy on projects focusing on the countries shared history in both World Wars. Working with the Embassy on projects that showcase links between Belgium, Europe, and the United States is another way to travel“ it’s like traveling back in time,” he explains. It’s also a way to foster my kinship to the United States.
Christophe’s connection with U.S. culture and history has only grown since his first trip to the U.S. as a 9-year-old: “Whenever I leave the U.S. after one of my trips, I can’t help but think to myself that I’ll be back soon.â€ Christophe has collaborated on projects with the U.S. Embassy in Brussels since 2006.“I realize that living in a democratic society somehow lulls citizens to sleep... We must be vigilant.”