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Exhibit pays tribute to husband killed in Brussels attack

  • In this photo taken on Friday, March 17, 2017, Belgium's Kristin Verellen poses for a photo at the Gallery Ravenstein in Brussels. Verellen opened an exhibit of photos taken by her husband, Johan Van Steen, who died in Maelbeek station during the attacks of March 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    In this photo taken on Friday, March 17, 2017, Belgium's Kristin Verellen poses for a photo at the Gallery Ravenstein in Brussels. Verellen opened an exhibit of photos taken by her husband, Johan Van Steen, who died in Maelbeek station during the attacks of March 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo taken on Friday, March 17, 2017, shows an introduction to a photo exhibit by photographer Johan Van Steen at the Gallery Ravenstein in Brussels. Van Steen's widow Kristen Verellen opened the exhibit of photos taken by her husband, Johan Van Steen, who died in Maelbeek station during the attacks of March 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    This photo taken on Friday, March 17, 2017, shows an introduction to a photo exhibit by photographer Johan Van Steen at the Gallery Ravenstein in Brussels. Van Steen's widow Kristen Verellen opened the exhibit of photos taken by her husband, Johan Van Steen, who died in Maelbeek station during the attacks of March 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A photo titled 'Yogyakarta Palace, Java' by Johan Van Steen and provided by Kristen Verelle on March 21, 2017. Van Steen's widow Kristen Verellen opened the exhibit of photos taken by her husband, Johan Van Steen, who died in Maelbeek station during the attacks of March 22, 2016. (Johan Van Steen via AP)

    A photo titled 'Yogyakarta Palace, Java' by Johan Van Steen and provided by Kristen Verelle on March 21, 2017. Van Steen's widow Kristen Verellen opened the exhibit of photos taken by her husband, Johan Van Steen, who died in Maelbeek station during the attacks of March 22, 2016. (Johan Van Steen via AP)  (The Associated Press)

In the Gallery Ravenstein in Brussels, Kristin Verellen has been making the final adjustments to a very special photo exhibit that is opening to coincide with the first anniversary of the suicide bomb attacks that rocked the city.

The photos were taken by her husband, Johan Van Steen, who died in Maelbeek subway station. The attacks on the subway and airport killed 32 people and injured more than 300 others.

Van Steen always wanted to show his work. The exhibition "Light and Shadow" is Verellen's tribute to him.

"I tried to realize his dream, and make his way of seeing things also visible for others. In a way, to finish better what has remained unfinished," she said. "This is a tiny, tiny selection of pictures. They were not ordered to present, so I had to go into his computer and it was like I was sucked in, not only of course in his pictures, but in our world."

After the bombings, Verellen searched hospitals for three days for her husband.

"The 22nd of March, believe it or not, is also my birthday. Yes. So, it meant that when it happened, all my friends were in the air. You know how it is, saying 'happy birthday' on the internet. So for me it was also easier to ask for help and immediately the house was filled with family and friends who helped to look for Johan," she said.

"This connection, this love that there was from the start, that's really helping me to go on," said Verellen, a psychotherapist who developed this circle of friends into an online civic forum called "We Have the Choice " for reflecting on the impact of violence.

"At the end of the circle we felt there was a lot of lightness, even joy. I was even laughing, even in the first days," she said. "Even in the sadness, desperation, fear."