View in the current space
2016 - present
It started out as a conversation between me and a friend. We concluded we had to many unworn clothes and were planning to host a swap for some friends. Almost nobody turned up and my friend asked if it was oke if she could leave her stuff at my place and I felt up for trying it another time. This time I made it a public event via the place I live in (vereniging Poortgebouw) some people showed up but not a lot. But I loved the concept of sharing so much that I proposed the house (PG) that I could do it on a regular basis in the venue or at the little cafe downstairs. Everybody agreed and from there started organizing monthly swaps.
Every time it would get a bit more busy and every time I would curate the space differently and tried to find new ways to properly present the clothes and to what extend I wanted to create space not just for the clothes but for the visitors. this last part became mostly the focus point of the swaps I organize because it shifted about it being about the clothes to what it meant for the visitors to be together. The reasons people come to the swap vary from being too poor to buy clothes, to a overcrowded close or an attitude about less pollution and sustainability.
Now the swap keeps re-inventing itself by how new people come and how the space can be improved. It now also houses a workspace for sewing projects.
Sometimes I find explaining my work extremely difficult. It touches upon many things that I cannot or do not want to take ownership of. This makes explaining my vision on collective or collaborative work a challenge. By means of making zines I'm able to use fragments of own or other peoples writing to formulate a statement about what I find important to address in my works. These collections of text are edited to make a more personalised narrative by highlighting or crossing. With the aim to come closer to a personal formulation.
Selection of text from Autozine 2018
Still from video 2017
I DONT WANT TO SAVE THE WORLD
2017 a performance recorded though local CCTV camera's
I don't want to save the world is a reaction towards the pressure to preform in modern day society. Dealing with the pressure that this generation (that I'm part of) is supposedly needing to save the world from environmental, structural, capitalist.. etc. harm created by earlier generations. I don't want to save the world is meant to be as a satire by questioning the role put on young students to change the current situation.
The location of the video is around various school complexes in Rotterdam and recorded by the gemeente Rotterdam, unknowingly unwillingly and later edited in a video. The video shows me hanging the banner and the time after until it was taken down.
After looking into the language being used in the process of eviction on the Almondestraat in Rotterdam north a series of texts came together to call for another kind of communication.
These words came after looking into the role of the local government, housing associations, Stad in de Maak and the old inhabitants that needed to make place for new apartments.
Each sentence asked for a way to move towards each other instead of hard language and cold decision-making. Rotterdam north was the context but the words can be applied in most gentrified neighbourhoods.
Opening at B.a.D with wrapping the phones
14 POSTERS ABOUT GENTRIFICATION IN ROTTERDAM
When dealing with capitalist motives for rearranging the city we must find ways to unite
Let’s claim back the city to an image we can love
Empathy towards others is not a weakness but the ability to care for strangers
Let’s get to know our neighbours and those in places we go often
Economic wealth should not dictate the view from our houses
Housing corporations should carry their decisions as if they speak words of their own
We want to have the choice to move as individuals or as neighbours, together
When we talk about displacement in the city we will no longer speak in abstract terms, its about the lives of people and we will give space to their emotions
Gentrification is not something that belongs to a distant group, we all need to take care of our communities
When the city changes it’s narrative we need to raise our own agenda
We will question the reasons for not being able to return to our neighbourhoods
Careful listening is a muscle we can train that will help us in our understanding of the needs of others
Let’s practice methods to make others feel heard
Let’s not distance ourselves when dealing with bureaucratic decision making
I SEE YOU TOO (2.0)
I see you too is a performative pilot that took place in stichting B.A.D during the exposition 'Too tired and not in the mood'. The work touches upon the questions of the use of mobile phones in a exhibition context.
By entering the exposition all visitors where requested to wrap their phones in space blanket cut sheets that block out signal completely. In doing so they where confronted with an experience without a 'third party watcher' and the role they normally assign to cellphones.