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Mercedes blue 2017A reunion with our Mercedes in Senegal! We are still in touch with the new owner of the car. And we will use the car to project from in the public space in the opening week of the Dakar biennale May 3-11, 2018. Children broke the star from the hood of the car, it is painted blue and has a Senegalese number plate and still strong and running!

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Studio Selle Dakar 2017 07In Voyage à Dakar I focus on the connection between Europe and Africa. I took along the stories, but also literally baggage, photo’s and video material for families on both continents. The Senegalese photographer Selle made photo montages for migrants, using my portraits and photo’s from the migrants’ collections.

Inspired by his way of working and curious about collaborating, me and Selle together made a series of collages of film stills from the Amsterdam-Dakar journey.

The installation Soil in my Pocket will open at EYE Filminstitute at February 14 and will run till March 7  2017 after sunset.

The première is part of the EYE on art programme with a Q&A on Soil in my Pocket by film critic Anna Abrahams.

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Soil in my Pocket
is an art installation on migration, in collaboration with visual artist Ellert Haitjema. Migration is of all times: early 1900 many Europeans left via the IJ water to South America. Leaving everything behind in Europe, hoping to find a brighter future elsewhere.

It will be a multiscreen installation, both at the outside of the impressive EYE building, along the IJ water as well as at the inside glass facade, overlooking the IJ water. The installation will run from mid February – end of March 2017.

We will collaborate with Miek Zwamborn (text), Peter Claassen (video editing), Lumen Film (production). With the support of the Mondriaan Fund and the Amsterdam Fund of the Arts. The project is a continuation of the projection on the cruise ship, from the quay in front of EYE Film Institute in September 2013.

In the next coming months we will be researching in the archive of EYE Film Institute.

I am happy to collaborate with producer Paradox and video editor Peter Claassen on the Voyage à Dakar project:

The past few months I have been busy editing the hours and kilomters of material. My son and me both photographed and filmed and we were being filmed by the people we met on the way. I am now working on the concept of the film/documentary/installation.
A small selection of film stills:

When we arrived in Dakar my son wanted to go home.

We are back in Amsterdam after an amazing 2,5 months trip!

First of November me and my son started our road trip from Amsterdam to Dakar – via France, Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauritania – in a beautiful Mercedes classic.

We will stay with family and friends along the way, all Senegalese migrants. It is a continuation of Presence in Absence, with a more personal approach.

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I am showing “Presence in Absence” in the window of Amsterdam’s best bookstore: Athenaeum at the Spui in Amsterdam’s city center, till Thursday October 30. Go and have a look and buy the book!

At the Dak’art Biennale I will present my multimedia installation “Presence in Absence” at the Residency of the Dutch Embassy in Fann Residence, Dakar. The opening is on Thursday May 8 at 17.30 and the exhibition is running till May 18.

‘Presence in Absence’ is a reality that many migrants and their families are facing in both Europe and Africa. Families are being separated for many years and as a result of undocumented status often not capable to travel back. People are holding on to memories, tangible in the form of photos; carried with them or present in the privacy and intimacy of their (bed-)rooms.

Presence in Absence film still