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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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Last view months I have been researching, writing and editing for the book publication of Voyage à Dakar icw producer Paradox and graphic designer René Put. We aim to publish the book in fall 2018.

Voyage a Dakar Mozaiek 1The work I made in Dakar, in collaboration with Senegalese photographer Selle is presented as an installation at Mozaiek in Amsterdam: a beautiful multicultural space in North African migrants neighborhood Bos & Lommer in Amsterdam. Eight screens are showing the photo montages Selle made and one screen is showing the interview with Selle on his work.

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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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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.

For the group exhibition There’s something about my family  with Fotodok, I will present the family photo album I made with my Senegalese family in Dakar, with Senegalese photographer Selle.
I will also present the first images of Voyage à Dakar.

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

My photo is on the book cover of Vamba Sherif’s new book The Black Napoleon: An important part of African history based on the story of Samori Toure (1830–1900), labelled ‘The Black Napoleon’ by French military leaders in West Africa in that time. The fact that a man of humble beginnings would rise up from the heart of Koniyan in present-day Guinea and go on to conquer an area almost the size of Europe is extraordinary in every sense.