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YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING
2013 - 2014

project and installation, solo exhibition Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

Four woven blankets, wool and cotton
Blankets 1.87 x 1.59 m

In the course of 2013 I visited a number of Amsterdam residents. I brought a empty suitecase, a metronome and a handmade ‘divination book’: concertina fold, stitched, with cut out texts, ink and pencil drawings. “You have 45 minutes to leave, you don’t know where you are going, you don’t know whether you’ll ever return here”, I read to them upon my arrival, and after every first round of packing I returned twice. This produced a series of fascinating conversations and encounters, which were documented in text.
Simultaneous to the encounters with the suitcase, I researched concepts of travelling. I was touched by the contrast between travel by nomads, refugees and tourists. In reference to nomadic life and inspired by old photographs of travellers using blankets for travel bags, I created a series of woollen blankets. The design is based on a rectangular grid: the lines along which a blanket can be folded. Within this grid I adapted 27 different tribal patterns from around the globe. The blankets were woven at the TextielMuseum, Tilburg, from wool yarn in black, white and shades of gray, each with its own hue of red cotton. The red colours are mainly visible on one side of the blankets.

A selection of the ‘travellers’ conversations was compiled in a publication (Dutch/English).

Downloads: exhibition text EN/NL - PDF

Opening speech by Suzan Rüsseler, curator TextielMuseum NL - PDF

Supported by The Amsterdams Fund for the Arts (AFK)