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The three stages (2017- ), a video-essay in development, started from the narrative of two men traveling to the same place - yet 103 years apart from each other - brought together with a photograph found years ago on my grandmother’s attic taken in 1921 at Schloss Schönbrunn, Vienna and a recollection of hearing a piano piece by Helen Buchholtz on the Dutch radio. These elements took me- another 103 years later - into a research where the landscapes, histories and visuals surrounding these narratives - dwelling on the verge of fact and fiction - became like ghosts of the past brought back alive again and set out a new thread through Europe 

'Giovanni Domenico cassini was the first astronomer in history to notice the division of the rings of Saturn in 1675. Today  read an article about the suicide mission of the spacecraft Cassini, which was sent into space in 1997 when I was 6. The craft flew through the clouds for years, sending photographs to earth and storing data of the rings of saturn (an amount of data which today would fit on one single flash drive) and will continue to do so untill its ending by crashing down on the planet
.' (excerpt of the narrative)






The events between the events (2016-2017) is a research project in the format of a personal journey through various layers and voices of history. Each part is intertwined or a result of a previous part, and like the present, it is a construction of events that are preserved in our past. History is always there but certain specific subjects come forward due to circumstances. Reading something, an encounter during a walk, a photograph, a memory, or a change of perspective during a talk, like that evening when people were dancing on the square in Weimar. I was leaning against the Goethe house dozing off from the long drive. Due to nightfall, the dancers became like ghosts, slowly moving as if they were important pieces on the checkerboard of history.


Monument for an almost country (2016, audio, photographs, with special thanks to the Esperanto archive, Vienna, Austria)

What does the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte, a land with a 25 km circumference, an artificial language and the horizon have in common? In this work the creation of an Esperanto state in 1908, taken place in a stateless area between the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany is in the centre of the research. The complexity and the reoccurring nature of history fascinated me together with a constant interrogation about the value of the documents and the subjectivity of the historical narration. “How to cope with physical historical proof that we may perceive in a landscape?”, How to create a space that affects you in understanding the past in relation to the present? The silence of the area, documented by photography, and written memories represent a chapter of the ongoing project Monument for an Almost Country.