Gardens of Rotterdam:

Rita & Alper (2015)

“All that is very well," answered Candide, "but let us cultivate our garden.” 
― Voltaire, Candide

The allotment gardening is an international phenomenon with over 3.5 million members affiliated to it, from fifteen countries. The Netherlands alone has 240.000 allotments. They are more or less alike all over the world and fit the image of a plot of land with a shed in the middle. Rotterdam gardens are no exception. There the multicultural people of the city are united in the same yearning of simple life close to nature. A few experiences of my numerous visits include eating a traditional lunch with Bosnian women, conversing with Turkish women while they were preparing jufka bread, laughing with Surinamese and drinking loads coffee with Dutch.

Here I share with you two stories, one of Rita and one of Alper. They are presented as two little books, which function like music greeting cards. Opening the books, images and voice-over unfold fragmented stories.

 ...scroll down to see the book about Alper...

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A speaker embedded in a book. Similar to a music greeting card it plays sound when the book is opened. 

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