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Common Ground
Film and digital correspondence

Common Ground is a film installation about the involvement of AirBnB in the Israel-Palestine conflict; the documentary exposes the ways in which AirBnB is propagating structures—or infrastructures—of occupation towards Palestinian users and, by this, indirectly maintaining the occupation.

The viewer is taken on a journey to the occupied West Bank, visiting AirBnB accommodations in both Palestinian villages and illegal Israeli settlements. By comparing these two, it becomes clear that in fact, both are not given the same options thus treated equal—this in big contrast to how AirBnB presents itself.

The film shows that the notion of traveling itself is a political construct in an area where for a certain demographic group, freedom of movement is not at all self-evident. The journey, that starts as an adventurous road-trip, becomes more and more uncomfortable when these constructs come to light and show how AirBnB, by allowing listings in illegal Israeli settlements, actually facilitates a platform for financial and ideological support towards the occupation of the West Bank.

The Archive Series
Commissioned by Museum Bronbeek, Arnhem
With Sadaf Nadimi and Tessa-Norah Feenstra

The Archive Series presents a series of five live-streams from the archive of Museum Bronbeek, a museum that is dedicated to Dutch colonial history in Indonesia. The five screens all show a specific framing of the same object: a looted skull from the 1800’s, that is now viewed upon as too controversial to be displayed, but has been a prominent part of Bronbeek’s exhibition for over a century.

Every screen reveals less of the skull itself and more of the set–up that is capturing the real—time still, making clear that the object is in fact a networked and mediated object that has existed within different timeframes and mindsets [from trophy to problematic], thus every time creating a different version of the object.

In a time of post-truth, fake news and concealed knowledge, The Archive Series advocates for accessibility to a collective past and transparency in handeling objects that are a problematic remainder of Dutch colonial history.

The Distributed Monument
Graduation Thesis

When sites of architectural heritage become the target of iconoclastic destruction, imaged-based records of these sites take on a new and prominent role through networked media. In this way, the destruction of the built environment (for political reasons, terrorism) can quickly lead to an afterlife in the digital realm. This is the paradox of neo-iconoclasm.

The Distributed Monument talks about the role of contemporary networked media in the emergence of a new sort of iconoclasm—neo-iconoclasm—and how modern reproductive technologies contribute both to the cause and antidote.