ESTER EVA DAMEN IN COLLABORATION WITH JORIS BERGER AND ELMAR KUIPER

Willows and seaweed are the archetypical ingredients of my memory. In the twin exhibition at the NDSM, the Frisian poet Elmar Kuiper has read from his work ‘Stienkeal’ (‘Stone Calf’). His poems are integrated in the installation for Loods 6. For these two exhibitions I have invited Joris Berger to collaborate with me, he is trained as an architect and has a totally different perception of space. For Joris a roof can be taken off and windows can be redone. For me a building is a given and I will explore the inside, working with memory. We have included strongly scented materials to the project: space, seaweed, leaves, oysters, driftwood and a bush of mint from a friend’s grave in Friesland. Rather than offering a visual object, we want to offer a space to linger. To sit, to live, to be silent.