Blueprints for a landscape (2019)

Series of flat works
Thanks to architect Montei di Matteo
Venues: Neverneverland Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)
Upcoming: CIAP Kunstverein, Hasselt (BE)

‘Blueprints for a landscape’, print, shown during ‘Ten is for God’ exhibition at Neverneverland, Amsterdam

The prints ‘Blueprint for a landscape’ are part of the long-term project ‘The transience from villages into lakes’. The project tells the story of the changing of matter which occurred within the particular landscape of Nordrhein-Westfalen, the landscape my ancestors originate from. While young, my grandfather would walk with us along the borders of a German lake; pointing towards the water, he would tell us that he was ‘born inside this lake’, which sounded like a tale during that time, but later proved to be true when looking at it from a geographical perspective. The village he was born in vanished from the map in 1976 due to industrial excavation. 

The work examines the concrete life-world of this German post-mining landscape by zooming in and out and tries to map the various consequences which are still influencing both humans and landscape almost fifty years after the excavation. These consequences range from loss of a ‘site of memory’ to deep-rooted ecological changes to flora and fauna. While the old excavation site was turned into a lake, the soil, dust, and debris resulting from the excavation were replaced and used to build a coal mountain. ‘Blueprints for a landscape’ maps the area of Nordrhein-Westfalen from above, showing the new excavation site, the coal mountain and the lake from a birds-eye view. Although the man-made character of the landscape is not clearly visible when seen from the ground, the drastic physical change becomes apparent when mapping the landscape from above. The blueprints were made using the expertise of architect Montei Di Matteo and show the new excavation site, the lake, and the coal mountain, which are all located in close distance from each other.