Building an Archive
of a Disappearing Landscape, 2019

Artist publication, 52 pages
Graphic design by Lyanne Polderman
Limited edition of 15, 20 euro each (E-mail for purchase)

Texts supervised by Master Artistic Research, University of Amsterdam.


This artist publication deals with the agency of matter, transgenerational memory, and site-specificness in the context of the lignite excavation sites in the region of North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany, the birthplace of Miriam's grandfather and many generations before him. The cluster of villages he was born in was excavated in order to gain lignite, a coal used in order to produce electricity. A man-made lake is now situated on the geographical spot of his old village, resulting in his quote: ‘I was born inside a lake’. Nowadays, the excavation process is still going on, resulting in uninhabitable landscapes and 40.000 relocated inhabitants since the 1950s. The project shows the long-term and post-human consequences of these industrial excavations to all parties, placing the memory of humans, animals, and matter into the same context. In collaboration with graphic designer Lyanne Polderman, a publication was realized. This publication was printed in a limited edition of 16 and has been on view for the first time during Printing Plant Art Book Fair, Amsterdam (NL).

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