Harboring the Social, Rotterdam Social Harbor - Moving Words

Gemaal op Zuid, Rotterdam, Jan 2022

Photo: Lavina Xausa
Photo: Lavina Xausa
Harboring the Social is my ongoing research that reflects on caring for each other in a changing city. To open up new spaces for collectivity, solidarity and connection. Taking place over many years with many collaborators resulting in multiple manifestations.

The latest of which is ‘Social Harbor - Moving Words’, a light installation, where artists, residents, poets and other makers are invited to reflect on the continuous crisis and the current situation in our city. Exploring questions such as: How do we communicate with each other? How do we give words to our current situation? How do we meet each other? How do we take care of each other? How do we move forward?

Everyday displaying new poetic perspectives, stories, statements, calls and messages as part of the program ‘Studio Paleis Maashaven’ from Sculpture international Rotterdam, the installation is attached to the facade of the Gemaal op Zuid at the Afrikaanderwijk Cooperative, visible from the Afrikaandermarket. These words function as anchors to the ways in which we can live together in this time of ‘global breakdown’.

We kicked off with words by Pelumi Adejumo, Merve Bedir, Leana Boven, Mohammed Amine Lahrach – QANAT, Sayonara Stutgard, Nassima el Idrissi – Spraakuhloos, Recht op de Stad, Joke Schot & Roland Huguenin, Wessel Klootwijk, the Woonopstand, a new (collective) space in Hong Kong, Wider Perspectives and Cengiz Mengüç.