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Month: August 2016

Two (emotivehome)

Two (emotivehome)

I just realised that I’ve been focusing on the concept of ‘feeling at home’ for quite some time now. It started with an essay about The Help, in which I wrote about emotive homes and physical homes, terms I made up but seemed to resonate with my life. Living in Bath I didn’t feel like I’d closed off my Dutch life. I was half living in one world, half in the other. I had more than one home.

And it felt difficult to combine them, in my mind. This is because the notion of ‘home’ doesn’t just come with a house, it comes with certain obligations, habits, memories and a group of friends that needs nurturing and love. It is something I love doing; taking care of friends, discussing our lives and listening to their troubles, hopes and fears. 

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VIDEOCULTUUR: M.I.A.’s Borders pleit voor North, South, East and Western (Vileine)

VIDEOCULTUUR: M.I.A.’s Borders pleit voor North, South, East and Western (Vileine)

‘Freedom
I’dom
Me’dom
Where’s your We’dom?’

M.I.A. is niet vies van een activistisch statement. In Borders, één van haar meest visueel spectaculaire video’s, trekt ze alles uit de kast in een reactie op Westerse politiek. We zien een groep donkere jongens over hekken klimmen. Ze zitten in overvolle boten, lopen in lange rijen door het water en hullen zich in gouden warmhoud-dekens. Samen met M.I.A., oftewel Mathangi Arulpragasam, staan ze gestapeld tot een gigantische menselijke piramide in de vorm van een schip.

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