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Sunday morning @EKWC Residency

On the 14 of May I will start with my 3-month’s working period on the European Ceramic Work centre in Den Bosch.

Exhibition in the liberary In Someren

There has been a small exhibition with the work and the work in progress ‘Reisgenoten’.
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Home again and looking through my pictures, I remember this meal as special. Every plate stands for a price. The most expensive is the red one.  Every plate contains 3 sushi’s. The cheapest where the sushi’s with cucumber on a light blue plate and the most expensive the California rolls. We eat for 45 dollars include two green tea and one beer. This all in a sushi bar on Hamra street.


Girls in pink

Here all the coffee places have access tointernet. As a business you have too otherwise no one comes to enjoy your coffee.  Yesterday we were strolling around  looking for a good coffee.  My computer was at home and I don’t have an I- phone. So that means I could just sit and enjoy my coffee and look around me. And what I saw was this beautiful young girl who was extremely happy with her doll. She was totally in her game  playing a young mother.

It reminds on a paper  I wrote once.

“ Mini girls in Maxi dresses.”

It was in the time of the 80 eighties when you saw this images coming up. Small girls wearing the same outfit as their mother, walking next to her with her doll. It is very cute and the most people are very touched by this image. When we are young we learn the most from copying. It took years to uncopy myself!



Invitation Babel Theatre


Babel theater in Beirut

This afternoon I stood on the stage in the Babel theatre. The props of the piece -The Maid – of Jean Genet where still there. I put on a coat and started to talk. The talk you know when you are really fat up with somebody. Maze was my director and he let me do it for three times. Then the smoke came up. I hope if I have a next live I will be an actress and a singer.  So I made hopefully good karma for this next change!

Wednesday we have our presentation here in the Babel Theater.  Our house here is just around the counter from Haram street. It is a very big flat with a lot of paintings in it. This morning Maze and me took advantage of not having internet connection in the house. We just look at the ceiling and made our own stories. It is a nice experience and after our disappointment from not having internet connection and we are almost happy with it now.

In the mean time we are going on exploring Beirut.


Beirut 2012


Tomorrow Maze de Boer and me will leave for Beirut. We will be the guest of Helen Karam visual artist and Director of the Babel Theatre.  We met each other last year during the Prince Claus awards. Later we had a lunch in my house. On the picture you see Samuel Shimon ( writer and editor from Banipal Magazine) with green pot ladle and  Jawad  Al-Alssadi art director and founder of the Babel Theater  and Nicoline Nagtzaam scriptwriter (hand up) and Helen Karam. Maze and me will give an introduction to our work and explore the possibilities of making new work.




Unveiling of the art work on the facade of the Library in Someren,the Netherlands.

Be Welcome 23-03 at 16.00

Here you can see my final work

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Yesterday evening Thomas and Sam have left for Europe. And I will leave to day. At this moment it is early morning and I am working in my hotel room with a beautiful view sight of the Arabic Golf. Of course it is an understatement but I shall miss this beautiful weather. We spent over days here to recover from our extreme tiredness and looking back we had a lot of joy over the one-liners used with good intentions and in difficult situations.

Such as:

We like to help you.

I have a brother who is in charge with this, I will call him

My friend is the friend of the governor

Please be patient

Tomorrow in shallah

This is our culture

Thank you so much

I am so sorry

Tell me what you need

No Problem

Bringing presents on difficult moments

It seams to be culturally determined that you don’t say now on a proposal. So if you get not a reaction after three times you know it is NO. We are all very disappointed that we could not spent more time in the Marshlands. To be honest I am not feeling taking serious in my attempt to research the marshlands. Of course we had also a great experience what I would have liked to miss only a small part of it. Also the people are very kind and were happy to see us there. But after 10 days of negotiation we have been exactly for one hour in the marshlands and that is after all my preparation a little bit sad. I know security and problems between organizations played a role in it. But that was not the whole reason there was also other interests what seemed to be more important or more attractive for the organizer in the Marshlands at that moment. I was in one Mudhif, we have beautiful shoots from the marshlands. But the marshlands are bigger I wanted to research more and did not only come so far for only beautiful shoots. There are contacts now on several levels and there are possibility’s to go back. What to say more then In shallah.

This picture has been taken in the old city part of Kuwait. Very nice place what gives me back my memories to old Cairo city.

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