If you can’t be yourself outside your home

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The Dutch government tries to achieve a society where all citizens should be able to feel at home, but can every person in the Netherlands really feel at home? In december 2017 I presented an installation in TENT (Rotterdam, NL) about personal stories of “the new Dutchmen” who experience a lot of tensions related to culture differences.

To me it always sounded logical to be yourself, whether I am inside or outside the house. When I can be myself around other people, I feel at home quickly - regardless the place.

People who are raised between a western and a non-western culture have to shift constantly between one another. On top of that, they are structurally exposed to general prejudgments.

Apparently, article 1 established in 1994 in order to prevent discrimination, does not offer the comfort needed. In this installation personal stories by “the new Dutchmen” question the effectiveness of article one. Our government tries to achieve a society where all citizens should be able to feel at home, but can every person in our country?

Doormat with article one

Installation in Tent, Rotterdam

Installation in Tent, Rotterdam

This audio file presents a personal story of a woman who talks about sense of belonging. Interview: Emine & me Sense of belonging

Author: Marieke Widlak

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