22.02.2018 → In progress
Foarby Nij Altoenae
— The elsewhere world
Foarby Nij Altoenae, beyond Nij Altoenae. Land of farmers, freebooters, adventurers, old communists, workers, anarchists, artists and other 'washed ashore people'. Outsiders who feel a firm connection with the ground under their feet. Barren land of 'dikers and villagers' who prefer to be left alone.
"Anyone who persists for two years, here on the dike, is hardy. Anyone who has lived here for seven years will never leave.”
It was here, in this deserted and rugged area in the far north of Friesland, even beyond the village of Nij Altoenae, on the last dike before the Wadden Sea, where my grandmother once showed the first signs of Alzheimer's disease.
In this project I'm looking for stories of people and their connection with this area. The unique character and appeal of this region. For my own memories. And for the answer to the question ‘What is my place in all this?’