This series contains my graduation project at the Fotoacademie Amsterdam, in which I showed an installation with a pile of 14,600 sheets of A3 format paper and a sewing machine in the Beurs van Berlage. During the 4 days of the exhibition I picked a random amount of sheets out of the pile, sewed it all together, and gave my memories to the visitors that passed by. From then on these publications became their memories.
Memories are part of who you are. You always take them with you. On the basis of those recollections most people are able to tell their history. But my memories of the first 8 years of my life are very patchy. I can’t revisit persons and places from that period.
In my work I try to (re)construct and capture memories. I let myself be guided by scents, music and encounters... Anything that triggers my memory. Spontaneously. Not chronologically. And unfortunately always incomplete.
On average you create 5 memories a day. 5 memories a day, 365 days a year, for 8 years adds up to 14,600 memories.