Author: Xenia Bordukowa Pattberg

Home Where I Can Be Foreign

Interview with artist Marta Colpani Having weathered several technological glitches that threatened to keep us apart, Marta Colpani and I are sipping coffee together at the Stedelijk museum – a small white square table between us, still an empty canvas on which we may or may not be able to establish common ground. I can’t help but scan the setting, reflecting on the fact that a large part of Marta Colpani’s work to date is centred around the “perceptive and affective engagement with the environment”, where the individual experience of it serves as a process to discover one’s place...

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Communities – Part 1: The Pulse of Europe

This coming Sunday at 2pm I will once more, together with my kids, join the crowd, which gathers weekly in front of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. “The Pulse of Europe”, as the movement is called, is an explicitly non-party, non-religious grassroots movement, originated in Frankfurt/Germany. Just in a few months since its initiation it has spread to 40 European cities, including Paris, Vienna, and Amsterdam. Its aim: To make the pro-European voice audible again, thus counterbalancing the Brexiters and the Eurosceptics of recent times. And sure enough, this city itself has such a diverse cultural identity that it seems like one...

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How To Return

My first attempt to return home was close to disastrous, and stayed my last. At the age of twenty-three I moved to Moscow, and back in with my father. After only two months in my old bed I couldn’t pack things fast enough to return… home again.

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  • Hiraeth Ep. 20- Summer Wrap Up 21/07/2017
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