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Nieuwe burenCrooswijk verandert

Moving from one city to another is a radical event: a new home, new neighbours and a new neighbourhood. Photographer and artist Erika Blikman documented her move from Amsterdam into a new apartment block in Crooswijk, a working class district in Rotterdam.
Starting with portraits of the neighbours in the new building and photographs of their freshly decorated bedrooms, she wanted to find out whether the presence of these new residents - who, at first sight, have not much in common with the original residents - had any influence on the neighbourhood. Gradually she became curious of the environs.
Blikman used her camera to find her way around and to initiate projects where old and new residents could meet and get to know each other.

'I became aware that observing with my camera was not sufficient. In this project, I was the not only observer, I was also involved. That is why I had to take action.'

Blikman's carefully focussed photographs are now presented in an exhibition at the Schielandhuis of the Historisch Museum Rotterdam and the publication Nieuwe buren (new neighbours).
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Erika Blikman
Erika Blikman
Jacques Börger, Reinhout Kleinhans, Dik Vuik and Erika Blikman
graphic design
Typography Interiority & Other Serious Matters
hardcover | 72 pp | 14 x 19.5 cm
€ 19.50