WHAT DOES HOME MEAN TO YOU?
Until the 19th century in the Netherlands there were no numbers in the front door of the houses but ‘’gevelstenen’’ instead. These were small images that represented what the building stood for and who the inhabitants were. There could be the name, the origin, religion or profession of the owner. There could be used as a talisman protecting the home or as a commemoration of a special occasion. By looking at them you could know more about the character of the house owner than you ever would from merely reading a house number or address. In the same way our houses in the Wielewaal have their own life and souls and they are something more that numbers on a map. Intrigued by this tradition, we decided to ask our neighbours what their ‘gevelsteen’ would be.
What image or word would they use to describe their home?What home means to them?
This way we got to meet our neighbours and have conversations about home. Then gathered these words and translated them into images. What you see here is the result of our conversations and the process of creating their personalized images. You can also see our working space inside one of the Wielewaal houses. After the exhibition the images will be given to our neighbours to hang them out of their house communicating this way who they are and what their home stands for.
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