Bron

The Eriskay Connection

Photobook

230 × 290 mm / offset print

2022

I saw empty pools and recycled my water at home. Still, I found it hard to grasp. The scarcity turned out to be way less visible than I expected and that exactly interested me. Only when I saw the empty dams outside the city, I realised that something was really wrong.

April 12, 2018: Day Zero, the day that the whole city of Cape Town would run out of water. The countdown to Day Zero was supposed to be a countdown to chaos. Zindzi Zwietering (NL) spent two months in the city to document the crisis.

Bron reflects on South Africa’s water crisis and questions how urban citizens relate to a changing earth. An earth on which a quarter of the world population deals with extreme shortages. We are highly dependent on natural sources, but they have become more and more invisible for citizens of urban areas. How can we as a society really comprehend the significance of the situation as long as there is still water flowing from our taps?

Bron investigates the human perspective, not only on one country, but on a world exposed to climate crisis. Zwietering brings to life how invisible phenomena increasingly shape our daily lives. She renders the abstract clear and brings the hidden into focus.

Project and photos: Zindzi Zwietering
Text: Lise Swartz


Close-up photos: the Eriskay Connection


Waarom kruip je nog als je vliegen kan?

Tolhuistuin

Mural

30700 × 2490 mm / glued sheets of paper

2022



Mural made in collaboration with artist Dewy Elsinga (Butterfingaz) based on a poem of spoken word artist Zaïre Krieger. Waarom kruip je nog als je vliegen kan? (Why do you still crawl when you can fly?)


Zoveel wind en storm
zijn door je propellors
gegaan,

maar de lijdensweg die
je dacht dat je zou
ombrengen is je
startbaan

Waarom kruip je nog,
als je vliegen kan? 


Photos: Zindzi Zwietering


Anangsieh Tories

Atlas Contact

Book

135 × 190 mm / offset print

2022

Four beautiful stories about the spider Anangsieh by Anton de Kom, author of the famous book 'Wij Slaven van Suriname'. Anton de Kom (1898-1945) is one of the most important voices in the anti-colonial movement of the 20th century. 'Freedom fighter, resistance hero, trade unionist, activist, state and exile' on the pedestal of his statue in Amsterdam. In the 1930s, De Kom was banned from Suriname. During the Second World War he was active in the Dutch resistance. He died in a German concentration camp on 24 April 1945. In 'Anangsieh tories' Anton de Kom gives his own twist to the fairytale stories about the slender, shrewd spider.

Illustrations: Brian Elstak
Illustration backside hardcover: Nola Hatterman



NEIGHBOURHOOD OF COMMONING

Dimitri van den Wittenboer, Pankaj Tiwari

Visual

Divers / digital

2021

Artwork for Neighbourhood of Commoning, a project by Dimitri van den Wittenboer & Pankaj Tiwari. They explore what ‘commons space’ can contribute to the public life in the neighbourhood and how it can be different from private and public space. For this project they invited the citizens of Altstetten, Zurich CH, to transform their private spaces such as Apartments, Garages or Gardens into a ‘commons space’ for the duration of 4 weeks. The ‘commons space’ is organised by the neighbourhood collectively and took place from the 9th of August till the 4th of September during the About Us Festival. (Dutch only).