Photography: Nick Thomas
Showroom is a solo exhibition as part of the HCA Residency at Roodkapje, Rotterdam. It is an installation in situ at a site full of young creatives (music, art, dance, design) next to a small and important community garden. It felt important to reflect on the location and explore the immediate surroundings. The entire area is planned to be redeveloped and will probably be replaced by luxury apartments.
The installation itself is a showroom apartment, but displaying and celebrating elements of domestic life, community and the local. It is a framework of on-going research into the meaning of home. Ceramic shapes and embroidery depict areas that represent the feeling of home through daily routes, routines and other important rituals that were explored in an earlier workshop. We used digital maps to create shapes during the workshop and then the geographical elements were arranged into a more abstract perfect idea of a city completely full of meaningful interactions.
The mural is a pattern using aerial view of locations that represent community to me: such as the Vredestuin (community garden), Het O-tje (residential complex managed communally by its residents), and RUSS - Ladywell (self-build community hub and housing - a project currently ongoing in London).
An estate agent performance during the opening served as an introduction to the work as well as voicing the concerns of the future of the location. The estate agent script was available to read for the duration of the exhibition.