Boerenzij / The Rural Side BOOK
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Boerenzij / The Rural Side BOOK   (ENG /NL)
A book on The Rural Side of Rotterdam

THE BOOK on Boerenzij (The Rural Side) is available over Jap Sam Books

Boerenzij | The Rural Side questions the hegemony of urban culture through encounters with the countryside in the city. This art project created with and by Rotterdammers places rural migration, mindsets, memories, objects and en plein air drawings in the midst of the current gentrification of Rotterdam-Zuid. Boerenzij demands critical awareness of the naturalness with which rural culture is being swallowed up and urbanized worldwide.

Boerenzij | The Rural Side takes de old appellation for Rotterdam-Zuid as a starting point. In the past, farm workers and their families moved to Rotterdam because there was work to be found in the harbors. Through time, the rural and urban became inextricably intertwined.

Boerenzij | The Rural Side is a project on rural migration. Besides texts by Wapke Feenstra and curator and researcher Kevser Güler, the book contains many images such as drawings, film stills and photos of rural objects. The exhibition Boerenzij was on view at TENT, the platform for contemporary art in Rotterdam, from 11 October 2019 to 12 January 2020.