"Een ode aan hen die van heinde en verre zijn gekomen."
"Een ode aan hen die van heinde en verre zijn gekomen (An ode to those who have come from far)" The owner of the house, wanted to tell the story of the migrant workers that came from different countries like Morocco, Greece and Turkey to this area in the 60s and 70s. His own father worked as a labourer in the textile industrie alongside migrant workers which he wanted to incorporate in the story as well. One of the old factories near his house is now home to the @textielmuseum. You can see it's chimney on your right standing in front of the mural. The quote of the owner of the house is painted on the wall in Dutch, together with a translations of it into Arabic, Turkish, Tamazight and into Greek.
What made the artist extra happy was that neighbours who had lived next to each other for over 30 years, now had a conversation with each other for the first time that went beyond a simple 'hi'.
Tja Ling Hu (1988) is a visual artist based in Amsterdam with Chinese roots. Her drawings depict a world of surreal, dreamlike and sometimes gloomy, characters and landscapes. For Tja Ling, words can feel restrictive. Her drawings are the way she translates and shares her explorations into the psyche, looking for answers to questions buried deep among different dimensions, be they philosophical, psychological or found in psychedelic experiences. Minute details, soft shades and playful lines invite the viewer up close, making them part of an intimate exchange open to personal interpretation. Although her works are figurative, there’s room for the creating individual stories, allowing traditional boundaries of culture and privacy to be transcended. Emotions and intuition are the conversations that arise in interaction with Tja Ling’s work.
Hunted by Rian Nijssen. Pictures by Rian Nijssen ( @riannijssen ).