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Dutch Open Air Museum, 'Makers in the Picture' 2021

Soda developed the concept and design for this exhibition, which is on display in the Wagenhal of the Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, in collaboration with studio PA2 (Pieter Aartsen). In 'Makers in the Picture' present-day craftsmen are the central focus. They are interviewed in video portraits: from ship carpenter and clog maker to maker of breast prostheses and henna artist. All of them are masters of problem-solving and work with respect for their surroundings and their clients. With their handmade, unique products, they form a counterweight to today's throw-away culture. Makers in the Picture' therefore also relates important issues as to sustainability and identity.

Soda has brought the stories together in the middle of the space on an apparently floating field that is covered with transparent fabric. Through the fabric, the visitor can see the objects that are grouped on coloured areas. Meanwhile, video portraits of the craftsmen are projected onto the fabric frame. When one of the makers is speaking in the particular video (shown in colour), the others remain silent and the visitor watches them silently continuing their handiwork (shown in black and white). This approach binds the makers, objects and stories together - as if under a glass bell: what is shown is of value. The gaze gently glides through the layers, from the videos and the objects to the view through the windows outside where the museum and thus the story of the crafts continues.

The videos were made by Julia Roeselers (interviews and camera) and Pieter van Lier (editing and video).