Sanja Medic

Bijlmer Diary

“To understand what is going on, what the Bijmermeer means to its inhabitants, to Amsterdam and to the Netherlands in general, one has to evoke the past, follow the biography of this very special district and assess its present shape to get some inkling about what its future may be”, Prof. D. H. Frieling, 2004

 

This project aimed to explore the complex relations between the past and the present within Bijlmermeer being a controversial area of urban experiments, with focus on the dialectical relation between architecture and society. The core of the work was the archive that I had found in the Stadsdeel Zuidoost. This collection consisted of newspaper-articles published in different Dutch newspapers and magazines over the last forty years. Although incomplete, it was the most detailed collection of both the most crucial as well as irrelevant moments of the Bijlmer’s short late-modernist history started in 1965.

 

My intention was to offer an interpretation of this chronicle as well as make one of its sources open to the public for the first time. Installation included archive, archive images, collage, paper sculpture and multi-edition poster.

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Exhibition Open Source, 1st Bijlmer Biennale, Anton de Komplein, Amsterdam Zuid-Oost, 2009

Material: photocopies

Size: poster 0.5 x 0.7 cm / collage 3 x 2.4 m

Commissioned by: Straat van Sculpturen Bijlmer