The video Somewhere in Between reflects on the Indo diaspora after the decolonization of the Dutch East Indies (nowadays Indonesia). Hundreds of thousands of people of Eurasian heritage were forced to leave the country after the Bersiap period (the bloody separation between the Netherlands and its colony).
The narration of the video conflates a number of comments left on online Indo community networks. Shaped like a stream of thoughts — Somewhere in Between highlights different aspects of the process to redefine identity and culture.
The starting point for Somewhere in Between came from one of my favorite main courses on the menu of Indonesian restaurants in the Netherlands. The dish is called rijsttafel (rice table) an elaborate meal with rice and many side dishes — the origin of the rijsttafel is colonial and it is no longer served in present-day Indonesia. It reveals how traces of the spice trade and three hundred years of a colonial past still remain present in Dutch society today.
Somewhere in Between is one narrative in an interchanging world of migratory experiences. These particular migrating stories re-contextualize the past and give us insight to the present.
Screenings & Exhibitions:
Screen City Biennial, Stavanger, Norway, 2017
8th FUSO Annual International Video Art Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016
Frieze Magazine online, review by Chloe Stead, November 1st 2017: