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Exhibition design and coordination 'Protect me!'

For the exhibition 'Protect me!' in the Zeeuws Museum I designed two halls and coordinated the production of all three halls, including Peter Bosman's 'hall of stones'. Besides the 3D design I got the opportunity to contribute a video installation of six experts I selected, reviewing the theme Protection in the broadest sense of the word. The video was produced by The Office of Nonfiction Storytelling and converted into a six stream projected sound scape bij InMyOpinion.

What is more universal than the concept of protection? Everywhere and at all times man has required protection against the weather and against enemies and other dangerous external forces. In the summer of 2013 the Zeeuws Museum presented the exhibition Protect Me! Clothing and Accessories for Body and Soul, featuring a varied selection of ethnographic objects, traditional dress and fashion items that offer protection. They included rainwear, mourning clothes, a bullet-proof jacket, penis gourds, an Inuit fur suit, muskrat-fur mittens, red coral amulets and a shaman’s cloak.

The varied items were divided into three thematic categories: physical, social and spiritual protection. All objects were interpreted from an ethnographic and a fashion-history perspective and in relation to current concerns. Our challenge was to select the most evocative objects, such as Ted Noten’s tiara for Princess Maxima in the form of a polo helmet, and healthy underwear by Dr Gustav Jaeger from 1870. Social protection relates mainly to dress codes for social or religious groups, such as a contemporary HEMA headscarf for Muslim women. In terms of spiritual protection, we think mainly of protection for the soul, including amulets and costumes and masks that can disguise your identity (or soul).

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