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Kaleb de Groot

Whom is allowed to ask critical questions about your homecountry?

From the perspective of the recent Dutch history we (Kaleb de Groot and Iben Trino-Molenkamp) share a similar background as regards to the position of our families and how they experienced the Dutch society: both our grandfathers were "wrong" in WWII .

The De Groot family is in the Dutch historiography regarded as a collaborator, and (part of) Iben's family as an enemy. The central question that motivates us is: for whom is Dutch heritage intended and whether you are, with a background like theirs actually allowed to ask critical questions about your homecountry?

Collective memory or the act of collective remembering whithin a society is a reflection of the ruling, social, political and economic power. In the collaborative project 'Counter Memory' we question the known, and disguised version of some painful aspects of the history of the Netherlands. Not so much with the intention to distrust this version of history itself. But to draw attention to the underlying mechanism, and thereby exposing the hegemony and commemoration. For Rethinking HOME we focus on two sub themes of home: memory and identity.

Kaleb de Groot (1974, Haarlem) describes his work as psycho-geography, a term that encapsulate his work that investigates the relation between geographical locations/forms and individuals that operate, live in, and utilize these surroundings. Through these investigations, De Groot emphasizes architectural perspectives and meaning creation in perpetually shifting global environments and how they affect the psyche of communities and individuals. He has worked on many different projects in China, Zambia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Curacao and his native Netherlands, where he resides and from which he works.

Iben Trino-Molenkamp (1973) is a filmmaker and historian, specializing inSoutheast Asian contemporary history, with a strong focus on nationalism, political economy, memory, and conflict. Trino-Molenkamp is the co-director of the Organization for Visual Progression, a non-profit organization focusing on utilizing visual media in social justice issues and conflict resolution/transformation. He lives in New York and often works in Asia.