At a young age I was adopted from Thailand by my Dutch parents. Since then I have wondered where I come from and where I feel at home. Because sometimes I feel both Dutch and Thai. In 'The pineapple doesn't fall far from the tree.' I take the viewer on a visual journey through the Dutch landscape. In which I go in search of Thailand. For example, I ask passers-by to perform typical Thai rituals and customs, which I capture with the camera. I also look for Dutch landscapes that remind me of Thailand and I make Asian bonsai trees from typical Dutch vegetables. In this way I try to bring the Netherlands and Thailand together. In this way I try to create a place in which the two cultures I feel connected to can be brought together. ‘The pineapple doesn’t fall far from the tree.’ is about my adoption, origin and giving it a place. ‘The pineapple doesn’t fall far from the tree.’ was part of my graduation exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague in 2013. The book was designed by Carolin Reichert of WE ARE A4. The book was published in an edition of 50 copies and is sold out. The project was made possible by Fonds 1818 and was selected for the Unseen Book Dummy Award 2013 during Unseen Photo Festival and The Photobook Show during Athens Photo Festival in 2015.
'The pineapple doesn't fall far from the tree', boekpublicatie afstuderen KABK 2013, design: WE ARE A4, oplage: 50x, € 35,- incl. btw
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