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As of the 16th of March 2020 we were all requested to stay indoors and to leave the house only for necessities. After two days I go outside to do grocery shopping and see a queue at the supermarket and the chemist’s. The centre of Amsterdam is quiet.
The second week of the ‘intelligent lockdown’ I decide to step outdoors daily, alone, with my camera. I want to experience the silence, to see the city. Fear is in the air and a feeling of doom is all around me. The teddy bears that have been placed behind windows for children to spot on a ‘bear hunt’ are staring at me. There is an almost surreal emptiness on the main squares of Amsterdam: Dam square and Central Station square. I want to capture this historical moment.
“The eternal silence of these infinite spaces terrifies me” – Blaise Pascal, French theologist and philosopher, 1623-1662.
In the way that photography offers me comfort, I hope this puzzle, publication and poem will offer you comfort. Once you have completed the puzzle you can frame it and put it up on the wall. This way the puzzle becomes a tangible souvenir of a remarkable and unsettling time. An easily accessible way to buy art. A way to bring the outside world inside. And maybe even a way to look at a photo for a longer period of time than ever before.
This publication was made possible thanks to the Corona-desk of the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts). The packaging, poster and webshop were designed by graphic designers Robin Kamping (sjondebaron) and Sean van Steenhoven. Writer, philosopher and art viewer Ko van ‘t Hek wrote a poem to go with the photos. Concept and photography by Zindzi Zwietering.