The beauty of Heerlen
"It started as an idea for Cultura Nova, to make an installation that shows the city of Heerlen in a positive creative light. This was back in 2019 when I was still in school. The idea started from the nostalgia factor of the place itself. When I was young, I used to go to the Royal Theater in Heerlen to see films and my fascination for films started here. This became the place for the installation itself. The idea was to use the main screen of the cinema as a metaphor."
"At first sight people have a negative image of Heerlen that it is a rather empty city with not a lot to do. But behind the scenes there is more going on. Creative people are rebuilding the city in a new positive light. This was the story me and my team of three co-students (Kamala Schuler, Eva Bos and Floris Brouwers) wanted to tell with the installation. Eventually we created a multimedia installation, consisting of four short films, a poem and photography. The four short films were about a painter (Dave de Leeuw), a young filmmaker (Martijn Martens), a dj (Melvin Hardin) and a dancer (Emiel Janssen). These parts were shown behind the big cinema screen. People literally needed to go behind the scenes to see these creative people talk about Heerlen.
"In 2021 I decided to combine two of the films, the painter and the dancer, to make a short film. And here we are."