Tamara van der Laarse

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Eleni Palogou and Tamara van der Laarse create an interactive installation exploring hope through photography, scenography, sound, music, and light. Nostalgically embracing their memories with a retro vibe, they unveil enduring fragments of hope. Eleni, as a scenographer, weaves visual narratives, while Tamara, a sound artist, complements the installation with an ambient sound piece from various field recordings.

The installation starts as an empty space with hanging metallic nets, waiting for change. Fabric strips from Eleni's childhood bedsheets surround the area. Two view master devices show glimpses of what the filled installation could look like. They bridge the gap between past and present, inviting active participation.

Spectators are encouraged to engage by writing on fabric strips what brings them hope and hanging them on the metal nets. This participation isn't just an addition; it's an embodiment of hope, symbolising strength in unity and shared aspirations.

An integral part of the installation is a soundscape made from field recordings. The field recordings have been created in Berlin, when Tamara experienced being in a new and different surrounding, adapting to change, which lead to reconnecting with hope. The ambient sounds are created in Amsterdam, combining two (hopeful) worlds in one, the past and the present.

Eleni and Tamara enrich the exploration of quiet sources of hope persisting even in the darkest corners. Visitors actively contribute, transforming the installation into an evolving archive of hope. Through this interactive process, individual contributions weave together a tapestry of hope, both personal and universal.

Hope is a muscle that allows us to connect

  - title inspired by Björk's lyrics (Atopos)


Eleni Palogou