For the 30 year anniversary of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art we have expanded our ‘MELLY’s Neighbours’ program, connecting our exhibition spaces directly with our street and neighbouring communities. Together we reflect upon Rotterdam’s urban transformation over the past three decades, as well as the changing relationships between local entrepreneurs and the art institution itself. In two projects, a visual artist and a narrator were invited to capture and to question these developments. They are photographer Jarmal Martis together with story-teller Nelly Dos Reis, and film-maker Enang Wattimena as well as political philosopher Tina Rahimy.

As a reference, the arists and narrators worked with a number of research questions:

  • Who are the neighbors of the art institution?
  • Which of these neighbors have witnessed the development of the art institution?
  • What is the relationship between these neighbors and the art institution?
  • How will the Witte de Withstraat look like in the future?
  • How do the residents/workers of Witte de Withstraat see the future of the street?

The goal of this project is to engage and open up more with the neighborhood, document the development of the street until now, and to visualize how the future of the Witte de Withstraat can look.

The exhibition is curated by curator collective learning Jessy Koeiman.