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There is beauty to be found in embracing the multiplicity of stories that constitute our identities. The essence of home is portable and fluid—always growing and adapting, fusing and mingling with different times, places and people, expressing itself in new forms and stories.

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The Girl Who Crossed the River with a Tablecloth Vol. I + II

The book ‘The Girl Who Crossed the River with a Tablecloth’, consists of two parts. Vol. I is a partly fictive written work and photobook with two interchanging lines of narratives. Both narratives consist out of twelve short stories (twenty-four in total). The first line of narrative are twelve stories about my ancestors lives in the Jewish Pale of Settlement, inspired by the ancient tradition of Yiddish storytelling — which are assemblages of magical tales and fables, folklore and biblical stories, embedded with Chassidic mysticism. The twelve stories are coherent with the twelve months of the Hebrew Lunar calendar, each story is in alignment with a spiritual meaning of that particular month. The second line of narrative consists out of a collection of twelve memories within my own search in my family’s history. Each book comes with a bookmark describing the history of the region, to give a deeper context to the reader. Vol. II is an archival work, which shows the multi-layered depths of my research. Vol. I comes with a detachable dustjacket depicting my familytree. 
Book (2 parts)
17x24 cm

Vol. I

Vol. II