Sarah van Sonsbeeck We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now

Dominic van den Boogerd on emergency, migration and the folklore of the sea

By Dominic van den Boogerd

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now, 2017, golden Mylar blankets, dimensions variable. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Courtesy Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, 19 May – 17 September Consecrated in 1306, the Oude Kerk (Old Church) in Amsterdam’s red-light district is the oldest building in the city: now a museum, it was originally a port church, and has never been deconsecrated. For centuries, it faced almost directly onto the waterfront. Ships received blessings for a safe journey right in front of the church doors; fishermen could repair their nets in the vestibule, shielded from the elements, while it is here that…

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