Northern Africa gave me a sense of loneliness and dislocation. As soon as you cross the High Atlas mountains, everything is different. The radio changes abruptly to djembes, drums, and thumb piano’s. From that moment on, you’re into the great wide open.

Together with Elisa Veini, I undertook three research trips to Morocco’s south, during which we collected material for the exhibition “Pavillon du Maroc, another look at Moroccan pottery” that was shown in 1998-1999 in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

We visited communities in the deep south. These journeys resulted in images and stories about makers, traders and collectors of handmade clay vessels and about the various places where the pottery is found: homes, markets, museums and shops. A selection of photographs was shown at the exhibition.

  • Objets mobiles. Elisa Veini and Alexandra van Dongen. NAi Publishers 1998, ISBN 978-9069-181998. Photos by Paul van der Stap and others.
    This book was published for the exhibition Pavillon du Maroc in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


    In collaboration with: Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Special thanks to: Maison Tiskiwin Musée Bert Flint Museum Morocco Marrakech
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