Limburg is the most southern province of the Netherlands and part of the larger Euregio. International master students of the DAE were asked to contribute to an alternative atlas of Limburg thereby giving a new perspective on the province within this larger region. For this project the mapping focused on the invisible infrastructure of the landscape revealing the different layers of the identity of Limburg.
Historically Limburg was well known for its coal mines which all closed down in the 1970s. These relics of the industrial past are still visible in the landscape however the history surrounding the mines is slowly erased from the collective consciousness as the generation of miners diminishes steadily.
During my research I found out that all the former mines were named after members of the Dutch Royal House. By collecting and showing the portraits of these ‘Royal Mascots’ next to the geographical map of the mines a different layer of meaning revealed the role of the mines for the whole of the Netherlands and the Euregio.
commissioned by: Centre of Contemporary Culture Marres, NAiM, Bureau Europa and the Province of Limburg
students: Daniela Dossi, Joao Abreu Valente, Karianne Rygh, Yu-Hun Kim, Elena Pereira, Han Decorte, Irma Földényi, Luis Gómez-Barquin Lanne-Lenne, Lynn Schammel, Tamar Shafrir, Aleksandra Szymanska, Alexandra Proba, Anna Badur, Lina-Marie Köppen
mentor: Joost Grootens