Rosa Barba, Somnium, 2011, Netherlands Photomuseum, Rotterdam, photography: Pieter Crucq
Each year, together with the Rotterdam Port Authority and SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain, the Netherlands Photomuseum commissioned a photographer, film maker or visual artist to record the construction of the Maasvlakte 2.
The first artist to take on this task is Dorothée Meyer. She focused on the existing landscape and presented ten large photos of the perimeter of the existing Maasvlakte, taken during the summer of 2007. In early 2008, her work was exhibited at the Netherlands Photomuseum.
Marcel van Eeden followed with his commission. Van Eeden’s new work takes the 1942 sinking of the ship Cornelia Maersk in the North Sea on the site of Maasvlakte 2 as its starting point. The narrative series of drawings he produced were presented in the Netherlands Photomuseum in Rotterdam between May 22 and July 4, 2010.
On 26 January 2011, Rosa Barba's images project started as part of XL, the additional anniversary programme of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Barba produced a science fiction film, Somnium, based on interviews with local residents and others involved in the land reclamation project to create Maasvlakte 2.
ZAND by Erik Wesselo was the next project in the Image-line. For this project, Wesselo travelled to Rameshwaram (South India), Saemangeum (South Korea) and Palm Jumeirah (Dubai), where he filmed and took Polaroid pictures documenting large land reclamation projects.
Marie-José Jongerius concluded the series with Lunar Landscapes. She turned her large-format camera to the nocturnal aspect of the new landscape. This produced photographic images of great mysterious beauty.
Marcel van Eeden