Roland Gunst – half Flemish, half Congolese – uses installations, performances, film and video to explore the search for his own identity.
Jan Renkema provides a clear analysis of the Dutch identity in his pamphlet ‘The DNA of the Netherlands’. He starts with a conversation on a flight to Schiphol.
Which image or object would you choose to capture the Low Countries?
In her essay ‘Connection in Confusion’, Hind Fraihi gives Vooruit Arts Centre in Ghent some suggestions on how it should deal with a world that is becoming increasingly diverse and colourful.
The United States of Belgium tells the story of the First Belgian Revolution before the creation of a language barrier between French and Dutch.
Jane Judge’s book provides a profound analysis of the rich sources surrounding the events that shaped the Belgian identity.
Large-scale research shows that the Dutch are unanimous about what makes the Netherlands the Netherlands, despite sharp contradictions in the public debate.
Due to the population density, the Dutch have developed a strong sense of individuality and privacy.
The diverse groups in the Netherlands must work together. This might explain why the Dutch have developed a high degree of tolerance.
The Dutch like to fend for themselves, for fear of further interference. They love their freedom and independence.
In a country of polders, flatness defines everything. This flatness means that nobody can rise above you, nor you above them.
Due to the openness and the usually quick acceptance of various groups the Netherlands has been able to develop as a country in which modern ideas can flourish.
The Dutch have a constant willingness to compromise and whose aim above all is a general consensus.