Story / Heritage, Chapter 2: The irresistible shade of the vine

The second chapter of Common Grounds: Story / Heritage explores storytelling as a way to develop a connection to a place. There are memories that are not legible in the architecture or archive but can be remembered, shared, and imagined together in the present. Folklore, mythology, and gossip shape the identity of Abraham Dolehof too. The city archives document a detailed history of the site as a convent from 1412 and a school until the 1970s, but what has happened since then?

Artist Jumana Emil Abboud presents an audio performance and remedy-making workshop in her work The irresistible shade of the vine, which draws upon the connection between the protection of land with the preservation of folktales and communal bonds. In the first part, Abboud takes us on a journey through distant and ever-so-close lands and tells a folktale inspired by Palestinian-Arab folklore. In the second segment, she’ll share the story’s background and interpretation in preparation for the workshop prompt to follow in the third part. Then, the artist invites us to imagine our very own story-interaction by making our own response or remedy in relation to the story she told. A prompt with specific instructions or directives will be given, and it will ultimately call on us to shape the “vine” together. Each remedy will be unique, crafted from the same question, yet achieved through various forms and materials. Take a photo of your outcome and tag us on social media or send it to the address below.

We created our own kind of “oral history” in which previous and current inhabitants and past visitors to Casco’s building at Lange Nieuwstraat 7 and the Abraham Dolehof share memories about their experiences on our are.na page. Should you want to contribute a story related to the location, be it a PDF of a book, website link, a video, an audio clip, or an image, write to Staci Bu Shea at staci@casco.art.

Image description: A warm yellow background with visible brushstrokes, with a small pencil drawn figure with a peaceful looking facial expression and one visible arm wrapped around an oval shape, drawn in black ink which is more saturated at the top than the bottom. This drawing is entitled "Wrapping Your Arms Around the Dark" and is made by artist Jumana Emil Abboud.
Image description: A warm yellow background with visible brushstrokes, with a small pencil drawn figure with a peaceful looking facial expression and one visible arm wrapped around an oval shape, drawn in black ink which is more saturated at the top than the bottom. This drawing is entitled “Wrapping Your Arms Around the Dark” and is made by artist Jumana Emil Abboud.
30 April 2020
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This activity is part of:

A process of commoning the main site and building in Utrecht’s Museum Quarters through different modes of sharing the space, its use values & stories.

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