Our Plague Year

167689322_4578593925488062_1882166458694084650_nThursday 15 April – Thursday 27 June 2021

Vrijhof Culture presents… the  exhibition: Our Plague Year
Click here to visit the exhibition.

Extra online event by student association Pro Deo on Tuesday 18 May 19:30
Theatre students react through improvisational theater on some of the moral dilemma’s used in the UT study and on the art on show. Watch a registration of the event here: https://youtu.be/MJ-Yj_1oY8w

The connecting theme of this online exhibition is the past Corona year with its dilemmas and contemplations.Two researchers from the University of Twente started a study into how people deal with these new dilemmas and Vrijhof Cultuur joined in with an exhibition of artists who have all been dealing with our changing perspectives in their own individual way.  

Participating artists: Jozef de Bot, Magreet Hajee, Grietje Bouman & Iris Poljan, Cyril Wermers and Judith Schepers.

Vrijhof Cultuur, Drienerlolaan 5, Enschede


Anticipatory Moral Imagination in Corona Times: A Study Based on Drawings”, by Anneke Sools (Psychology) , Yashar Saghai (Philosophy) and Sophie Rodriguez (research assistant) from the University of Twente. A study based on drawing from artist Judith Schepers.

In the wake of the Corona crisis, each of us was confronted to new personal or collective moral dilemmas to which we had not yet been confronted: Should you attend a funeral? Would you recommend the adoption of a policy restricting access to stores or public transportation to people with a vaccine electronic passport? In this study, they collaborated with artist Judith Schepers to create 8 drawings depicting potential dilemmas, from familiar to futuristic, to stimulate imagination regarding moral issues situated in the future and creative ways to deal with those issuesThey asked participants from Ecuador, Finland, Greece and the Netherlands some questions about each set of moral dilemmas, every three weeks between September and December 2020.

All 8 drawings are part of the exhibition.

The other artists in the exhibition have been chosen for their very own way of dealing with some of past years dilemmas.

Jozef de Bot (Hengelo) made an online annual report as he does every year. He is a spectator, drawer, painter. He watches and records. Easter fires that are not lit, carnival parades of 2 people, the deceased, sneezers, air conditioners ….

Margreet Hajee (Deventer) changed (temporarily?) her way of working. Sitting with an embroidery at the breakfast table, looking at the bread that was there, she made the connection … and started embroidering on bread. It started with texts on bread has now become almost modeling. Bread-clay.

Grietje Bouman & Iris Poljan (Winterswijk & Zagreb) were in a sort of lethargic state when the lockdown was laid upon. During an online chat, the idea grew to send each other some soul-stirs by e-mail every day.

Cyril Wermers (Enschede) is a real “people photographer”, you see him every day somewhere on the street in Enschede. But during a lockdown there is actually nobody on the street … what does that do to the way of photography?