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A MENDO publication is a well-designed book with visually stunning creative content, browsed by people to be amazed and inspired. The subject-matter is one of our pre-defined curated categories, fashion, photography, interior, sport, lifestyle, food and traveling. In general, a MENDO book is a piece of furniture in itself.
A multifaceted depiction of chaos
‘Avondklok’: the Dutch word for curfew, captures a unique time at the beginning of 2021 that engulfed many and challenged existing notions of citizens’ opinions towards governmental decision making. After tasting a return to normalcy during summer of 2020, governments began to lock down once again, only this time with more force and new tactics.
Taking lead from countries such as France and Belgium, the Netherlands decided to impose a curfew, 9:30pm till 4:30am, which wasn’t received lightly. The incompatibility of blanket decision-making and representing the views of its people became starkly apparent. The question of democracy sat beneath the surface; ostensibly decisions were made beyond the power of elected individuals. Some found that to be a bitter pill to swallow.
Protests against a perceived infringement of rights sparked city-wide protests. A dystopian atmosphere began to emerge: designer shops were boarded up to protect supposedly valuable stock; flash grenades were thrown at peaceful protesters; and social media platforms such as Telegram, Snapchat, Youtube and Tiktok were used to organise meeting points, document and sometimes flaunt damages caused.
The artist utilised the platforms to research and document the events as they unfolded, allowing him to track the protests on the ground, whilst simultaneously keeping a birds eye view across the country. Through a camouflaged immersion into these provoked groups of individuals on said platforms, the artist is able to convey his first hand experience of the uproar, whilst using social media content, to show a multifaceted depiction of the chaos.