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About

The Expatriate Archive Centre collects and preserves the life stories of expats worldwide. To celebrate our 10th Anniversary we are asking for your help to publish a book of art inspired by the life stories, photos, videos, letters, and objects in the archive. 

Meet the Artists

Why This Project?

Saudade . . . it’s a word the Portuguese use to describe longing for something absent and beloved. For the people whose stories are recorded in the Expatriate Archive Centre (EAC), often that absent and beloved thing is home. This year we celebrate ten years of collecting private letters, diaries, photographs, and other treasures from people who temporarily move to a country not their own, whether for work, study, love, or any other reason.

The Expatriate Archive Centre in The Hague
The Expatriate Archive Centre in The Hague

The stories of these people are full of adventure, homesickness, ingenuity and interesting little moments of everyday life abroad.

The Goal of Saudade

Usually the people who use our material are researchers writing for an academic audience. But we wanted to find a way to bring the wonderful stories in the archive to a wider audience.  

Antique Photo Albums from Our Collection
Antique Photo Albums from Our Collection

So to celebrate our tenth anniversary, we have invited ten artists to take a fresh look at the archive and use archival material as inspiration for their art.

Artist Euf Lindeboom Reading Archival Material
Artist Euf Lindeboom Reading Archival Material

Where do our artists come from?

Five of the artists live in The Hague, the international Dutch city where the EAC makes its home, although they originally come from countries as far afield as Scotland and Japan.

Artistic Director Natalie McIlroy Working on Her Art Piece
Artistic Director Natalie McIlroy Working on Her Art Piece

The other five live abroad, and some have come from as far as Italy or California to see the material in the EAC.

Artist Nico Angiuli Interviewing the Donor of One of Our Collections
Artist Nico Angiuli Interviewing the Donor of One of Our Collections

Over the past year and a half, the artists have been acquainting themselves with their chosen archival pieces, interviewing the people who donated the material, and then working to create their art.

Artistic Director Natalie McIlroy Painting in Gold
Artistic Director Natalie McIlroy Painting in Gold

The artists are working in a wide variety of media, including sculpture, photography, performance, printing, painting, and more.

Artist Euf Lindeboom's Studio
Artist Euf Lindeboom's Studio

Why the Suitcase?

All ten art pieces must fit into The Suitcase, an antique piece of luggage that traveled the world with Judy Moody-Stuart, one of the EAC’s founders, crossing oceans, deserts, and bumpy roads as she moved from place to place. 

The Suitcase on a Journey Across the Sahara with Archive Founder Judy Moody-Stuart
The Suitcase on a Journey Across the Sahara with Archive Founder Judy Moody-Stuart

In her own words,

"The Suitcase amongst other packages belonging to our 5 passengers on top of our Toyota landcruiser next to a route-marker barrel (bidon) and post in the middle of a northwards 12-day gravel route (Nigeria - Niger - Algeria) Saharan crossing. We were travelling alone, on gravel and sand, navigating from one bidon to the next; the standard safety-precaution in the eighties was not to leave one bidon until you could clearly get a bearing onto the next bidon. 

 . . . I think that you can make out The Suitcase lashed onto the back of the roof-rack - so that it could be reached by standing on the back bumper. Early on in Northern Nigeria we had got caught in a tropical downpour, and the suitcase had been unnoticedly lying in a puddle of water for days, which is how it acquired its corrugated bottom as the paper-composite dried out."

The Suitcase Lashed on the Roof Rack of Judy's Land Cruiser
The Suitcase Lashed on the Roof Rack of Judy's Land Cruiser

While she was living in The Hague in the 1990s, Judy found another use for her old suitcase – to store material that documented experiences of living abroad collected from expat families worldwide. 

The Suitcase Filled with Early Materials from Judy's Collection
The Suitcase Filled with Early Materials from Judy's Collection

A Little Bit of History

Judy and a few other women started collecting these life stories, which they published in two anthologies, Life on the move and Life Now. These books were followed ten years later by a third, more scholarly anthology, The Source Book.

The First Three Books
The First Three Books

After the publication of the books, they started an archive to preserve the material, and began collecting more stories from expats all over the world. Over the years, the suitcase has become a kind of mascot for the archive.

The Suitcase Inside the Archive
The Suitcase Inside the Archive

This iconic suitcase is the perfect home for the beautiful art the artists are creating. All ten pieces are designed to perfectly fit within the suitcase, providing a symbol of the many journeys taken by the materials in the archive, as well as their expat creators. These art objects and the suitcase that contains them are reminders of the precious things–both tangible and intangible–that expats take with them when they move to a new place.

The Saudade Book

As a companion to the Saudade project, we are creating a beautiful book documenting the artistic journeys of the artists. This Kickstarter will fund the book's publication. 

Artist Thomas Nondh Jansen Photographing for Saudade
Artist Thomas Nondh Jansen Photographing for Saudade

As well as photos of the art pieces and the archival material that inspired them, the book will contain interviews with the artists about the sometimes intimate ways in which they came to know the people whose archival collections they studied.

Artist Janne van Gilst Documenting her Artistic Journey
Artist Janne van Gilst Documenting her Artistic Journey

Stretch Goals

Our €3750 goal will allow us to fund a printing run of 500 copies. More money means more books! We would love to print as many books as possible, both to share the wonderful art these artists have created and to help spread the word about the Expatriate Archive Centre.

Risks and challenges

The Saudade project itself encompasses the creation of the art, the initial exhibition of the suitcase and art in The Hague, and the suitcase tour. We have received other funding from local art foundation Mondriaan Fonds to cover some of these expenses, and are actively pursuing other funding avenues as well.

We have chosen a well-known art book designer/publisher in The Hague, Atelier Carvalho Bernau (http://carvalho-bernau.com/). Of course, the printer might have scheduling issues unrelated to this book that could delay the publication slightly. If that happens, we will be transparent about any changes.

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