|P r o j e c t s u m m
a r y
Siegfried Janzing, Director of the Hollands Midden Regional Archives:
e-mail email@example.com, tel.
+31 (0)182-521821; Ali Chouli, Moroccan Platform of Gouda: tel.
+31 (0)182-536041; Cor Snijders, Municipal Authority of Gouda:
The Moroccan Platform of Gouda was a joint initiator of the project.
The Platform was entrusted with recruiting and selecting the interviewees
and creating a broad support base. Artist Eddy Seesing was a joint
initiator and organiser of the project.
Additional funding was obtained by incorporating the project into
the Kleurrijke wijken ('Colourful Neighbourhoods') project,
for which the Municipal Authority of Gouda submitted an application
to the Provincial Authorities.
||Video / film Eddy Seesing's video art played a
central role in the project.
Types of heritage: documentary, the recording of the target group's
history of migration.
||An exhibition of sea containers that formed a path through
the city, alluding to the history of migration of Moroccan immigrants
in the Netherlands. Every container featured video portraits of a
particular generation of Moroccan inhabitants of Gouda. Many symbolic
references were used in the medium itself (the visual background was
different for each generation) and in the overall project.
|| Aims / objectives
The aim of the project was to document the cultural heritage of Dutch
citizens of Moroccan descent, since an account of this population
group's history was completely lacking at the Regional Archives
[Streekarchief]. The project represents a first step towards
'unlocking the history of Moroccan immigrants in the Dutch town
of Gouda for current and future generations by means of a documented
and illustrated 'memory', housed in the region's
various archives'. A secondary objective was to narrow the psychological
gap between the archives and Goudas Moroccan inhabitants. Another
secondary objective was to counter the negative publicity received
by the Moroccan community in the town.
|| Who it was for
Inhabitants of Gouda with Moroccan roots, born either in Morocco or
in the Netherlands. Inhabitants of Gouda, pupils enrolled in their
last two years of primary school or in their first year of secondary
education, and students of Dutch as a second language.
|| What learning was involved
Social, psychological and spatial.
|| Which methodologies used (if applicable)
The approach used mainly involved narrative; videotaped accounts were
seen and heard. In view of the project design, a somewhat experimental
approach was also adopted.
||Where it was
At three different locations in Gouda: the Nour Mosque (de Raam),
the city centre and the Regional Archives.
||When it was
From 24 May 2003 to 21 June 2003
||Planning / preliminary work
The initial ideas were developed separately by the artist and the
Archives Department. The Municipal Authority of Gouda took the first
step by approaching Meander, a regional institute for intercultural
development, as it sought contact with self-help organisations. Brainstorming
sessions brought the various parties together.
||Any follow-up / longer-term contact with the target
Boughaz is part of Eddy Seesing'' s Digital Identities art project.
The Boughaz Foundation, which continues to document the Moroccan history
of Gouda through various projects, was also established.
||Involvement of other partner organisation
The Moroccan Platform [Het Marokkaans Platform] played an
important role by approaching inhabitants of Gouda of Moroccan descent.
During this process, the target group became increasingly involved,
all the more so because they were the subjects of the interviews.
The Moroccan participants themselves decided which topics would be
discussed during the video interviews. Additionally, they, along with
a number of representatives, were involved in the project from its
||Key words to reflect the concept of the project
'It takes time to get to know each other. That time has to be
Type of project
Hearing and seeing were combined in an unconventional way through
videotaped interviews and projections in the background. Visitors
were also physically active, walking to the various locations. www.boughaz.nl
Roughly how many people were involved?
As direct participants
The handout was downloaded 2,500 times in a single month.
Former native-Dutch workers from the city of Groningen and the province
of Drenthe and post-war migrant workers from Turkey, Italy, Spain,
Morocco and the Molucca Islands, as well as former managers, members
of the Management Board and union representatives from the canning
factory, and members of the public.
due to social or economic factors, discrimination or disability
|| Economic disadvantage
The project participants were mainly from working-class backgrounds.
|| Social disadvantage
The disadvantage generally suffered by inhabitants of Gouda of Moroccan
descent was one of the main reasons for countering the negative image.
||Belonging to an ethnic minority
All participants were first- or second-generation Moroccan immigrants
or had been born to Moroccan parents in the Netherlands.
|| Migration / Immigration issues
The target-group participants were all of Moroccan descent.
|| Learning difficulties
Illiteracy among first-generation Moroccans was one of the reasons
that the project was developed and that the medium of video was chosen.
In-depth consultations were held with the Moroccan Platform
of Gouda from the beginning of the project onward. In the initial
stages, it became clear that, in the event of a possible collaboration,
there could be no political conflict of interest. The participants'
need to learn corresponded to the main objective of the project, i.e.
preserving the immigrants accounts. It should be borne in mind
that the target group of participants was represented by only three
men from the Moroccan Platform and that the Platform did not represent
the entire Moroccan community of Gouda.
and lessons learned
|| Evaluation process:
The project was evaluated. An information booklet about the project
containing tips and descriptions is available from the Hollands Midden
(e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel. +31
||Overall learning points:
||Collaboration between organisations: The
Regional Archives and the Moroccan Platform will continue to collaborate
by establishing a foundation with a name connected to Boughaz. The
Municipal Authority also wishes to intensify its collaboration with
the Platform in the future.
|| The project was developed in accordance
with a non-hierarchical and dynamic process, which allowed for many
opinions and a high degree of chaos. Making, and consistently upholding,
clear agreements on contact points and the division of duties proved
vital. Furthermore, the involvement of many parties also entailed
a great deal of consultation. An external project manager could have
reduced much of the clamour, although this would also have diminished
the level of mutual cooperation. Consequently, it was deemed best
not to appoint an external project manager. Additionally, it was essential
to have a highly mixed steering and production group. This took up
more time (of which there was often a shortage), making it more difficult
to ensure that all parties were duly represented.
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