Arianne Olthaar & Marjolijn van der Meij – Souvenir uit Afrika (Netherlands 2002, 7:18 mins.)

The lonely life of an African immigrant who is locked up in big apartment building. Based on a text by Dutch writer W. F. Hermans. A sad and comic comment on the Dutch bourgeois moral (with a German accent!).


Arianne Olthaar (1970) studied at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague and currently lives and work in The Hague. Her work, which consists of miniature models, photographs and experimental films, has a strong focus on the once-luxurious and -modern interiors in public spaces built in the 1970s and 80s (primate enclosures, dining cars, hotel nightclubs, discotheques, etc.).For a number of her projects Olthaar traveled to Eastern and Southeastern Europe and was staying as an artist in residence in Dresden, Riga and Warsaw.

Marjolijn van der Meij (1970) graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and from the Akademia Sztuk Pieknych in Krakow, Poland. Marjolijn van der Meij’s recent work focuses on the relationship between human and its environment. Using old photographs as a starting point, she reveals the underlying currents of social structures and group behavior.

Olthaar and Van der Meij have worked together on several films and become known for their enigmatic and often hilarious work.