In der Freihand (2015)

Book & installation

Tent Rotterdam 1.5.2015 - 5.7.2015

Copyright photography: Jan Adriaans

Book:Return to Rightful Owner, Onomatopee 116

Book presentation May 16 2015 in conversation with Steven ten Thije

17.05.2015 - 15:00U
Book Launch Eva Olthof: Return to Rightful Owner

Eva Olthof’s book takes as it’s starting point the American Memorial Library in Berlin (Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek), which opened in 1954, and two books, which were returned after 50 years, accompanied by a handwritten personal letter. The library was a gift from the American people to the population of West Berlin after enduring the Berlin Blockade, promoting the “illimitable freedom of the human mind”, as it reads in a quote on the library’s wall from US President Thomas Jefferson.

The book brings together the charged political history of this library, and the recent events connected to the revelations of NSA files by Edward Snowden.