Joost Conijn

Frans Hals Museum - Hal

Les très riches heures de Siddieqa, Firdaus, Abdallah, Soelayman, Moestafa, Hawwa et Dzoel-kifl. That could have been the title of Joost Conijn’s latest video, Siddieqa, Firdaus, Abdallah, Soelayman, Moestefa, Hawwa and Dzoel-kifl, 2004, named after seven children, aged three to fourteen, from a native Dutch family gone Muslim. Conijn—like the Limbourg brothers, who illustrated a book of hours for the Duc de Berry in the early fifteenth century—documents the course of a year of life. Living in a trailer park in a desolate industrial area on the outskirts of Amsterdam, the children partake in a cornucopia of activities that seem to be ordered according to the seasons: repairing bicycles, breaking ice, and chopping wood in the winter; shoplifting candies and washing go-carts in the spring; riding mopeds and lying in mud puddles in the summer; building forts, salvaging old bread, and exploring

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