The Tulip
Digital revolution, merging cultures, globalization.
Expressions often heard at home and abroad. The emerging situation affects the nation as a whole and personal identities alike. The project reflects on these changes. In the fall of 2004, I surprised Marieke De Roos, an exchange student at our university with a bunch of tulips and a roll of film. I asked her to document her journey home by taking pictures of the flowers at different airports and other places important to her. By then, Hungary had already become an importer of tulips from the Netherlands. This flower is one of the most important motifs in Hungarian folk art and an important national symbol of Holland as well. While Marieke symbolically regained her national identity, not having taken the photographs myself, I lost mine.