Petra Noordkamp: Better Not Move / Beweeg maar niet
Petra Noordkamp, Edwin van Gelder
Architectura & Natura, 2023
In ‘Better not Move’, Petra Noordkamp explores a recurring theme in her work – the influence of dreams, experiences, and memories on the perception of architecture in the public space – on a very personal level. The photographs were made during a residency in Japan, soon after the death of her beloved. Images of stones, walls, moss, tree roots, tea rooms, and architectural spaces are interspersed with memories of her partner in the form of pictures of his things: his dress shirt, a comb, a porcelain dish. The work touches on anguish, grief, emptiness, and spatial experience, but also on how objects and buildings provide support during a period of mourning.