Tessa-Norah Feenstra - Freelance Creative Concepter

NiceToMeetYou
2016
Graphic design, research, video editing

Since 2016, refugees came mostly from Syria to the western European countries. Some of them came by train, plane, but the majority of them tried to reach Western European countries by boat. The boats and the people came ashore at the beaches. The loaded beaches in Greece, Italy, and Spain during the hot summer days are the places where refugees and tourists who lay on the beach meet. 

News photographers took lots of pictures of this strange moment of connecting and the popped up in daily news shows and in newspapers like De Volkskrant, The New York Times, and The Guardian.

Touristen uitgeknipt
Toursits cut out
Nice-To-Meet-You-TessaNorah-Feenstra-tourists-3

This meeting point – refugees and tourists meeting in picture frames – is the place is where I focused on this project. Three smaller projects making the project complete. Every part of the project points out one aspect of the meeting points. The blankets do this in a visual way. They show the similarities between the tourists and the refugees. The newspaper is a visual conversation between the images, and the video shows the outcome of the visual research by focusing on parts of every used picture. 

The Blankets
You might not think it, tourists and refugees have something in common; both groups are traveling, they both are at the beach, they both need a boat to come somewhere else, and they both want to escape reality.
But for a completely different reason. 
 
The patterns on the blankets make that clear. When you look at them from a distance, the blankets look beautiful and more like Middle Eastern rugs. But when you take a closer look, you get more details and the message the images give. 

The Blankets
You might not think it, tourists and refugees do have something in common; both groups are both traveling, they both are at the beach, they both need a boat to come somewhere else, and they both want to escape reality.

But for a completely different reason. 
There is not a bigger wig to imagine between the two groups. 

Nice To Meet You Towel
Nice To Meet You - towel

The Newspaper
Regularly in newspapers, texts tell the story, and pictures and drawings are there to support it or to fill up empty spaces. In this paper, images are the main characters. The only text is subtitles that tell where the picture has been made, who did it, and which medium published it. 

In this visual conversation between the images, pictures give you the opportunity to give them a closer look. The way they are folded makes you curious and aware of what they actually show.

The Video
Each frame in the video is one picture used throughout the whole project. The images zoom in at two different points in the image. One frames the tourist, the other frames the refugee. By showing images like this, you can get a glimpse of the mediation of the images.  By cropping an image, the meaning and the message of an image change. 

TESSANORAH FEENSTRA
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+31 (0)6 278 29 685
INFO@TESSANORAH.COM

©TESSANORAH, 2020

TESSANORAH FEENSTRA
+31 (0)6 278 29 685
email: INFO@TESSANORAH.COM

©TESSANORAH, 2020

TESSANORAH FEENSTRA
+31 (0)6 278 29 685
email: INFO@TESSANORAH.COM

©TESSANORAH, 2020

TESSANORAH FEENSTRA
+31 (0)6 278 29 685
email: INFO@TESSANORAH.COM

©TESSANORAH, 2020