A special photo exhibition about the 11fountains across Friesland, an ambitious art project which came to life during the Leeuwarden-Friesland Capital of Culture year in 2018, will open to the public this weekend.
By Hans de Preter
The opening of the “Meet the Fountains” exhibition will be held in Beetsterzwaag on 21 June, and then the exhibition will travel to a number of other cities in the province, namely Jelsum, Lemmer, Tytsjerk, Drachten and Heerenveen, among others.
Meet the Fountains
The traveling exhibition is the brainchild of Heleen Haijtema and Tryntsje Nauta and features work by various photographers, from Fryslân and beyond. Haijtema and Nauta contributed to the photography for Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 and were part of the bid book that convinced the international jury to award the title to the Frisian capital and province.
Erik and Petra Hesmerg, an internationally renowned pair of photographers, depicted all of the 11fountains (except for Dokkum, which only opened in January). The local art works are located along the route of the Elfstedentocht. Jacob van Essen is responsible for the image from Dokkum, a renowned local photographer and member of Fotobureau Hoge Noorden.
The photographers sought to capture the stories behind the fountains and reveal what the fountains say about their respective cities: the history, the people, the atmosphere and the times in which we live.
After the opening on Friday evening, the exhibition in Beetsterzwaag can be seen on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm at Revalidatie Friesland on Hoofdstraat 3. Subsequent locations will be announced at a later date.