I moved to Bologna in September. I wanted to be closer to my mother and had the desire to work in Italy for a while. I got a job as a art history teacher in a high school and I put all my belongings in eight boxes and two suitcases, and left. Bologna is the capital of the region where i’m from: Emilia Romagna. This region is well know for its agriculture in the Po river plains, Parmaham, Parmezan cheese and of course the pasta Bolognese. A bit further to the south the Apennins flash at the horizon. Bologna is a very old city and many buildings are from the middel ages and the renaissance. The university of Bologna was built in 1088 and is the oldest university in the world. The original wooden lecture hall is beautifully preserved. For my new series I visit the churches of bologna a lot, but very often, nowadays, the doors are shut.
Now that I teach art history in my mother tongue I perceive it differently, with a fresh new look, you might say. I love to cycle through the labyrinth which is the inner city of Bologna, always with one eye focussed on cars and busses as they comment traffic in Italy and not the bikes like I have grown accustomed to in the Netherlands.