Communities are often built on common characteristics. Looking for safety in the known.
Often these characteristics are something that people have no control over such as language, background, and ethnicity. However, this search for the common simultaneously creates ‘the other’ and becomes automatically excluding.
What happens when this excluding factor is taken to the extreme? When a community starts to see their similar element as superior? This could lead to exclusion and more extreme measures against those who do not comply. In a society of growing fear, being an open and hospital community is becoming a threat, a possible danger. But why is this necessary?
Marth wants to question this need for the known in communities and through this create the opportunity for truly open communities and therefore belonging. Can we find a different kind of community? One based on our differences. A community as a constant search for always changing identity. In a truly open community, through diversity, safety can be found in the unknown.
Jan De Kinder, Marit Stocker, Stefan Perceval en HETGEVOLG