By Lieneke Hulshof

Elejan van der Velde is interested in both the physical and the mental aspects of space. He studies memories of locations and objects, including his mother's room. She suffered for twenty years from Multiple Sclerosis. His mother mainly lay in bed during the last few years of her life, and her locomotor and physical functions were so impaired that she needed help with even the smallest things, from scratching her head to smoking a cigarette. She was increasingly forced to give up her autonomy over her own body. After her death, Van der Velde realised that she had spent years looking at the window ledge with its cream-coloured vertical binds: simple objects that we barely register, but which were so defining for her perspective.