Mechelen is a village with 2000 inhabitants and 36 associations. Practically everyone is member of at least on of the 36, most of even more then one. A small community where private and public are closely interwoven and social-status is measured upon communal involvement.
This work shows more than just rural village with an active associational live. It show us a history of what happend to our social and communal and cultural lives over the past decades. This is what the Netherlands outside off the cities was like during the past century.
From a Metropolitan point of view it might lack dynamics and existential freedom. To the protagonists it represents identity, comfort and safety.
This Paradox is fascinating to me. Especially when you realize that cities are rapidly transforming into metropolitan areas where the biggest challenge for local governments is to establish solidarity and togetherness.
By showing a community that hardly changes I try to look back in time to see what we should and should not forget to do in our modern lives.