Opening: Wednesday 2 November, 17.30 hrs
Location: Atrium Stadhuis Den Haag, Spui 70, The Hague
Open: Monday to Friday 7-19 hrs, Thursday 7-21.30 hrs and Saturday 9.30-17 hrs (a Stroom host or hostess is present between 10 and 17 hrs)
Almost everyday, in newspapers, on television and social media, images of victims of (war) violence and natural disasters meet our eye. Usually these deaths seem far removed from our daily routine. Just like our own death. Secretly we are afraid to talk about it and certainly not in public.
The exhibition I die, therefore I am is an open invitation to reflect on one's own death, to talk about it with other people and help each other to get more out of life. City Hall is the perfect location for such a topic: it is the place we all visit to report a birth or to register a death.
I will die
People from all over the world, young, old, rich and poor, look you straight in the eye and say in their native language: I will die. According to the Chinese artist Yang Zhenzhong nobody wants to die. He was curious which facial expression people would have when pronouncing this sentence in front of a camera. And what their expression would be after they had said it. All these people make you aware of your own mortality. What's more: in death we are all equal.