Bloed en Honing
Nicole Segers & Irene van der Linde
About the project
“Blood and Honey is an innovative and unique combination of literary non-fiction and documentary photography”
In Blood and Honey (Bloed en honing), Van der Linde and Segers travel over quiet roads, arid plateaus, through desolate villages and dark rock gorges. They visit cities with magical names like Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Skopje, Ohrid and Tirana. They show the world of ordinary people with an extraordinary history. People who dream, fight, fear, struggle with their fate. As in a polyphonic choir they tell about their lives.
Blood and Honey is an innovative and unique combination of literary non-fiction and documentary photography.
Blood and honey is about unity and separation. About the sobering reality of nationalism put into practice. About hope and disappointment, passion and lethargy. About daily worries and geopolitical forces. About the role of the past in the present. About the fragmentation of a region, a danger that also threatens societies elsewhere in Europe.
Don’t think that it won’t happen, that there can’t be war. The world in which you live, which you take for granted, can be over in one fell swoop. Nobody believed it, nor did we, but it happened anyway,’ says historian Jesenko Galijašević at his home in Sarajevo.
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Irene van der Linde
Their main focus is the influence of the new European borders on people’s lives. They published Het einde van Europa (The End of Europe, 2004) – the French translation was nominated for the Prix du Livre Européen – and Het veer van Istanbul (The Istanbul Ferry, 2010). Blood and Honey is the final part of this trilogy about the Balkans. It was voted best text/photo book 2021 at the Dutch Photo Book Prize.
Nicole Seger and Irene van der Linde’s’ story on the Borders of Europe is told in a trilogy of books made over a period of fifteen years.
Photographer Nicole Segers and writer Irene van der Linde published the third and final part of their trilogy on identity and borders in Europe.
Dutch daily De Volkskrant included Blood and Honey in their annual list of best photography books of 2020
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type of support: Finance & Produciton grant