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Bloed en Honing

Nicole Segers & Irene van der Linde

Bloed en honing Nicole-Segers Irene van der Linde

About the project

Writer and historian Irene van der Linde and documentary photographer Nicole Segers travel in the footsteps of the British writer Rebecca West through former Yugoslavia and Albania. With West’s magnum opus Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1942) in their hands, they go in search of the meaning of the new borders in the Balkans.

“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.

More about the project

Marc Prüst's doctoral research at the University of Groningen focuses on the transition within the entire visual economic industry, aiming to clarify how economic value relates to social value. Developing this understanding requires a historical perspective on the economic infrastructure of non-fiction photography, the current state of this media economy, and the role and position of both professional photographers working in various fields and institutions such as galleries, museums, publishers, agencies, funds, interest groups, etc.

The results of this research will be practically translated into an annual publication, public events, and potentially webinars. Forhanna focuses on a small part of the whole, autonomous narrative photography, but deems it necessary to support Prüst in his research that benefits the entire sector. It aligns with Forhanna's mission to recognize the importance of this project, as it can provide essential insights to creators and involved parties about the structure of the photographic industry, how to act professionally within it, and gain new perspectives on possible future developments.


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About the photographer

Nicole Segers

Irene van der Linde Bloed en Honing

Irene van der Linde

Writer and historian Irene van der Linde (1963) and documentary photographer Nicole Segers (1960) have been working together for some twenty years. Their work has been published in renowned weekly newspapers in The Netherlands and Belgium. It has been shown in De Kunsthal in Rotterdam, at festivals in The Netherlands, France and Poland and in a collaborative project with Rem Koolhaas in Brussels.

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.

Project updates

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Nicole Segers in Nijmegen

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.

Oct 1, 2021

What Forhanna did

type of support: Finance & Produciton grant

Segers and Van der Linde received a Forhanna project grant to support the production of the third installment of their trilogy on the Borders of Europe. The book Blood and Honey is a unique combination of written and visual narrative journalism: two mediums combined to create one overriding narrative.
The grant allowed them to work with visual story editor Marc Prüst to develop this concept and create the successful merge of the two mediums.