Intimate systems

by Jorik Amit Galama

Research & project

At the heart of their research is the search for making the vulnerability of the body experiential, seeing this as a vital source of connection under constant threat by our digitized world. They thereby aim to foreground stories concerning the transformation of cycles of harm, such as ecological destruction, family trauma and discrimination, and seeing how all of these are intertwined. Thereby primarily following their own lines of identification and emotional proximities as the source for working with participants. After a period of extensive interviews, an effort is made to collaboratively reevaluate stories, which are sometimes smoothed out through their repetitive retelling, in order to access different emotional layers. This varies wildly for every project but can include drama game exercises as well as alternative healing practices. One of their current projects, The Second Lily, focusses on the socio-ecological tensions deriving from industrial lily farming, in the rural community where they are from. By talking with locals who are affected and/or affecting, as well as following the many side stories relating to the lilly supply chains and the history of the area and landscape, points of resistance and possibilities for transformation are mapped.

queer ecology, mosaic stories, embodiement, self-healing, intimacy
Jorik Amit Galama

Jorik Amit Galama

Master of Film

Jorik Amit Galama moves between fine art, literature, and cinema. After studying philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and graduating from the Image and Language department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, they got selected for the Slow Writing Lab by the Dutch Foundation for Literature in 2018. Their fiction stories and texts on art have been published in Metropolis M, Tirade, De Revisor, ZINK, Kluger Hans, Tubelight, De Internet Gids, EYE Filmmuseum Exposed, and various artists' publications. Recurring themes in their work are embodiment, self-healing, and intimacy, viewed through the lens of queer ecology.


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