Exploring the past and present of the Oude Kerk

In times gone by the Oude Kerk was one of the few public, covered places where sails and nets could be mended, and a place where naval heroes were buried. The barrel vaulting was also fabricated like the inverted hull of a ship using shipbuilding techniques. With this exhibition, Sarah van Sonsbeeck invites the sea into the church once more, in order to prompt visitors to reflect on the monumental building’s earlier significance, as well as its current meaning of protection and shelter in an era when refugees endure horrific sea crossings.