Who is Justine?
Justine Corrijn is a multidisciplinary designer with a passion for historical imagery, cartography and journalism. After studying graphic design, she studied Non Linear Narrative at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK).
In her work, situated on the border between design and journalism, she uses design as a critical tool to address contemporary social and geopolitical challenges. Justine questions the role and responsibilities of the contemporary designer by highlighting stories underrepresented by traditional Western media.
Justine has her say
A model is usually used to make a spatial design comprehensible. I use the model to better understand my own memories and view them in a new way. Personal photographs are the starting point of my spatial models, my memory models.
For this work, I ask myself how to rewrite and reinterpret my own history. And, more importantly, how these stories affect my identity.
How can we deal with the bits of ourselves that we have long suppressed and therefore seem lost? How can we rewrite and reinterpret our own stories? How do we process our own history?
What is homesickness?
For me, homesickness is the lack of a home, a place where you can just be yourself. So the link between migration and identity is easily made for me: finding your own identity means feeling at home and knowing where you are.
Identity and migration go hand in hand. The search for - and acceptance of - lost identity is universal. For example, migrating often means being forced to leave elements of yourself behind and looking for new puzzle pieces to fill the voids. In this, art can have both a connecting and healing function.