In 1992, the Maastricht treaty was signed, effectively creating the European Union. Since then, cities like Strasbourg and Brussels have become the EU’s political and cultural centre. The front cover of this project symbolises Maastricht’s break with its European identity. The ripped up pieces of tissue represent the components of the identity, despite being plentiful and rich, they have broken down into small, disconnected pieces over the years and no longer form a complete image.
The project explores why Maastricht has detached itself from its European heritage, and whether it should be given recognition by the EU as a European city, such as Brussels or Strasbourg. The project looks into Maastricht’s political history, linguistic development, architecture, geographical location, and cultural and culinary traditions.