Photo Maarten Laupman

Doors on the ceiling • HET PLAFOND (THE CEILING), Rotterdam (NL) • 2020

According to the owners, Guus Vreeburg and Willem Besselink, HET PLAFOND (THE CEILING) is a transition space. A space between the inside and the outside, between upstairs and downstairs, between private and public.

Thanks to their stories about HET PLAFOND and my own preference for swapping and reversing, I became mildly obsessed with this space. I ended up creating 6 doors for this space: 3 on the window, 3 on the ceiling.

A door is a magical object between 2 spaces, or between 2 appearances (you on one side of the door, and you on the other side). You adapt to a different atmosphere, a different size, to the function of a space, to the people that are present (or not), to whether something is expected of you. Anything can happen to you when you go through a door. You can feel bigger or smaller. You can suddenly stand out, become invisible, or enter an upside-down world.

Deuren op het plafond can be seen 24/7 from the sidewalk of the Gedempte Zalmhaven until March 22 2020. On request a visit to the inside of the space is possible, contact the artist at

Guus Vreeburg, art historian, wrote a text about this presentation. You can read it here in dutch.
Use this link to visit the website of projectspace HET PLAFOND

Photo Maarten Laupman
Photo Maarten Laupman