Cynthia Boll

Disappearing Chinese restaurants in the Netherlands
6 Jan 2021
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Restaurant Golden River, is run by the Wong family. It’ s a typical traditional Chinese restaurant once seen in every village in the Netherlands. Already in the 1920‘s the first Chinese restaurants appeared in harbour cities like Rotterdam. After WW2, they become more popular due to the repatriation of Indonesian families who after the Indonesian indepence moved back to holland. Once the favourite family restaurant because of its big portion sizes and cheap prices, now these restaurants are disappearing fast and are taken over by all you can eat sushi places and stir fry restaurants.
Plastic waist cleanup
18 Nov 2019
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Interceptor 001 is the first system developed by The Ocean Cleanup to prevent plastic waste from entering the ocean. Stationed in Cengkareng drain, Jakarta, the system is environmentally friendly and 100% solar-powered, with onboard lithium-ion batteries that enable it to operate day and night without any noise or exhaust fumes. The system helps to extract plastic from rivers, and prevents the waste, which will be sorted, from going to the ocean. The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid the worldâs oceans of plastic. Founded in 2013 by Boyan Slat. The foundation is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Instead of going after plastic debris with vessels and nets â" which would take many thousands of years and billions of dollars to complete â" The Ocean Cleanup plans to deploy a fleet of long floating barriers that act like an artificial coastline, enabling the winds, waves, and currents to passively catch and concentrate the plastic. Once fully operational, the full fleet of passive collection systems is expected to remove 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch every five yearsâ time. After years of exploration expeditions, scale model testing and the deployment of prototypes in the North Sea, the first ocean clearance systems were deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 2018 and 2019. As soon as The Ocean Cleanup can start a large-scale clean-up, it is planned to harvest more than 12,000,000 kg of plastic in its first year of operation; enough to clean up half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch every 5 years. The Ocean Cleanup is working with partners to design processes to convert recovered ocean plastic into valuable raw materials and sustainable products.
Sinking Cities, Jakarta
24 Jan 2019
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Since 2015 Cynthia Boll regularly travels to Jakarta to record the consequences of subsidence in photographs, film and text. This city sinks at a rapid rate, up to 25 centimetres per year, and in twenty years' time it will be permanently flooded for a third. Cynthia has seen how her people, a female entrepreneur, a schoolgirl, a fisherman and a bicycle-tourist guide have now raised their house a metre; how their valuable possessions have been damaged by Banjir! (flooding). She has experienced what it is like to wade your armpits through polluted water, while the rats are swimming around you. How is life with this reality of floods and valleys of the bottom? That is what the series is about. Jakarta is not unique. Many cities are threatened by this unknown by the subsidence of the soil.
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