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The Mecca of Calvin


With the live performance installation ‘The Mecca of Calvin’ Aziz Bekkaoui transformed the courtyard of Dordrecht into a contemporary pilgrimage domain. Aziz Bekkaoui positions Calvinism as a social movement in an evolution of religions, philosophies and lifestyles.

According to Aziz Bekkaoui, Calvinistic characteristics can be found in many forms in ancient times, centuries before the birth of Christ. Calvinism, with it’s values, such as sobriety, carefulness, self reflection and activity, is interrelated with Dutch identity. With ‘The Mecca of Calvin’, Aziz Bekkaoui wants to express the thought that these values are not only to be found in Calvinism or in Dutch culture, yet they can also be shared in other world views and other cultures.