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- Rotterdam used to be a free city

- The day the freethinkers and artists are gone, that day we can all start praying, says Chris Ripken.


Chris Ripken's studio is just a stone's throw from the Islamic University of Rotterdam. It is located next to the local mosque, in a neighborhood where 70 percent of residents are immigrants. It is a Turkish area. Chris Ripken has lived here all his life, for fifty consecutive years.

The studio is in Insulindestraat 248, where the local artist works behind a locked door on such a beautiful late summer day as this one.

It was Chris Ripken who wrote the famous words "Gÿ zult niet doden" on the exhibition wall outside the studio. And who was told by the police and the city authorities to wash it away. It sent. . .

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