METRO 010, 2022
Commissioned by Stichting Ken je Stad, Maak je Stad
Published by Nai010
Concept by Ellen Schindler
Text by Abdelkader Benali
Graphic design and typography by Roosje Klap
Hardcover with print on cut, two reading ribbons
METRO 010 is a graphic novel about the major historical events that shaped the city of Rotterdam and shows ways to imagine its future, too. The story begins in a distant past, when Rotterdam was no more than a village of fishermen. It ends in 2050 - the future of the city. A city that was not created at one moment, by one person, but made over the centuries, by many.
In this richly illustrated visual story, author Abdelkader Benali follows the development of the city, from the first dam in the River Rotte, via Rotterdam as a water city and, later, a port city, to the horrendous bombing in WOII and subsequent rebuilding.
Illustrated by 19 illustrators, 4 poets, 2 photographers: Boy Akkerman, Marvin Bruin, Dodici, Loes van Duijvendijk, Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva, Stang Gubbels, Vienne Lisa Haagoort, Edwin Hagendoorn, Mariana Hirschfeld, Han van der Horst. Benzokarim, Saskia de Klerk, Hanco Kolk, Vera de Koning, Esther Malaparte, Moze Naél, Nadia Pepels, Michelle Provoost, Egon de Regt, Sterre Richard, Sai Rodrigues, Simone Rots, Marcel Ruijters, Martijn van Santen, Rachel Sender, Gwen Stok, Elizar Veerman.