Prior to 1945 Indonesia was a colony of the Netherlands. Amsterdam, like many major cities in the Netherlands, still carries traces of its colonial past by bearing street names of Indonesian islands, cities and provinces. This part of the city is traditionally called the "Indische buurt", translated as the "Indies neighborhood". With the help of OpenStreetMap and OpenLayers, we have tried to bring these disparate but historically linked geographies together.
These layered maps were made to accompany Mappamundi, an exhibition at the Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon, Portugal (January 2011). It was shown next to two other objects, The Dress of Jeanne Terwen-de Loos, a garment sewn from silk RAF parachutists' maps in the wake of the second World War and The Dress of Here, There and Other Dislocations, an altered replica made by De Geuzen in 2002.
The Dress of Jeanne Terwen-de Loos is a part of the permanent collection of the Rijksmuseum and was on loan for the duration of the Mappamundi exhibition.