State of Siege, a forty metre painted frieze, can now be admired in Building X at Tapijn in Maastricht.
In the summer of 2015 the Art and Heritage Committee of Maastricht University asks Vanessa Hodgekinson to design a mural for EdLab, a new centre for educational innovation housed in the X-Building at Tapijn.


Tapijn is a location with a rich military history, the barracks was successively used as a training ground for the 13th Regiment Infantry (1919-1940), a camp during the German Occupation (1940-1944), for training troops for Indonesia (1945-1950), and many others all the way through to NATO who left in 2010.


Vanessa Hodgekinson is born in 1982 in England. Her artist name is Navine G.Kahn Dossos.

Khan-Dossos studied History of Art at Cambridge University, Arabic at Kuwait University, Islamic Art at the Prince’s School of Traditional Art, and completed her MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art & Design. She lives and works in Athens. Khan-Dossos’s painting practice is based on a rigorous training in Islamic art and the history of Islamic Art. But instead of following the expected religious, cultural or academic frameworks of these modes, she has developed a form of geometric abstraction that merges the traditional aniconism of Islamic art with the algorithmic nature of the interconnected digital world we live in.


The making of State of Siege.

The forty metre gouache mural named Stage of Siege takes the building, its structure, its history and its context as a starting point. In particular, the case of General Dibbets, who tomb is also on the site, and the way in which the town’s people turned on his legacy of keeping the area part of the Netherlands after his death. They disapproved his deeds by urinating on his grave.

Also the wide use of the famous Polenceau beams throughout the complex takes her interest. This particular architectural design allows wide expanses to be created in interior spaces, using iron girders at minimal expense. The very particular shapes defined by Polenceau in the 19th century are characteristic of a change in the possibility of the scale of building schemes, using shallow pitched roofs.