Carolijn Terwindt

Author & Activist

Carolijn Terwindt is an author and activist who currently lives in Berlin and Amsterdam. Her most recent book When Protest Becomes Crime: Politics and Law in Liberal Democracies was published by Pluto Press, 2020.

Carolijn decided to quit her job and embark on a creative journey through South Asia to be inspired by the movements, people and art in a region she visited frequently for her work as a human rights lawyer. She has worked in India for many years, with farmers who have suffered poisoning from pesticides manufactured by European companies.

She plays violin and enjoys bringing music in public spaces, jamming with people and exploring different music styles. In addition, she paints and experiments with poetry and other creative writing.

Residency Artwork (1)

Selection of Paintings: No Title — No Title — No Title — Regrets — Pedro's lonely morass (left to right)

At Wildbiyoo festival, Ilaria set up a simple experiment - the results of which will also inform part of her Master's thesis. Placing a blindfold on each visitor to her stall, she would feed them raw components of kichdi, a staple Indian dish she'd prepared earlier in the morning. Then, after they had gone through the entire set of ingredients, she let them try a spoonful of the complete dish. It was such a curious thing to crunch on the grains of rice and lentils in their raw form.

Residency Artwork (2)

Free Pass: Live Music in Goa [5 mins]
With Nirmika Athalye & Jayraj Patil

While foreign and Indian tourists visit Goa's beaches and night life, others clean the accumulating garbage and sell the fish that was caught in the sea. Due to its proximity to the ocean, Goa is highly prone to disasters caused by climate change.


While the lifestyle of most tourists is accelerating the climate crisis, fishermen and marginalised locals are particularly vulnerable to floods or changes in the biodiversity. This artistic project explores the radically different worlds of Goa that the tourists and those particularly vulnerable to the climate crisis inhabit. Our lives are so connected, but the connection is all too often invisible. How can contact be made and a conversation be initiated?


As can be experienced in any of the live jams characterising Goa's beaches, music is a universal practice that can create joy and community. But which communities are part of the live jams on the beach and which are not? The video traces an intervention that interrogates a highly unequal status quo. The results are sometimes awkward, sometimes heartwarming.