Staged as artistic research during Nemer’s doctoral study at the Edinburgh Collage of Art, The World Will Always Welcome Lovers is a narrated audio tour of the private library of Amsterdam scholars Gert Hekma and Mattias Duyves. The tour leads listeners through the history and contents of the couple’s library, pointing out ideas, objects, and histories that emerge from their collection and home, emphasising touch and feelings of arousal.
The tour was offered to fifty visitors over three days, as part of the Perils and Pleasures symposium, which honoured Hekma’s retirement from the University of Amsterdam in June 2017. Organised in collaboration with curatorial project MILK Amsterdam, visitors accessed Hekma and Duyves's home to experience the audio tour one at a time.
The project was launched with an event at Huis de Pinto, where Nemer discussed his research with activist and sociologist Koenraad Vermey. Nemer also performed a book-wrapping action, writing the titles of books from Hekma and Duyves's collection onto specially designed screen-printed paper.
Books from the Huis de Pinto library were then wrapped with this paper, migrating titles from one library into another.
The World Will Always Welcome Lovers served as preliminary artistic research for I Don’t Know Where Paradise Is, the final audio guide Nemer produced as part of his PhD.