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Project Deuce, 2018

 

Trailer project: Deuce, 2018, duration: 4:21 min.

Project Space Cargo in Context, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 

Many thanks to: Cargo in Context, Amsterdam, NL and The Mondriaan fonds.

Documentation project: Deuce, 2018.

Project Space Cargo in Context, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 

In this project I worked with the underlying complexity that a bi-cultural background can bring with it. As a starting point I chose two factors that can influence an identity: national commemorative rituals that influence the group identity and the personal identity that is formed by direct personal experiences.

The title Deuce refers to a temporal equality of a group and an individual identity. For me it are factors that are constantly in motion. The title Deuce suggests that it is possible to place these factors against each other, just like in the tennis game, to put them on equal terms so as to freeze the time and to be able to see what they are.

 

I developed three parts in the installation, a mural, 6 dioramas and 4 enlarged masks.

 

 

6 dioramas

My fascination for dioramas is inspired by their irony. During the colonial period, showcases were developed to give the homeland a realistic view of the colonies. I took over this irony and I made 6 dioramas in which I appointed the discrepancy between collective and personal memories. On the back wall of the dioramas, there are loose painted scenes of national commemorations, an example: the yearly wreath-laying during general commemoration on Dam Square, Amsterdam, NL. On glass plates on the inside of the dioramas are loose associative images painted from more personal worlds for example: objects for ancestor worships, catholic symbols, national historical buildings and also traditional animistic architecture. These are symbols from different cultures which people with a bi-cultural background can carry with them and which are in the process of giving them a natural place in relation to each other. The dioramas are shrouded inside and outside in ashes.

 

Material: Poplar plywood, ash, glass, sandblasted glass.

 

 

4 Masks, a sculptural animation.

I developed a series of 4 sculptures, based on a photograph of an Indonesian-Dutch woman. I transformed a minuscule image from a functional to a ritual form. I changed the portrait in terms of physiognomy in four 'steps' in a face that becomes increasingly abstract. The last portrait refers to an animist tradition in Indonesia. In this way I demonstrate the sculpture as a symbol for the process of returning to her ancestors.

 

Material: Melt plastic, Ibob paper, paint.

 

 

Mural

The mural contained an art-historical element in the installation. It is a freely interpreted reproduction of a monumental mural, made in 1901 by the Symbolist painter Thorn Prikker (1868-1932) for a city-residence in Scheveningen (near The Hague, NL) the house was designed by Belgian art Deco architect Henry van de Velde. For this mural, Thorn Prikker was inspired by Indonesian fairy tales. He used geometric patterns in which he inserted the portraits of the residents of the house. I was not only struck by the beauty of this work, but also by the societal impact of the symbolist movement. This arose as a reaction to the progression in those days. In their work, members of the Symbolist movement emphasised the non-sensory perception world and irrational experiences.

 

With this mural and the enlarged faces, the projectspace Cargo in Context itself became the seventh diorama.

 

Material: Ash, pencil, gouage, acrylic paint.

 

 

Performance Artist in residence. Het Pompgemaal, Den Helder, NL, 2018.

 

 

Documentation performance: All the images we have #2, duration 5:22 min.

Artist in residence Het Pompgemaal, Den Helder, NL, 2018.

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