INSTALLATIONS


Crime Scene
MATERIALS
paper, slippers, chalk
DATE
June 2016
DIMENSIONS
1.5x1.5m


This work is an art installation with black slippers referring to the average 'Jan met de pet' of Curaçao. The slippers on the back have dates written on them, dates of the death of people who got sick from pollution. In a way it's a crime scene, but how much crime scene investigations has been really done? How much more years can the pollution freely continue? Each death caused by the pollution of ISLA, is one too much.


INSTALLATIONS


Map of Curaçao 2nd Edition
a floating ceramic installation
MATERIALS
aluminium, ceramic
DATE
May 2016
DIMENSIONS
4.5x 1.8meters


This is the second edition of Map of Curaçao and found it's way into public space. It's hanging in the public registry office in Curaçao the ideal place for it to be.


INSTALLATIONS


Map of Curaçao
a paper graffiti and sound installation
MATERIALS
adhesive paper, speakers, mp3player
DATE
February 2014
DIMENSIONS
2.7x3.2meters


MAP OF CURACAO is about how the country Curaçao is shaped by everyone who came to this rock to settle and start a life. Purely to survive, for economical reasons, for religious freedom of just for a better life. Family names since 1863 until 2014.

The ‘Map of Curaçao’ is a map consisting of two elements: surnames that came into existence on this island (the underlined names) plus surnames of people from this island who originally came from overseas.

Together they form the population of Curaçao. The names are placed at the locations where the name came into existence or where they started building their new lives.

I have used the names that still exist today. This map is not accurate and should not be seen as of any scientific historical value, but rather as an expression of how new identities have been brought about by freedom. Freedom – not only for the slaves, but also the freedom to live on this island without being persecuted, or the freedom to build a new life which came about because of economic opportunities. All these factors made the Curaçao we know today, and Curaçao still attracts many nationalities to build a life here. Looking at the mix of names tells us this island is of the free, an island of new beginnings.

Is your family name written on the island? What is the history of your surname? With your name comes your freedom and your new position in the world.


Thanks to Aubert Wiels, Elia Isenia, Jean Henriquez, Allan Chatlein (the voice-over of the names) the public library, the national archives and the Mongui Maduro Library.