About the Visual Map / “Archive”
The below selected works, which to me are a Visual Map / “Archive,” are from the different ongoing Chapters. I broke down the Research and Production process into “Chapters,” because of the scale of the project. And so, the below presented works are either part of installations and or belong to a body of works developing and unfolding as I read more books. The presentation of the chapters is not done in the traditional sense of exhibition making, meaning – produce, exhibit, sell, the end and repeat……but rather is an ongoing process of dialogues, sharing, learning and unlearning.
Founding Fathers of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade from the Chapter – the Portuguese connection.
“A truly “Dutch” Creation” from the Chapter – The Citizen as Investor and Stakeholder
Founding fathers of genocide from the Chapter – the Spanish connection
Common Wealth from the Chapter – the British connection
Warning! Over Consumption of God is Toxic, from the Chapter – Traditions that Matter
Moulding the world in our image from the Chapter – Westernisation
Echos of British Rhodesia from the Chapter – Of Colonialists, Businessman, Thugs and Politicians
Installation – Echos of Ota Benga form the Chapter – The Hidden History of Scientific Racism
Installation – The Primitive State of Ernest Noirot – from the Chapter – The artist as accomplice
Congo Ruanda-Urundi from the Chapter – the Belgium connection
Installation – Dutch Glory from the Chapter – Reflections on Empire and the Dutch Golden Age
Foundations of Civilisation from the Chapter – Trade
Cash Cows from the Chapter – Commodification of “Black” Bodies
Fountain of Youth from the Chapter – The Dutch connection
We all need to eat from the Chapter: 21st century Cash Cows
Installation – Weapon of Choice from the Chapter: The citizen as consumer, facilitator and enabler of the reproduction of violence
Installation – Echos of Herero and Namaqua ancestors from the Chapter – The German Connection
Insatiable – from the Chapter – Colonial Complicity, Luxembourgers and the Belgian Congo
The VOC and WIC Chartered Companies – from the Chapter – Historical tiles
Installation – The international Arm of the Dutch Republic from the Chapter – 17th Century Institutional innovations
The benefactors – from the Chapter – Of little Black dots in our history – reflections on “White” Women as Pillars of Imperial Capitalist Violence
Installation – Of “Explorers” and “Discoverers” of inhabited lands – from the Chapter – Legacies of Empire, reflections on the violent, murderous colonialist James Cook.
The idea of Justice – from the Chapter – the French East India Company
The State of America – from the Chapter – Of Unstable Foundations and Missing Cornerstones – Rethinking the Design of the Murderous Settler Colonialists
The study – from the Chapter -Of curiosity and the invention of the savage
Heren XVII | VOC – Kamer Amsterdam – Rethinking Coen’s Vision Part 1 – reflections on the fruits of Dutch blood, sweat, toil and tears and the VOC blueprint, which was founded on dispossession, extinction policies and state sponsored genocide.
Installation – Of Explorers, Spanish Conquistadors and Plunder, from the Chapter – Reflections on the fall of the Aztecs and a Culture of Celebrating Criminals
The VOC – from the Chapter – Reflections on The Triangular Trade
Untold Stories – from the Chapter – Hidden Histories and Builders of Empire Part 1
Mirror image from the Chapter – Woman to Woman
Installation – The measure of a man – from the Chapter – Reflections on White Suprematist Capitalist Patriarchy
Shark island – from the Chapter – Reflections on the Reproduction of Violence, Concentration Camps and Genocide
In the Name of God from the Chapter – Christianity and Colonialism
Inter caetera – from the Chapter – Rethinking Cartography, Papal bulls and the possession and occupation of first peoples’s lands transformed into lawful sovereignty for Spain
Installation- Women of discriminating taste – from the Chapter – Reflections on White Privilege
Of Subjects/Objects, and Viewers, Colonising Black Female Bodies in the Chapter – “Tools of the Empire”reflections on representation and power in the production, re-production, and maintenance of European colonial forms of knowledge.
The elephant in the room – from the Chapter – Breaking the silence
A culture thing – from the Chapter – World Exhibitions
Suriname – from the Chapter – Rethinking the gaze of Maria Sibylla Merian/ Artist, Scientist, Adventurer
The Golden Archive – is an ongoing and growing collection of books, papers/writings, images, stories, interviews, videos, mapping and so much more. The “Archive” which is part of rethinking the Archive, includes contributions from cultural institutions, journalists, historians, writers as well as donated content by individuals interested in or sharing the same view about the importance of understanding our world. The Archive or rather the re-imagining of the archive beyond its current function as a regime of violence, is an important part of my process in writing myself and the previously omitted world cultures and peoples into history.