Februari 2021

Songs of Colonial Labour 2020-21

In the framework of Sonsbeek 20-24 Sonsbeek 2020>2024, “Force Times Distance On Labour and its Sonic Ecologies”, I got invited by curator Aude Christel Mgba to be part of their educational and public program and organize workshops for adults about unconscious values of labour.

In june 2021 I will contribute to their bulletin of the editorial room 'Poetry and Prophecy' curated by Aude Christel Mgba too. In the periode between march - juni I will give workshops.

By this artistic project ‘Songs of Colonial Labour” I am focusing on European children’s songs and the labour values that are propagated by these songs, hidden between the lines of their lyrics–values that communicate gendered, classist and/or racist notions of labour on the one hand, or that resist or empower on the other. How can we commonly start to uncover these values hidden within well-known lyrics, to critically examine and understand their entangled value systems; strengthening values aimed to empower, whilst overcoming values that aim to oppress?

I am planning to make a series of stop motion films with silhouettes/cut-out figures and audio experiments..The first film I am currently working on focuses on the song “Daar was eens een meisje loos”, a well-known Dutch folk song first mentioned in 1775 focuses on gender inequality when it comes to women and work.

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Dances of Death - Songs of Labour

During the Corona crisis I became more and aware of the way art helps to overcome fear of threat and death. The Medieval tradition of Dance Macabre or Totentanz came to my mind again. This tradition of depicting skeletons inviting people for a deathly dance fitted into my research about labour relationsships and therefore has visually informed the project 'Songs of Colonial Labour'. The people depicted are from various professions and status.
Do you want to see more? Click here.

Februari 2021

Songs of Colonial Labour 2020-21

In the framework of Sonsbeek 20-24 Sonsbeek 2020>2024, “Force Times Distance On Labour and its Sonic Ecologies”, I got invited by curator Aude Christel Mgba to be part of their educational and public program and organize workshops for adults about unconscious values of labour.

In june 2021 I will contribute to their bulletin of the editorial room 'Poetry and Prophecy' curated by Aude Christel Mgba too. In the periode between march - juni I will give workshops.

By this artistic project ‘Songs of Colonial Labour” I am focusing on European children’s songs and the labour values that are propagated by these songs, hidden between the lines of their lyrics–values that communicate gendered, classist and/or racist notions of labour on the one hand, or that resist or empower on the other. How can we commonly start to uncover these values hidden within well-known lyrics, to critically examine and understand their entangled value systems; strengthening values aimed to empower, whilst overcoming values that aim to oppress?

I am planning to make a series of stop motion films with silhouettes/cut-out figures and audio experiments..The first film I am currently working on focuses on the song “Daar was eens een meisje loos”, a well-known Dutch folk song first mentioned in 1775 focuses on gender inequality when it comes to women and work.

Do you want to see and know more? Click here:


Dances of Death - Songs of Labour

During the Corona crisis I became more and aware of the way art helps to overcome fear of threat and death. The Medieval tradition of Dance Macabre or Totentanz came to my mind again. This tradition of depicting skeletons inviting people for a deathly dance fitted into my research about labour relationsships and therefore has visually informed the project 'Songs of Colonial Labour'. The people depicted are from various professions and status.
Do you want to see more? Click here.