Wanneer stopt toen? Museum Bronbeek, Arnhem, NL, Europe, Earth
2015 - ongoing

Research project about the role of Museum Bronbeek in the ambiguous field of commemoration of the Dutch Colonial past.

To test the post-colonial discourse in practice I have organized since 2012 workshops Wayangplay at Museum Bronbeek, the National museum for Colonial and therefore Military history, based in Arnhem. This institute forms a ‘lieu of memory’ as a public place of commemoration of different agents of the colonial Dutch past.

With its surrounding park where memorials for different agents of war (civic victims, war-prisoners …) are situated it triggers mixed thoughts and ambiguous feelings , on the one hand of nostalgia (for the ‘tempo doeloe’= ‘the good old days’) on the other hand of wonder about the entanglement of colonialism, nationalism and racism, militarism, capitalism and politics of remembrance.
This institute shares the building with a Nursery for Veterans. The elderly men have been fighting in 1945-49 on the Dutch side against the Indonesian Nationalists – some as members of the KNIL ( Royal Dutch-Indies-Armee) or as part of their compulsory military service.
This institute is still partially financed by the Dutch Ministry of Defense.

I asked myself: Can such a place freely and critically investigate the post-colonial present and help to de-colonize our minds?

I belief that the process of de-colonizing the Master’s mind, in this case of the Netherlands, has not been accomplished with the momentum of the souvereignity of Indonesia in 1949 by queen Juliana. Since 2015 I therefore have looked at this historical momentum again and conducted a first scene of a shadowpplay.

Invited by the Dutch Art Institute as an alumnus I participated in the seminar LocationLocationLocation of Sarah Pierce & Tirdad Zolghadr in 2016/17. I gave their class a tour through Museum Bronbeek and participated during the public event I left my pdf in Bandung in the conversation with a veteran. This collaboration will be continued throughout this year, 2016/17.

Wanneer stopt toen? Museum Bronbeek, Arnhem, NL, Europe, Earth
2015 - ongoing

Research project about the role of Museum Bronbeek in the ambiguous field of commemoration of the Dutch Colonial past.

To test the post-colonial discourse in practice I have organized since 2012 workshops Wayangplay at Museum Bronbeek, the National museum for Colonial and therefore Military history, based in Arnhem. This institute forms a ‘lieu of memory’ as a public place of commemoration of different agents of the colonial Dutch past.

With its surrounding park where memorials for different agents of war (civic victims, war-prisoners …) are situated it triggers mixed thoughts and ambiguous feelings , on the one hand of nostalgia (for the ‘tempo doeloe’= ‘the good old days’) on the other hand of wonder about the entanglement of colonialism, nationalism and racism, militarism, capitalism and politics of remembrance.
This institute shares the building with a Nursery for Veterans. The elderly men have been fighting in 1945-49 on the Dutch side against the Indonesian Nationalists – some as members of the KNIL ( Royal Dutch-Indies-Armee) or as part of their compulsory military service.
This institute is still partially financed by the Dutch Ministry of Defense.

I asked myself: Can such a place freely and critically investigate the post-colonial present and help to de-colonize our minds?

I belief that the process of de-colonizing the Master’s mind, in this case of the Netherlands, has not been accomplished with the momentum of the souvereignity of Indonesia in 1949 by queen Juliana. Since 2015 I therefore have looked at this historical momentum again and conducted a first scene of a shadowpplay.

Invited by the Dutch Art Institute as an alumnus I participated in the seminar LocationLocationLocation of Sarah Pierce & Tirdad Zolghadr in 2016/17. I gave their class a tour through Museum Bronbeek and participated during the public event I left my pdf in Bandung in the conversation with a veteran. This collaboration will be continued throughout this year, 2016/17.