“Homage to the past and future”, Oostende, Belgium (2016)

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“Homage to the Past and Future”

 

The city of Oostende began its great reforms in 1883. King Leopold II earned the nickname the “constructor” for his contribution to public works. These reforms were possible thanks to the large profits that were made from the king’s colony, an area sixty times larger than Belguim: the Congo. In the Congo, rubber was a resource that became precious because of its use in the automotive and bicycle industries. The king imposed high quotas on rubber production in the Congo and forced the indigenous population to comply using coercive methods and extreme violence. It is estimated that during Leopold’s years of domination about ten million natives were killed in the Congo.

“Homage to the Past and Future” is a work that talks about the heavy legacy of the past, about how societies live with the consequences of those that came before and how they build their current reality to be better. The mural is located at the urban entrance to the city, a work that perhaps Leopoldo II had not imagined at the gates of the resort town. Today, the reality is different; diversity flourishes in the city and the image is of a resident of Oostende. Humans learn from their mistakes and the future will always be better if our present remembers and pays homage to the real heroes.

 

 

The Crystal Ship is een grootschalig evenement rond kunst in de openbare ruimte en strijkt dit jaar samen met creatief talent in Oostende neer. Wereldbekende kunstenaars creëren gigantische muurschilderingen en fantastische installaties die een artistiek parcours vormen in de binnenstad. Kom naar het Achturenplein en ontvang meer informatie omtrent onze kunstroute!

Tot 10 april kon je op verschillende locaties de artiesten aan het werk zien.  Na de paasvakantie blijven de werken nog minstens 2 jaar te bezichtigen.  Er wordt een wandel- en fietsroute uitgewerkt die na het festival beschikbaar zal zijn bij Toerisme Oostende vzw.

“Eldest Brother (Sisro)” 2016

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Oil and acrylics on canvas (2016)

“Behind the perception”, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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“Après capitalisme”, Buenos Aires 2015

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头部 (La Cabeza) – Solo Show Buenos Aires, Argentina (2015)

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“头部 (The Head)” is an art installation based on the analysis of Chinese Communist posters. When the posters represent the “idea”, people are always down the picture and the Mao Tse Tung portrait always floating in heaven, protecting that theory founded in the Russian winters. When they want to describe the pragmatics, Mao is cultivating flowers, going to visit schools, etc.

The idea with “The Head” is to think why the “communist theory” fails in its application to reality, and this is because many times the idea has to be corresponded o taken through a body, a body that exercises the idea, that exercises power. That’s why, part of the installation that we present here, invites people to get into the head, so we all can have the feeling that we are not loyal to the theory; the idealization is as dangerous as it is obsessive.

This art installation is only an accessory to the most important, that is the representation of the power of the idea, represented by 3 characters (performers) that go round the head, feeling that invasion, that invisible force that invades our bodies, a communist tragicomedy. The rite is a tribute to the invisible, to what we couldn’t see and couldn’t feel but that this search makes us feel more alive; the human lives of rites.

Mao, or better said China, speaks about the contradiction of this system. China has a communist government, but its factories create capitalist products, politics don’t exist. If the idea is not based on gain, it is not profitable. Mao represents the past, a sacred figure. He is a body that instead of being human is a part of human history.

Sculptor: Marcos Berta
Performance: Elsa Sauguet, Sebastian Reinoso Salinas y Ines Maas.