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 Shipis 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.
“19 de Noviembre de 1910” is an edition of 35, four layer hand-pulled screen-print and hand-painted by EVER making each one unique. It measures 50 x 70cm and comes signed and numbered by the Argentinean painter. Only for £79.99 each on the Street Art news Shop
In October 2013, I was working in mexico with Mamutt Creatividad on this silkprint called “November 19, 1910”. My intention was to create a work made entirely in that country. The main idea was to build on what I feel and understand from the Mexican mythological history and social events, two factors that are constantly present in my work ( metaphysical, human and social realities ) .
The prints are achieved through a plastic exercise called “situationism” (one of the main driving currents of social events in France in May 1968 ). Using the method of “drift ” I have created several prints, each one different from another. That means that from the start, this work involves “political rhetoric”.
“November 19, 1910” is a mixture of mythological and historical processes, ie is a work that alters the reality of an event. Man justifies his actions via a higher power that commands it. His future is decided by a deity. What if we say then, that one of the most important social movements of the twentieth century ( the Mexican Revolution ) was due to the appearance of Xinolen , protector of corn and fertility? An Aztec goddess that night and day takes care of the most important food of Mexico , corn, and tries to tell the working people that the future is full of obstacles, but that in reality we ourselves have created them . “November 19, 1910” is more than a screen print, it is a metaphysical account of human ideals .