the Dollhouse (2020) work in progress

For decades, a number of life-size figures have been  stored in the attic of the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. Made in 1938 by the world famous German doll maker Kathe Kruse and commissioned by the museum, they became the tangible embodiment of “the Dutch colonies” at the World Exhibition in 1939.
With this work I reflect on the history and role of (these) props in relation to the museum as they become a  producer of colonial content. By zooming in on the ‘skin’ of these dolls affected by time and the context of their history, I want to give a critical account and examine the ideas around production and museum. But also looking at the discourse of the human presence through the use of life size figures in the exhibition space. In this installation I will use archival material like the correspondence of Kathe Kruse about the figures , pictures of the process of the construction of dolls and images of the dolls .

Material: installation using text, photography and film