De Antillendag /The Antilles Day

Exhibitions on colonial history are constantly under scrutiny. Whose perspective dominates? Whose voice is heard, and who is the intended viewer? With “Antilles Day,” I delve into the preparations for the opening of the new Antilles Hall at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam in 1948. The artwork “Antilles Day” captures the process, revealing the ideas, opinions, and occasional frustrations that typically remain unseen by the public. It showcases the intersection of diverse perspectives on the colonies, the exhibited objects, and personal artistic visions. The primary focus lies on the dialogues among exhibition makers, an ambitious set painter, a critical journalist, and the visual narratives expressed through exhibition design. The colonized body represented in the exhibition takes the form of a life-size doll, frozen amidst objects that objectify her as part of the colonial inventory. In this piece,  a visual paper, I zoom in on the representation of colonial histories in the Netherlands, colonial propaganda, unheard voices, and the complex dynamics between the museum curators , designers , and the public.


IDENTITIES: Contemporary Caribbean Perspectives

guest-curator  Sara Blokland
Initiative : RCMC
Location: Wereld Museum Rotterdam from 16/01/2020 untill 31/03/2020
Artist : Quinsy Gario, Rachel Moron, Kevin Osepa , Sara Blokland
IDENTITIES: Contemporary Caribbean Perspectives