Netherlands / 2017 / site specific spacial installation at Parklicht 2017 in Oosterpark Amsterdam / racks with plastic household utensils, TL lighting, net curtains, cut out paper, audio / approx. 400 x 100 x 200 cm
Thank you: Teguh Hartanto, Diederik Paauwe, Lina Matahariku
Parklicht 2017: Children of the Light | Daphne Glasmacher | Gosse de Kort | Matthijs Munnik & Joris Strijbos | André Pielage | Mike Rijnierse & Jan Trützschler von Falkenstein | Femke Schaap | MMC Schobbe | Elly Sloep | Berndnaut Smilde | Marloes van Son | Su Tomesen | Peter Vink | Corné Vissenberg
SUPER SALE was my contribution to Parklicht 2017. The exhibition took place from 28 to 30 December in the Oosterpark and was curated by John Prop and Loes Diephuis from Stichting Polderlicht. Because of my connection with Indonesia the curators asked me to establish a relationship with Tropenmuseum, which is located at the park.
In an extension at the back of the museum I built a shopwindow with an arrangement of the 3 x 82 different plastic household products from the Plastic Indonesia collection. These items were placed behind stretched net curtains. The whole was reminiscent of a shop, but the installation also reminded of a contemporary collection in a ethnographic museum.
Within the context of the symmetrical architecture of the building the organic extension and the staircase next to it do not match. Spontaneous architecture and attached elements are often seen in countries outside the regulated West. During Parklight - which took place in the evenings - the extension was visible thanks to bright TL lights behind the arrangement inside. When coming closer, one could hear Indonesian street sounds: the soundtrack of the film Jalan.
SUPER SALE touched on various themes: colonialism in the Dutch East Indies, the in 2017 recent cuts of the Tropenmuseum, exploitation of people, bottom prices, capitalism, sweat shops, the bottom of the job market, consumerism, plastic pollution. During the (only!) three evenings of the exhibition I had many conversations with visitors.