Commissioned by: BFO – Niek van Der Sprong productions. Location – Zwolle. Period: 2006
Vrijheidsgasten’ was an art project in collaboration with Mark van Enk, Gina Draaisma and Michiel van Bulk. An installation black box with the title ‘Vrijheidsgasten’ of 6×6 m. was placed in the midst of the festival grounds. On the inside of the box are (painted) people of various denominations, ages, cultures and races. They seem to live with, beside and through each other as in the ideal world. Their faces are missing; an opening in the wall has been made at this point. The curious festival visitor feels invited to look through the holes in the black wall (the diorama effect) and has suddenly become part of the artwork because his face fills the empty spot in the painted ‘Guests’. Meanwhile, this will take place at various places in the box so that they are not only part of it but also look at each other as a kind of ultimate droste effect. The table in the middle is by Michiel van Bulk and depicts a kind of uneasy hospitality. We ourselves were working on the figures on the inside during the festival, so we too were part of the image.
Michiel Bulk en Gina in the box.