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Anywhere, anytime

Visiting Palazzo Massimo museum in Rome a couple of years ago I came across a large wall full of fresco’s and mortared niches - a typical funerary arrangement of the Ancient Romans. These frescos showed some dreamy scenes and paradise-like figures hanging around - fishing, playing and dancing - all playful and peaceful. However they reminded me of the nightly tv reporting with scenes of battles in various dusty Middle-eastern deserts, people walking in long lines escaping to nowhere, children running from the burning houses, bodies on the streets… paradoxically I saw war and suffering visually blurring with Elysium.

From this likeness the idea of the ‘Columbarium‘ came about - drawings of war and peace made on the newspaper sheets surround the burial niches are arranged on 8 panels which together form an octagonal tower. For me, this is a kind of memorial that we will leave behind for the coming generations to see, our ‘afterlife’ message.

Accompanying are 6 large format ‘books’ drawn directly onto glossy magazines. While making these visual ‘diaries’ everything on the page got a different meaning for me - the slogans, the adds, the photos of the consumer goods have blended with images of refugees and executions. It was a painful period - never before I got myself involved in the topic of suffering and injustice so directly.

24 prints on newspapers in carborundum technique in black and white finalized this project.
Anywhere, anytime is a warning - none of us is too far removed from the suffering of war a misplacement, we can an should not ignore it and not treat it as an entertaining news item.

Anywhere Anytime book

After many reactions from the audience to the exhibition in Mozes and Aaron church in Amsterdam the idea arose to publish a book with a selection of reproductions composed from the six drawn ‘books’. The book "Anywhere Anytime" reproduces images that are directly painted on existing magazines and therefore too fragile to browse through. This makes it impossible to view these works directly. They can only be seen in the form of a book and it makes this book itself a part and extension of the project. In addition, this theme is difficult. For many people it is unpleasant to think about suffering. But we should pay more attention to the current bloody wars and terrible conditions
of millions of people in the world and I want to share my personal response to this theme with a larger audience. One will recognize it for what it is - the pain of the other becomes your own pain.

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Art Manifestation Art Stations of the Cross -  from 3 March to 20 April 2019

http://www.artstations.org/art/

https://www.santegidio.nl/stations-of-the-cross-in-de-mozes-en-aaronkerk/

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