You can still send the postcard to anyone you want, just email me at your message, Name, Address, Zipcode – City and Country of the receiver. You will receive a confirmation when it is done.wn
A proposal letter towards the Syrian population to create a social contract with the Dutch community. The full letter can be read here: Request for Asylum
During this specific exhibition organised by Francesca Sand – ACTION HYBRID, I decided to present my work differently. Since the creation of the letter in 2016 and the piece is presented again today in a light that is not a hot item anymore in the news.
I decided to look for old techniques to present important messages.
It led me to the idea of a postcard, an urgent message, with the option of a personal note. During this specific exposition, I confronted the people not only with the question of what does this mean to me, who do I send my proposal to, which added a new layer that presents the issue of physical location and the importance of the digital web.
Based on the different idea’s of various philosophers, combined with the cultural en environmental crises that we experience today and that has been a more common problem in our short-term history. Considering the solutions that have been presented and practised for similar situations by other countries with equal cultures.
To be more concrete, I have studied Rousseau his social contract, this is no longer a contract created by governments but by local communities/individuals, to keep each other in line and create a new shape of trust and collaboration. At the moment that the work formed its creation, the contract was the base for the curator at the Venice Art Biennial 2015. Learning about Bergson fantoms made it clear to me that there is more to a situation than just the personal memory that we experience. Deleuze offered the perception in this particular thought; his essay about immigrants made a lot of my questions answered and raised new ones that created this proposal.
When we let down of all our fears, smile about the good things of our cultures and religions, the grounds we live on and exploit our talents. When we consider the facts that nature is giving us, we should know better. We all want the same, but have a different vision in achieving it, as long that we feel open to change we can work on this together.
A mass is by Nietzsche defined as one or a hundred; this means that I can speak for my people just as much as you can. All individual action makes the change in the bigger picture. We should not forget that we are not alone but constrained by our conditioned minds as Pavlov describes and Allain de Botton refers to the fact that we the propagation by the news that we receive and feel obligated to act on that, because of the fantoms of our history.
The proposal created by ‘the Dutch people’ is no therefore no longer based on those pieces of information, but is based on the fact that we should open up our minds, to look behind the flesh and into the souls of the beings around us and then connect in order to create new lifelines of support.