Bastion, The Admiral’s Headache (2020)
Jasper de Beijer
For Dutch artist Jasper de Beijer the alienated idea of colonialism has been incredibly closely knit within his oeuvre. „Ever since he graduated at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague, Jasper de Beijer has been concerned with the question of representation, with the image as an essential element in the construction of history and as a vector for mythology and cliché”, writes curator Raphaëlle Stopin in Jeu de Paume, Magazine.
“Bastion” is one of De Beijer’s most recent works that comes from his series ‘The Admiral’s Headache’. Doing research on Curaçao in 2019, De Beijer was startled how meticulously mechanised the Dutch colonial system operated in order to impose order and profit.De Beijer, who mixes photography, drawing, digital drawings and sculpture, has imagined the whole colonial system as an alien invasion on the island.
In the final images of ‘The Admiral Headache’ the colonialists become hidden players, only present behind their facades, their empty uniform costumes in the museums in Curaçao or the Dutch forts attacking invisible ships of different European origin.
The Admiral’s Headache – Bastion, 2020
Archival Pigment print (180 x 84,2 cm)’
(with frame 187,0 x 91,2 cm)
Museumartglass UV 70, 3 mm, Handmade wooden frame, dark oak
Price: € 9.650,- incl. framing and VAT