The Admiral's Headache - Brigadier | 2018 | 134 x 100 cm | edition of 7 | c-print

The Admiral's Headache - Brigadier | 2018 | 134 x 100 cm | edition of 7 | c-print

The Admiral's Headache - Galjoen | 2018 | 100 x 100 cm | edition of 7 | c-print

The Admiral's Headache - Galjoen | 2018 | 100 x 100 cm | edition of 7 | c-print

The Admiral's Headache - Commandeur | 2018 | 17 x 17 x 19 cm | edition of 10 | PLA 3D print

The Admiral's Headache - Commandeur | 2018 | 17 x 17 x 19 cm | edition of 10 | PLA 3D print

The Admiral's Headache - Brigadier | 2018 | 134 x 100 cm | edition of 7 | c-print thumbnail
The Admiral's Headache - Galjoen | 2018 | 100 x 100 cm | edition of 5 | c-print thumbnail
The Admiral's Headache - Commandeur | 2018 | 17 x 17 19 cm | edition of 10 | PLA 3D print thumbnail
During his 4 month residency at the Instituto Buena Bista in Curaçao Jasper de Beijer collected information about the Dutch past in this former colony of the Netherlands. The old Dutch buildings still stand on landmark sites, showing off their bright colors. The architecture is of a typical Dutch landhouse style, like ornamented bunkers overseeing the former plantations, where the African slaves were working.The interior of these landhouses are a copy of typical Dutch farm interiors, to keep the Dutch culture inside of the walls, like a cultural hub or cocoon. The artist was intrigued by the modular character of the buildings, ships, tools and weapons, which were in a way all part of the method of using human beings as a commodity. The administrative papers prove the instrumental character of the Dutch activities, breaking down all commodities into bits of profit or cost. De Beijer imagined this whole system as an alien invasion on the island, using the method of compartementalized boats and houses as prefab and modular units. He took this idea as a vantage point to imagine the ships bringing these units, unloading them like container ships and start colonizing the land to prepare it for the slaves who provided the running engine for the system. In this world the colonialists become hidden players, only present behind their facades and their empty uniform costumes in the museums in Curacao. He recreated a version of the island, partly in 3D in paper and partly in the computer – and made a desolated place, riddled with living units, storage units, prefab harbours, boats and machines that are waiting to be involuntary powered by humans, the ancestors of the current inhabitants.