Palimpsest – Bringing Hidden Stories to Light!
I always had a yearning for hidden stories. Therefore I knew instantly that I wanted to contribute to the ‘Palimpsest’ exhibition – exhibitions.weebly.com/palimpsest-2016.html (also in previous blog post), organised by Artcatcher Katja Rosenberg and co. The exhibition’s subtitle is ‘Bringing Hidden Stories to Light’ because a palimpsest is a text
that has been written over another text in a book: so one story has been written on top of
another, meaning that the previous story disappears unless you scrape off the new text in order to see the old text. Interestingly, the subtitle Bringing Hidden Stories to Light has become the title of my work for the show!
Palimpsest will be opening Thursday the 24th November 2016 in the Warehouse of the old Chocolate factory Lammert (what a sweet idea!) in Bad Oyenhausen, Germany, and run until Sunday the 27th. Apart from lots of great art works, there’s a musical and performance programme alongside the show as well, have a look!
Light onto hidden stories! So why did I always love this theme? One answer would be that there were a lot of hidden things in my childhood, hence my interest in ‘going there’: to this hidden world, this world of all things and stories in the shadow: shadow existences, alternative but un-pursued possibilities, neglected ontologies, things in the gaps and on the off-beat, among the out-casted and forgotten. In this way, my interest gave me access to a lot of things beyond general notice, almost another dimension, an Other World.
Where psychology points to a picture of the hard-to-access world of the shadow, or the feared access to the world of the subconscious, I felt at home here: this is where I wanted to be, this is where my sensitivities and sensibilities have always been.
An interest for the ‘different story’ and/or a ‘different interpretation, the search for taboos: this was not just a personal space. It was – and is – a political space too: what, for example, if Africa hadn’t been exploited, if colonialism hadn’t happened, if no enslavement had taken place, if the world had listened to humanity instead! So I like this otherness, I like it if some things could have been different; I like to remind of the possibilities that we had and that we have. It’s nice to be able to think differently, to encourage otherness, difference, diversity, possibilities, opportunities, expanded horizons!
So here I am, revelling in lighting up the shadows, taking the palimpsest as a metaphor for liberating the unknown and oppressed. Hidden stories arise! Africa, come back up, reside in people’s minds instead of being stored away in unconsciousness, inequality, go away, for we need to see clearly now and look beneath the surface, let’s face it! I think it’s a method to bring about justice!
I hope that this important exhibition might be extended or travel, it will be on show from the 24th until the 27th November, but could travel thereafter! Some pieces might be sold, or maybe a lot gets sold, but even so, the remaining pieces could go travelling, to keep up the idea of bringing to light what’s hidden, like an archaeologist too, to speak out, to stand up, to look around, to see, to discover…………… to go further……… to be continued! (I have given an ‘idea intro’ to this topic in my previous post The Beauty of the Shadow, and I will continue this long story too: this post is only the middle-step, to coincide with the exhibition-dates).