Until the end of your trip
7.10.2010 - 08.01.2011
Project, tattoo (on my left shoulder), performance and new serie of 48 drawings
program, Mondriaan Fund, Instituto Buena Bista, Curaçao
Artist travel a lot, and so do I. Travelling as an artist makes me feel uncomfortable, especially when I travel to parts of the world that have been colonized. Curaçao is a former Dutch colony. One of the most imported slave markets was established on the island. After the ‘middle passage’ the slaves where sold. A quote from ‘The Dutch slave trade 1500 - 1850’ by P.C. Emmer: ‘A ceremony, during the first days of arrival of the new slaves, cannot be unmentioned namely branding. The planters couldn’t keep apart their black property and therefore each slave was brand with a mark. Than, when a slave run away and got caught again, everyone knew right away to which plantation he or she belonged. '
The numbers 0 742 48060003 4 represent the ticket number for an Amsterdam-Curaçao return flight. Upon arrival in Curaçao (October 7, 2010) I went directly from the airport to a tattoo shop and had the ticket number tattooed on my left shoulder. On January 8, 2011, I finished – or rather, continued – the trip, checking in by showing the ticket number on my shoulder.
Each ticket number is saved in a database for a period of twelve months and remains connected with an individual and his/her personal journey. The first numbers show the airline, the others represent travel dates, seats, destinations, single or return trip, chosen meals and the amount of luggage. ‘Please keep this document until the end of your trip’ is stated on top of the boarding pass.