For the Onschuld (Innocence) exhibition at Kunstvereniging Diepenheim (NL) I made a new installation titled Parque. The basic shape was inspired on the ritual feast Turé. It is celebrated by several Brazilian indigenous tribes and takes place between September and November, when the rain is scarce. The feast, involving much dancing and singing, is performed for the invisible people. These peolpe appear only to the shaman, in the form of plants and animals.
Although a vegetarian myself, I am fascinated by hunting. It is the beauty of the hunting rituals, such as the need for the hunters to disguise the last bit of inner struggle by handing over the so-called ‘break’ to the hunter. The break is a twig from a tree just behind the place where the animal was hit. The shooter should wear the twig the rest of the day on his hat or cap. The break must be taken ‘through the sweat': through the blood of the slaughtered animal. During a research period in Diepenheim I was again confronted with the yacht and remembered the subjects that triggered me during a working period in Brazil, 2012. The indigenous obviously have a deep respect for nature. Live is experienced as a complex network, based on giving and taking, care and a certain vital power. This power could possibly translated as a spirit or soul that spreads around the cosmos, binding people, animals and other forms of live.
An important element of the installation Parque is a dance, a hunting dance performed by myself. It is an exercise, entitled the dance of Diana, who punishes those who take to brutally from nature. I found this dance in a book from the nineteen twenties, compiled by G.C. van den Bergh, about Image Gymnastics. The dance itself consists of three parts: 'preparation', 'around the campfire' and 'to hunt'. The dance has a higher aim than recreation, it is justified because it serves the goal of life; one dances to create a new humanity.
The installation includes wood, gold cord, yarn, teasels, motor, shoes, video, feathers and seeds of fruits that I have eaten in the past period. Important is the weiknoop (square knot): in the seventies a very popular knot in the macramé technique, for example to knot plant hangers. Centuries before it has been used to knot a bag for hunting: game bag. The wild shot was taken home in such a bag; the shot animal remained fresh through the openings between the knots.