Until the end of your trip
7.10.2010 - 08.01.2011

project, artist-in-residence program, Mondriaan Fund, Instituto Buena Bista, Curaçao

The project consists of a tattoo, performance and drawings
Collection of 48 pencil and ink drawings
Size drawings 32 x 24 cm

Travelling makes Mariëlle Videler feel uncomfortable, especially when she travels 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) Mariëlle Videler went directly from the airport to a tattoo shop and had the ticket number tattooed on her left shoulder. On January 8, 2011, she finished – or rather, continued – the trip, checking in by showing the ticket number on her 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.