:EEN LIJK IN DE KAST
To the ‘normal’ reading of colonial history.
To show, to hide and to keep things; a cabinet simultaneously reveals and conceals. The Dutch cabinet (Hollands Kabinet) represents pride and contains treasures, valuables and personal archives.
‘EEN LIJK IN DE KAST’ questions the Dutch reading of history by retracing the colonial residue engraved within the cultural object that is the Dutch Cabinet (Hollands Kabinet).
Dutch Cabinets are seen as statement pieces containing heroic treasures. But they also narrate how Dutch domestic life has been entangled with the colonial project, being made from tropical wood and containing stolen objects from former colonies.
This OBJACT shows that for the past four centuries, elsewhere has always been present in the comfort of Dutch domestic life, but we just ordered and classified it in such a way that distortion would occur.