: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 is the guardian of secrets and pride of Dutch treasures, valua- bles and personal archives.
This OBJACT questions the Dutch reading of history by retracing the colonial residue engraved within the cultural object that is the cabinet.
Dutch cabinets are objects that narrate how Dutch domestic life has been entangled with the colonial project, being made from tropical wood and containing heroic, stolen, trinkets and treasures from Indonesia, India, Ghana or South Africa.
This cabinet shows that for the past four centuries, elsewhere has always been present in the comfort of Dutch social life, but we just ordered and classified it in such a way that distortion would occur.