‘The Monument’ – Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven

The Monument | Karin van Pinxteren | mixed media | 2009 | photography Jean-Michel Crapanzano

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Invisible Empire: Undefined Spaces

The term “No man’s land” is generally accepted as an unlimited combat area in between two enemy trenches. It is a space that neither side openly wishes to occupy or take control of due to the fear of being attacked in the process. It is also a term for unoccupied land or more specifically, an area that is under dispute between parties and abandoned due to fear or uncertainty. Metaphorically, the concept of “no man’s land” allows us to explore the perception of this ominous and obtuse phrase.

“Invisible empire : undefined spaces” is a project that inquires into this narrow mental process while questioning governing traditions that structure citizens, lifestyles and beliefs.

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30/10/2009 – 16/11/2009  Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven > your-space

link to the project

Van Abbemuseum, EindhovenVan Abbemuseum, your-space, open podium

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With

– Brian Balderston (New-York)
– Chad Stayrook –Jose Ruiz / Bandwagon team (New-York)
– Rachel Wilberforce (London)
– Yasmeen Al Awadi (London)
– Julia Boix-Vives (France / Netherland)
– Karin van Pinxteren (Netherland)
– Rose Lejeune (Curator, London)
– Clare Sheppeard (Curator London)

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A project by

– Jean-Michel Crapanzano (France/ Netherland)

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Curator your-space

– Freek Lomme

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The Monument | Karin van Pinxteren | mixed media | 2009 | photography Jean-Michel Crapanzano

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The Monument

For me the National War Monument Kamp Vught is the ethical extension connected to The Netherlands most heavily guarded prison P.I. Nieuw Vossenveld, to give a backforce to the destructive minds that are hidden behind the prison walls. The National War Monument Kamp Vught is one big exhibition about the German regime in the camp in World War II, to imprison people before transportation or destruction. There are still ovens on the terrain including the chimney. The smoke of other peoples burning bodies has been the most visible and most awful signal for the captived people in the camp.

The National War Monument Kamp Vught for me is the ethical counterpart stucked to the prison as a very important invisible force. My interest for this terrain seems coming back now and then in my mind and my work. Now it has embedded itself into the Invisible Empire project. The map of the terrain looks like a machine itself, strange that it can be found on Google Earth.

Between the prison Nieuw Vosseveld and the National Monument Kamp Vught is a path bordered by a fence and a wall. An open space, a no man’s land that divides two very strong forces, freedom an deprivation of freedom, that are in opposite of each other.

On the wall I have made a graphical map of the maximum secured prison, a building situated in the middle of the whole prisonfield with prisoners considered as the most dangerous ones in The Netherlands. A map just in black and white and I have added the jar with the text Guide me, hanging like a driven-belt to the map making a machine of it. It is a phase in between. The jar is a piece referring to the subconsciousness. In our sleep we all seem so peaceful. The jar collects the subconscious thoughts of the criminals in the night and neutralizes them. Maybe that their subconscious thoughts are not evil, we do not know. Maybe also the prisoners do not know. Nobody knows. But the fact is that two lines of reasoning are invisibly fighting against each other.

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The Monument | Karin van Pinxteren | mixed media | 2009 | photography Jean-Michel Crapanzano

The Monument | Karin van Pinxteren | mixed media | 2009 | photography Jean-Michel Crapanzano

The Monument | Karin van Pinxteren | mixed media | 2009 | photography Jean-Michel Crapanzano

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P R O C E S S

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map of the whole terrain: prison Nieuw Vosseveld and the National Monument Kamp Vught

map of the whole terrain: prison Nieuw Vosseveld with inside the maximum secured prison in red and the National Monument Kamp Vught (red upper right)

The Monument | Karin van Pinxteren | input

input: map, images of sleeping men, Kurt’s Zimmer, images of the terrain

The Monument | Karin van Pinxteren | study | sleeping men

sleeping men from Google

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fence between the prison and the national monument

The fence and wall between the prison Nieuw Vosseveld and the National Monument Kamp Vught. An open space, a no man’s land that divides two very strong forces, freedom an deprivation of freedom, that are in opposite of each other.

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