Schipbreukeling – Mathieu Charles

Antonio Jose Guzman and Iva Jankovic

Antonio Jose Guzman (1971, Panama City) is a Dutch-Panamanian visual artist who lives and works in Amsterdam, Panama City, Gujarat and Dakar. Through different media Guzman reinterprets postcolonial attitudes in our society, reflecting on social justice, genetic research and the colonial history of textile, migration in social transformation and community engagement, and memory in relation to community, ancestry and social collectivism. The artist’s installations and multidisciplinary work is inspired by diasporic identity, storytelling and cultural analysis crossing time zones, worlds and realms in ‘time travel perceptions’. His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including: M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp; Framer Framed, Amsterdam; OSCAM – Open Space Contemporary Art Museum, Amsterdam; Galleri Image, Aarhus; International Documentary Festival Amsterdam; and Rush Art Galleries, New York. He participated in the Sharjah Biennial, Havana Biennial, Dakar Biennale and Central American Biennial, Costa Rica. Among other professional experiences, Guzman has been a lecturer and final exams consultant in renowned institutions such as: New School, New York; ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem; Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam; and Minerva Art Academy, Hanze University Groningen. 

Iva Jankovic (1979, Ruma) is a Dutch-Yugoslav artist and a designer. Located in Amsterdam, she works in the Netherlands, Gujarat and Serbia. In 2012 she founded a sustainable clothing brand that serves as a platform for the artistic research into the use of patterns and symbols across the world. Merging her traditional fine art education with crafts she transforms ideas into performance pieces, installations and unique fashion garments. Her fascination for communal memories is furthering a theory of homogeneity in human thinking. By deconstructing cross-cultural symbols and bringing them to a local environment she asserts sustainability as the only way to a genuine decolonisation. Jankovic’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues including: Museum Het Schip, Amsterdam; Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterio, the Netherlands; Watersnoodmuseum, Ouwerkerk, the Netherlands; Humanity House, The Hague; Framer Framed, Amsterdam; OSCAM – Open Space Contemporary Art Museum, Amsterdam; MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna; and at multiple design weeks and events in Zürich, Hamburg, Sofia, Zagreb, Skopje and Belgrade. Her other creative work includes a collaboration with the Stichting de Vrolijkheid, a network of professional artists and cultural organisations that develop art projects in Dutch asylum seekers centres. 

Electric Dub Station (Orbital Ignition)

This site-specific installation and procession investigates the transatlantic colonial history of indigo related to their production on Surinamese and Javanese plantations and in Europe including Arnhem’s province of Gelderland. In the last fifteen years, Guzman has concentrated on postcolonial artistic research tied to his Panamanian background, tracing indigo’s origins in Latin America, Asia and West Africa, back to the African slave trade when its value increased exponentially as a means of payment. In the 1700s profit from indigo was greater than that gained from sugar and cotton. The work features soundscapes of plantations in Suriname, and Alan Lomax recordings of maroon communities mixed with dub beats and Batá drums, and about one hundred banner pieces and twenty Afrofuturistic costumes made with indigo master Sufiyan Khatri, produced and block printed with designer Iva Jankovic. 

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