Starting spring 2020, a large-scale project of artist Victor Sonna can be seen in the tower of the museum.
“There are two sides to everything”, says the artist Victor Sonna, who grew up in Cameroon and is now living in Eindhoven. This is also expressed in his installation of 152 free-hanging tapestries – Gobelins – in the tower space of the museum. The pieces are based on 17th-century European tapestries featuring ‘idyllic’ scenes. Sonna transformed these tapestries into three series of poignant artworks. By leaving parts of the original images visible, the artworks are also two-sided in a figurative sense.
A few years ago in New Orleans, Sonna purchased the shackles of a slave, inscribed with the number 152. It inspired him to produce 152 new works that reflect on the history of slavery in the Netherlands, Africa and Suriname. A vast scaffolding system will be constructed in the tower of the museum, in between the floors, so that the works can be viewed up close.
The title of the exhibition refers to the year 1525, the year that marked the beginning of the Atlantic slave trade.
“There are two sides to everything” – Victor Sonna