Archipel, 2017

With the kind support of Marres Maastricht (NL)
Special thanks to curators Barbara Cueto and Bas Hendrikx
Venue: Marres, House for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht (NL)

‘Archipel’ is a project created for the Marres Currents #3 exhibition at Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht (NL). Inspired by ‘phantom islands’, fake islands added intentionally to 19th and 20th centrury worldmaps by companies in order to avoid plagiarism, a cluster of three fictional islands was created using sand, pigments, and water. Idiosyncratic and melancholic names given to remote islands by explorers throughout history, such as Possession and Loneliness, were the starting point for this fictional cluster of islands. These sand islands were then photographed and made into postcards. During the exhibition ‘Marres Currents #3’ visitors were invited to write a postcard from a fictional island, tricking the recipient into believing these places were real. Over the course of two months, five-hundred postcards were sent all over the world, manifesting the existence of these fictional islands.