written by Josée Thissen-Rojer
The sculpture exhibition in Amsterdam, better known as ARTZUID, displays the works of 4 artists from Curaçao: David Bade, Carlos Blaaker, Nelson Carrilho and Tirzo Martha.
ARTZUID takes place every 2 years, and this time will display the works of 50 artists. All the works are outside in the open air, making the exhibition easily accessible. This is the 7th edition and the title for 2021 is ‘Imagine’. The reason behind this is that it’s been 50 years since musician and defender of peace, John Lennon (1940 – 1980), wrote the song ‘Imagine’. The organizing committee reasons that the invited artists, just like Lennon in his day, are all concerned with current topics and dream of a way to straighten the world’s crooked hat.
The sculpture route is 5 kilometers long and incorporates a sculpture of John Lennon next to a peace sign, created by Laura Lian (Cambridge, 1952), at the entrance of the Hilton Hotel. This is the hotel where Lennon and Yoko Ono (1933) spent their honeymoon, with the famous ‘Bed-in for peace’.
The first sculpture on the route by a Curaçaoan is by Tirzo Martha. His work ‘The Interpretation and Identification of the Meaning of Life’ is a tower made up of several iron cages containing objects like a car tire. The text ‘Lapi bo tire aki’ (‘Fix your tire here’) is written on the tire. It’s obvious that the artist is provoking us to think deeper on the meaning of the statement in the title of his work. Tirzo uses materials and objects of daily use for his works. In this way, he manages to reach a vast and diverse audience.