Gallery Alma Blou announces the launch of their first podcast, titled “Floating Bridges”.
Floating Bridges is a three-part series in which light is once again shed on Curaçao’s autonomous status within the Dutch Kingdom. The series consists of the episodes “Polítika & Lei” (Politics and the law), “Kultura & Enseñansa” (Culture and education), and “Ekonomía” (Economics).
The first episode of the podcast can be listened to on https://galleryalmablou.com/podcasts, via Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.
The podcast is an initiative of Lusette Verboom as a reaction to the fact that although there is a lot of art on Curaçao, it does not sufficiently portray the reality of our society. It is a theme that has a solid link to our daily lives, our self-image as a nation, and ultimately our identity. Art should serve as a documentation of our history and reflect our society. With this research, Lusette as a gallery owner wants to provide material for the socially conscious artist to connect his/her artistic expressions with the daily reality.
The ultimate goal of this podcast is to create awareness, start conversations, and stimulate creative expression in relation to this theme.
With Floating Bridges, Lusette wants to connect the interrelationships that exist between art and research. The research of the podcast is about the relations between Curaçao and the Netherlands within the Kingdom after gaining its autonomous status.
The title Floating Bridges refers to the complex and dynamic relationship between Curaçao and the Netherlands that can be compared to the floating Emma Bridge: an ingenious and floating construction that either closed or open allows traffic to pass through. Like the closed or open -status of the bridge, the title can be interpreted in multiple ways.
The following persons contributed to this project: Stephanie van Heijningen, who co-conducted the research, talked to a number of experts in the various fields; former prime minister Suzanne Camelia-Römer (Government & politics), Mr. Mirto Murray (Legal), prof. dr. Rose Mary Allen (Culture), rector magnificus dr. Francis de Lanoy (Education), and dr. Rob van den Bergh (Economics).
Gallery Alma Blou also mentions Mathijs Reinen for the music, the newspapers Amigoe and Antilliaans Dagblad, and the Mondriaan Fund. The cover illustration is by Father Paul Brenneker (1912-1996) and Elis Juliana (1927-2013).
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Gallery Alma Blou
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