Open Call What the ‘QUACK’ is going on?

Open Call

What the 'QUACK'
is going on?

Register Before May 18

Dear artists,

Hope this message finds you quacking with excitement!

As some of you may or may not know, our property has been taken over by over 5000 adorable ducks! They've claimed the Christmas tree, made nests in our garden bushes, joined in on workshops, and even turned the children's play area into their personal spa.

With warmer weather approaching, these quackers are on the lookout for cooler spots and are gearing up to conquer our exhibition hall during the summer break.

Introducing our latest project: What the 'QUACK' is going on? 

It's not your average artist open call – it's a quack-tastic, fun, and quirky exhibition that kicks off on June 29 and promises to quackify our space until August 4, 2024.

Here's the deal: we're inviting all artists to join in on the duck-filled madness. Each participating artist will receive a minimum of 10 ducks to transform into an art piece or to use as a medium within a creation. The challenge? Let your creativity flow, infuse your unique touch, and present your masterpiece during this exhibition extravaganza!

This is not just an artist call; it's a chance to dive into a world where creativity meets quirkiness. Unleash your imagination, let the ducks inspire your art, and join us in making this exhibition a celebration of creativity, laughter and of course quacks!

To participate: 

·        Let us know if you are participating before May 18th

·        Let us know how many ducks you would like to work with (minimum 10)

·        Pick up your ducks at Landhuis Bloemhof during regular opening hours

·        Deliver your finished work before June 22nd

We are looking forward to your participation.

Den Mi Wesu

Event

DEN MI WESU
(IN MY BONES)
BY MICHAEL WANGA

Thursday May 2nd | 19:00
Friday May 3rd | 19:00
Saturday May 4th | 18:00 & 21:00

Den Mi Wesu – meaning “in my bones” in Papiamentu – is a theatrical deep dive into the origins of spiritual experience and how rhythmic expressions amplify it. It involves an excavation of instruments, voice, and movement through which we explore our Afro-Caribbean roots. 

Under artistic direction of Michael Wanga and musically enhanced by Sorandy Sint Jacobs and Ashley Mauricia, a group of talented performers shares their rhythmical and historical journey. Following their route to Landhuis Bloemhof, we learn about their Caribbean ancestry through the power of rhythm and movement. 

Like many Curaçaoan people, Michael is a descendant of two strong tribes. On one side, the native people that have survived on the Caribbean islands and on the other side, the enslaved people that were brought there from Africa. 

As part of the new generation of diaspora descendants, Michael seeks a connection with his ancestors. A bond that derives from music and stories that shaped the island. He involves a new generation of Caribbean artists, to share in this experience. 

Rhythm and spirituality go hand in hand. They connect us to our most primal and instinctive selves. Rhythm is not taught, it is passed down through the musical traditions of our ancestors. Sound and movement are carriers of Afro-Caribbean culture, throughout generations. They contain the essence of a spiritual experience that is shared all over the world in meditation, worship or prayer.