2017 Photography/ Installation
De Redder van de Kaja Kaja’s
The artist lived in 2012 several months with the Marind Tribe, AKA the Kaja Kaja.
A tribe which holds a unique bound with Belgium due the missionary projects of Petrus Vertenten.
Presented as an installation at Zebrastraat Ghent, during Europalia Indonesia 2017.
The known and unknown Indonesia are addressed. Indigenous objects and traditions that appear charming to us are in fact survival tools for the population. This confrontation aims to shatter the illusion of Indonesia as an exotic land and to question opposing stereotypes of ‘then’ and ‘now’, ‘us’ and ‘them’. Little by little, ‘our’ expectations of the ideas and customs of so-called ‘others’ become more ambiguous. In this interdisciplinary project around the exchange of knowledge, the artists address several cultural themes through their research, which will undoubtedly leave a strong impression and encourage further dialogue. https://europalia.eu/nl/article/inspirerend-indonesie_1197.html
About 100 years ago, The Kaja Kaja, a tribe in Papua, was almost extinct by a genital disease. The Belgian missionary Petrus Vertenten could prevent that.In his footsteps, Jimmy Hendrickx is travelling to a remote part of Papua. Jimmy pretends he is cousin of Vertenten. After a trip of 5 days, Jimmy finds out that things aren’t the way they were before and his friend Leo holds a dark secret.
SCREENED ON CANVAS TV
AVAILABLE IN BELGIAN REGION AT VRT NU