NUBE NEGRA – Black Cloud

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Sculpture, 2017.

A series of 10 sculptures made of Dutch encyclopedia books covered with cement, plaster and rock-like formations. Some of the books are closed and unable to be opened, while others are to be held and read. The encyclopedias that remain open have black paint over every word and language written on them, leaving only images.

This project arose from having been prohibited and denied insight into particular worship practices and knowledges. It addresses knowledge as a source of exploitation and damage. The research for this project was done through conversation and anecdote and is influenced by texts such as The Black Atlantic by Paul Gilroy, Carnival and Cannibal by Jean Baudrillard, White Innocence by Gloria Wekker and Poetic of Relation by Edouard Glissant, specifically around his concept of opacity.