Stroom Den Haag

  • 16/10/2021 • 05/12/2021

    Kevin Osepa: Klof Bario di Spiritu

    The exhibition can be seen on Saturday during HOOGTIJ.
    You can watch the performance on Friday evening.

    Klof: Bario di Spiritu is a multi-media installation about Klof, a tree-lined street in Curaçao. This road is said to be a treacherous place. As a child, Kevin Osepa was told the ghost stories that circulate about Klof. Behind those stories, however, is a history that remains untold: Klof is the location where in 1795 enslaved people revolted, and fought a bloody battle with their Dutch oppressors. Osepa created images and rituals of this charged place, to take back to the Netherlands, where this history of struggle and resistance is buried much deeper in the collective memory.

    The installation at Stroom is a direct reference to the manifestation and disappearance of the ghosts of colonialism. It is a deep reflection on how colonial traumas are passed down, distorting over time, dormant but at times reemerging anew. Through a circuit of videos, lights, and soundscapes in the exhibition space, Osepa casts a protection over the visitors keeping the ghosts of Klof at bay. The exhibition is accompanied by texts by Layo de Palm, a Curaçao-based anthropologist who has written a book of collected stories from the people around Klof.

    Performanceprogramma fr 26 nov, 19:00-22:00
    An evening program about and featuring ritual practices with new performances by Eugenie Boon, Travis Geertruida and Guenn Gustina, three young artists responding to the works in the exhibition.

    Kevin Osepa (Willemstad, 1994) is a visual artist and photographer. He is interested in portraying the Afro­Caribbean identity in a postcolonial world, and explores themes such as Afro­spirituality, sexuality, masculinity, decoloniality and family. His work aims to create a space for these perspectives in order to counterbalance the often one­ sided narrative of colonial history. He has exhibited widely within the Netherlands; as a videographer, he has recently directed the video for Jeangu Macrooy, the Netherlands’ representation at the Eurovision Song Contest. Kevin Osepa is a storyteller indebted to the ritual practices that emerged throughout the Caribbean during the colonial period.


About Stroom Den Haag

Stroom Den Haag (an independent foundation founded in 1990) is an art center with a wide range of activities. Starting from the visual arts, architecture, urban planning and design the program focuses on the urban environment.Stroom’s policy is not committed to any particular movement. The centre is open to everyone with stimulating ideas or a need for information regarding art and the urban environment. It aims at being a hospitable and stimulating platform. Starting from this mentality Stroom, in collaboration with other institutions, wants to contribute to the permanent development of the reflection on the city and the part that can be played by the visual arts in this context.

Hogewal 1-9, 2514 HA
Den Haag