Artist Jasper Niens’ impressive Under the Mango Tree installation is specially made for this exhibition. It is a pavilion that provides a meeting place for the public programme and the community. “Under the Mango Tree is inspired by the mango trees under which communities in Africa come together to share their stories with one another. A holistic and spiritual setting where everyone is welcome”, the singer enthusiastically explains. “It is a safe space, where stories, thoughts, and visions are shared.” The pavilion’s dome embraces the public and offers security through its circular forms. It is a technical masterpiece built using a unique system of steel and wood that Niens has been developing for two years and is now applying for the first time.
In addition to Niens, there are also other artists, such as Brian Elstak, who takes inspiration from hip-hop culture and comics. He uses his pencil as a weapon and depicts an alternative universe to which the younger generation can identify. Dutch-Panamanian audio-visual artist Antonio Su Guzman presents The Supreme Exodus, which combines images of Latin-American migration and demonstrations with graphic representations of his DNA. Starke is also providing a platform for young talents such as Rasheed Vlijter, Sandim Mendes, and Kevin Osepa.
In the video installation Santos, Osepa contrasts contemporary life with the spiritual world. The public can also dream away in the clouds of design duo Mickael Martins & Caroline Escaffre, or savour a new installation about self-healing powers by Sara Nuytemans. Charl Landvreugd’s contribution presents the connection between ethnicity, nationality, and locality, which converge in Dutch society.