Spektakolu di Kabes di Kadushi

Spektakolu di Kabes di Kadushi by Steven Jouwersma

Spektakulo di Kabes di Kadushi 2017
(Spectacle of the sweet cactushead ) 

As a performance I made a sculpture from cacti during the carnival parade in Willemstad, Curacao.
I was joined and enormously helped by students of the IBB

With local permission I cut down a 4,5 meter cactus of about 1000 kilo, these big cacti are seen on the island as a weed and grow everywhere. After some experimentation I found a way to hollow out the cactus and harvest cactus skin. I screwed the rotting pieces of cactus skin during the parade on a wooden structure in the shape of a skull.

This performance can be seen as a ritual of some sort by transforming unwanted material and by doing so evoking and cleansing negativity into the form of a cactushead that with his moving jaw is grinding the negative energies away.

The sculpture was later displayed in the center of Willemstad at Casa Moderna.

Supported by the Mondriaan Fund and IBB
Many thanks to all the people involved with pulling, pushing, driving, cutting, presenting and dancing.