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.
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. After some experimentation I found a way to hollow out the cactus. I screwed the pieces of cactus skin that came from this process on the wooden structure during the parade.

Without warning, and for undisclosed reasons, we were kicked out mid way through the parade by the carnival organization. I wrote a letter to the carnival director to create a dialogue and inquire as to the reasons for our expulsion. I handed it to him in person; he accepted and promised to answer. An answer never came. He explained in the newspaper that creativity has no limits, but to stay far away from any political content.

Many people in Curacao indicated to me they did not agree with the director’s decision. My role as a visiting artist was played out at this point. I was in the words of locals" accidentelly political". 

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.