material: rosewood, epoxy, metal
dimensions: 350 x 80 x 80
When I watched the murder of George Floyd on television (May 25, 2020), it was clear immediately that this marked a turning point in world history. It shocked the world and it shocked me. Worldwide protests started and I too felt the need to protest. I asked myself: 'What is my position as a white man, born in Western Europe? Am I entitled to say something about this? Wrestling with this, my conclusion was that even I had to say something about it.
Part of the system
This moment in time not only marks a horrible human drama, it also reveals the working of a system. I am a part of this system of institutional racism and therefore I am also part of the problem.
I have captured this event, which gave this institutional racism such a clear image, in a custom-made case, because I too am guilty of institutional racism. The least I can do, is to be very aware of this and to relate to it. This is why I have chosen a fragment of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the title of this work:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
With this work, a suitcase with a symbolic content, I give this event a skin as border. It is now up to all of us to relate in our own way and reflect on what we can and should do with this content.