Monochromatic, Ajrakh DNA pattern sequences & Nail Strings
Antonio José Guzman in collaboration with Textiel Factorij, Iva Jankovic (Mids), Sukor and Sufiyan Khatri
A decade ago Antonio Guzman joined the Genographic Project, an initiative of National Geographic that studies the DNA of thousands of people, helping them to find their ancestry. Guzman found his roots are African, Sephardi Jew and Native American. For a presentation at the Habana Biennial, the artist constructed with Amsterdam’s barrel organist Leon Perlee an organ book with his DNA, the book was played during the Biennial with a Cuban Barrel Organ. The barrel organ book was scanned, and the artist made banners and sculptures with extracts of his DNA sequence, which is exactly the same sequence that Guzman used for the block prints made in India. The artist did extensive research on the Spakenburg Indian chintz kraplap, a women’s traditional cloth that formed an integral part of the traditional wear for women in the villages of Spakenburg and Bunschoten. The selected kraplappen, part of the collection of the Zuiderzee Museum, are made of indigo painted patterns and red madras textile. The project it’s been developed with a textile printing master in India.
The Monochromatic series will be shown in Nieuw Dakota together with Guzman’s Dukkha Series, in which an assemblage of geometric thread and photo sculptures with influences of Constructivism come together with the culture of the Congolese Diaspora in Panama. The installation at Nieuw Dakota shows us a fascinating universe in which cultural influences from all over the globe come together: the enigmatic anatomy drawings by Jean-Michel Basquiat meet geometrical textile prints from northern India, which merge with the ritual ‘cosmos drawings’ by Günther Uecker as well as the nail patterns in Congolese Nkisi figures.
Opening: October 15th, 4-6 pm
Exhibition: October 15 – November 19
Public Program: October 28: During the 24 hours Amsterdam Noord, the artists invite us to a 15 minute performance with tropical sounds, poems, a live barrel organ and visuals related to the installation.
This project is kindly supported by: