ZOMERSALON 2020 CBK Zuid Oost Amsterdam
Material: paper. Transparant fotosheet. Photograph. Size: 1,20/1,70
Fragments part 1
2015 – 2020
The head is that of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten (1353-1336 BC).
He is known as a nonconformist. For instance, he rejected the polytheistic worship of many deities in favour of a monotheistic religion with one god. Sun god Aton was at the helm of his empire. He also allowed himself to be portrayed in intimate settings in sculptures and hieroglyphs, which was totally unusual at the time.
Akhenaten was written out of history by the pharaohs, but intensive research into the Egyptian empire has been bringing his history to light.
I have been fascinated by Egyptian culture all my life, and the head of Akhnaton obsessed me in particular. I have painted and drawn it endlessly. Eventually, I took a photo of a painting of his head and printed it in negative.
The head, the place where our mental materials are stored. In this work, I have embedded fragments of thoughts that have sparked new thoughts and continue to shape my future. Because the visual materials are placed behind, I can always change them – something that is not so easy in reality.