Testament of Hope and Failure
Tirzo Martha's altarpiece of twelve monitors with two watching saints shows the attempts, illusions and failures of a figure who presents himself as a hero, holy man and the hope of humanity. He has even started to believe this himself. Pride obscures his view of reality, so that he not only underestimates others but ignores them.
Twelve monitors, placed horizontally and vertically, form an altarpiece with two saints looking on. They show the attempts, illusions and failures of one figure, who presents himself as holy man, hero and the hope of his fellows and has even started believing that himself. Pride obscures his view of reality, as a result of which he underestimates his fellows, but also ignores them. In the end, he ends up the focus of attention himself. This work is part of the series You’re OK for a Black Fellow.
Tirzo Martha investigates and comments on social and political shortcomings in the Curaçaoan and Caribbean community. He not only focuses on his social and political commitment in his own work, but also beyond. With the Institute IBB (Instituto Buena Bista), co-founded with artist David Bade, he offers a preliminary education to young people who want a creative career. It is an expression of the practical idealism with which he hopes to realise positive changes.Thu 26 Jan to Sat 4 Feb, 11:00-20:30, V2_, free admissionFor all exhibitions, performances, video works and (interactive) installations, also see IFFR.com/expo.