Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum crawling with giant ants

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By breaking art work conventions, “House Taken,” by Colombian artist Rafael Gomezbarros, desires to attract consideration to migration and compelled displacement.

Inspired by the Colombian battle between the federal government and guerrilla teams which started in 1964 and compelled thousands and thousands of Colombian residents to go away their houses, the our bodies of Gomezbarros’s ants are made from two casts of human skulls, representing each victims and perpetrators, Gomezbarros informed Reuters.

Rafael Gomezbarros, Rafael Gomezbarros exhibition, Rafael Gomezbarros Rijksmuseum The exhibition Casa Tomada from artist Rafael Gomezbarros is displayed at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. (REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw)

The ants’ legs are sticks from Jasmine bushes, used throughout the battle to cowl the our bodies of victims to masks the scent of loss of life.

The which means of “House Taken,” which has beforehand proven in Colombia, Bolivia, the United States and Sweden, modifications over time relying on its viewers, he mentioned.

People migrate for various causes, Gomezbarros added, reminiscent of “a rustic in chapter, warfare or lack of alternatives.”

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“The ants symbolise the industriousness, resilience and cooperative spirit of individuals”, Rijksmuseum curator Julia Kantelberg defined, including that letting folks make their very own associations is a part of the art work’s purpose.

“Casa Tomada” is a component of a bigger exhibition, “Crawly Creatures”, which can begin Sept. 30 and run up till Jan. 15, 2023. It focuses on the ever-changing perceptions of crawly creatures, reminiscent of ants but additionally toads, snakes and spiders, within the arts and sciences.

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