Harbour of Action and Research at Sea

Group exhibition at Corridor Project Space_Amsterdam_July/August 2020
with Suzanne Bernhardt, Aude Mgba, Alonso Vasquez and Ribal El Khatib.

The Harbor of Action and Research at Sea is an initiative by Idées Clandestines in which Olivier Delebecque, Suzanne Bernhardt, Alonso Vazquez and Aude Christel Mgba unfold the topic of contemporary oceanic migration in relation to the sailing history of the Netherlands.

Harbor of Action and Research at Sea departs from a forgotten and illegal Dutch narrative of sailing migration: The Engelandvaarders. This was the name given to the Dutch who tried to reach England and free- dom during World War II. In September 1941, two brothers, Han and Willem Peteri, escaped from the occupied Netherlands in a self-built folding sailing-canoe, leaving from Katwijk aan Zee to reach England 5 days later. In 2020, the artists wonder: what can such a sailing passage reveal regarding the concept of Freedom of Movement?

My work reflected on the design and construction of a prototype boat adapted to the weather condition of Northern Seas and easy to find materials. The main concern was to work within a limited budget, a limited amount of time, a collaborative sphere open to the exchange of knowledge. The type of boat chose was a Prao for it is easy to build, transport and assemble. This boat was exhibited as a tool of reflection; challenging our perception of landscape, borders and the concept of clandestinity within the European region. The design of the Proa comes from Gary Dierking drawings. The colors of the dazzle camouflage was chosen within Valerie van Leersum works: Colors of the North Sea. The dazzle camouflage itself was drawn by visual artist Joakim Derlow. Finally the sail was made during a workshop at Corridor PS with kite surf specialist Raimundo Marque Alexandrino.

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Excerpt of Bordeland_Director: Suzanne Bernhardt/Camera: Olivier Delebecque