Sin City

 

“Sin City” is a multi-media artwork, incorporating digital images, acrylic paint, augmented reality and soundscapes. It is a collaboration between Dutch-born artist Yona Verwer and Polish-born artist Katarzyna Kozera, with sound by Dan Schwarz.


The diptych focuses on Amsterdam’s past and present problems regarding women’s imprisonment. Its current problem is sex trafficking; women held against their will in the Red Light district. The past issue is the mass deportation of Jewish women to the Nazi death camps during World war II.



The images above are works-in-progress. The end result will be slightly different, and the images more integrated with each other.

One painting features women rounded up in the Holocaust; the other features women rounded up today.


The floor panels consist of several small canvas “islands”. Two of those "islands" will be maps of the Wallen (Red light district), the other two will be maps of the Portuguese Synagogue and the Schouwburg.


The wall and floor panels are interactive, accompanied by “augmented reality” images and videos, accessible via smartphones and IPads, to offer additional layers and gleanings that enhance the viewing experience. I intend to install a plexi-glass holder with an IPad, attached to the wall with a cable and lock, for visitors to view the hidden videos.


AUGMENTED REALITY:

The videos are not viewable with the naked eye, only with a smart phone or IPad. They are short: about 1.5 minute each. The videos inside the Holocaust painting feature images such as  the February Strike, Nazi anti-semitism in Amsterdam, Westerbork, the Schouwburg, Amsterdam’s Jewish Quarter, the Snoge.

The embedded video sounds are provided by Dan Schwartz, musician in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. His recital centers around the February Strike of 1941, which happened in Amsterdam, and was the only direct strike against Nazi occupation, carried out by thousands of Dutch, non-Jews. He field recorded ambient sound from the actual locations where the strike occurred and composed an electronic soundscape.

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This installation will be featured in the exhibition: STATIONS OF THE CROSS AMSTERDAM – TROUBLED WATERS.

An Exhibition across Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 15 iconic destinations.

6 March – 21 April 2019


Curators: Aaron Rosen, Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker and Aniko Ouweneel-Tóth


Exhibition website: http://www.artstations.org


One of the 15 destinations will host the collaboration between artists Katarzyna Kozera and Yona Verwer.



MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:


The project takes inspiration from the tradition of the Stations of the Cross, which represent 14 events along Jesus’ final journey through Jerusalem—from his condemnation to crucifixion and burial. In Amsterdam we have added a 15th station, a resurrection station. This exhibition will chart its own Via Dolorosa, or Way of Suffering, with stops in 14+1 sites across the city of Amsterdam. It will weave through secular as well as religious spaces, including the Rijksmuseum, Oude Kerk, Keizersgrachtkerk, Amsterdam Museum, St Nicolaaskerk, and the Oude Lutherse Kerk/Aula University of Amsterdam.

The exhibition will focus on Amsterdam’s historic identity as a port-city. The sea can be a place of miracles—as the Bible teaches—but it is also the site of trauma. Syrian refugees have attempted perilous crossings of the Mediterranean to escape their country’s civil war. Young people have arrived in Europe via shipping containers, only to be enslaved in sex-work. And rising water temperatures caused by climate change have led to unprecedented natural disasters, especially impacting the poor.

Instead of easy answers, Stations aims to provoke the passions: artistically, spiritually, and ethically. Visitors will be encouraged to take this journey using our custom app, Alight, which offers GPS-enabled maps and podcasts from leading artists and thinkers to guide users on their way.  Each of the 14+1 stations will feature a work of art, whether an existing masterpiece or a new site-specific installation. 

Amsterdam will be the fourth location for the Stations of the Cross project.  It began in London in 2016, with stops including the National Gallery and St. Paul’s Cathedral.  In 2017, it was held in Washington, D.C., with stations at the National Cathedral and across from the Supreme Court. In New York City it will feature The Cloisters (the Metropolitan Museum) and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.  The project is co-founded by Professor Aaron Rosen and the Rev. Dr. Catriona Laing, both based in the US.

The Amsterdam exhibition will be organized by Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker (ArtWay, curator) and Anikó Ouweneel-Tóth (Visio Divina, curator), Rev. Klaas Holwerda (PKN, program director), and Dr. Lieke Wijnia (University of Groningen, education coordinator)

WAYS TO TAKE THE STATIONS TRAIL:

To help you find your way, you can use the map, or download the custom-made app Alight: Art and the Sacred, which will guide you around by GPS. On both our website and app you can find podcasts by leading artists, academics, and clergy that tell you more about each station and its work of art.


Website Stations

London 2016: http://www.coexisthouse.org.uk/stations2016.html 

Washington DC 2017: http://www.coexisthouse.org.uk/stations-2017.html

New York 2018: http://www.artstations.org


 

Interactive installation

by artists Katarzyna Kozera and Yona Verwer.