🌴: In the forests of Maluku, my tale does unfurl,
nature and people, they whirl.
Sagu tree’s shield
alike, I hide something deep,
In Melanesian hearts,
my secret they keep.
What am I, this
quality strong and yet tender,
A trait in the
hearts that no storm can hinder?
🦎: What are
🌴: I am
soft, and protected by my bark.
Do you know what
motivated the Dutch Metroxylon Sagu tree to exchange letters with a
🦎: Tell me
thought these philosophers were skilled at helping plants uncover their 'root'
🦎: I love
that. I’ve dreamed of settling deeper into my body too.
🌴: Do you
know how the uprooted tree felt about being lost?
🌴: It looked
for the nearest wifi, just to feel connected.📡
Jerrold Saija focuses on unlearning
cycles of harm and suffering caused by colonial history, and its impact on the
Moluccan body. In his artistic practice, he draws from oral history, lived
experiences, archives, memory, mourning, and the pleasures of the Moluccan
body. Saija explores new possibilities around what remains of this history.
Media and methods such as photography, sculpting, 3D modelling, rendering,
printing, clowning and storytelling are used as tools to reconnect with what
has been lost.
P/////AKT is a
non-profit exhibition space for contemporary art that organizes and facilitates
large scale solo presentations through which the audience gets the opportunity
to gain insight in the thinking space of the artists.
a platform for exceptional, emerging artistic talents, who distinguish
themselves through their unique and authentic language and who are capable of
giving a different view on the current way of thinking. They are stimulated to
work out new developments and are given the opportunity to present their work
to a relevant audience. Furthermore, P/////AKT always asks the artists to
produce new work that relates to the specific nature and dimensions of the
given space and to present their own mental space as an overall presentation
within the given context.