Published On: Thu, Jan 17th, 2013

Multidisciplinary art project: Milk Drops

WILLEMSTAD – The Venezuelan-Aruban artist Nelson Gonzalez will start the multidisciplinary art project Milk Drops next Monday. Together with Patrick Thompson, Tuesday Irwin and Andre Le Grand , he will elucidate on the history of the former Netherlands Antilles – via ‘oral history’ – and in particular illustrate the traditions round birth.The purpose of the project is to revive the collective memory round traditions of birth. Traditions such as the role of breastfeeding, yaya (nannies), untrained wet-nurse. These will be spotlighted via video-art, photography, poetry and music. The team is multidisciplinary. Patrick Thompson works with video and photography. Tuesday Irwin does the texts and Andre Le Grand the music part.

The most important purpose of Milk Drops is stimulating racial integration via art. The artists also want to show that despite the slavery past and the racial differences the Caribbean Islands live together peacefully. This is a characteristic of this geographic area.


The project will take place at Musea Tula. The first phase of the project begins in the week of January 14th to 21st. The project partners from Aruba, Curaçao and the Netherlands will sign a collaboration agreement in the first week. The artists also seek mothers who breastfeed their child at the moment. An art manifest will be held on Saturday, January 19th at four p.m. The mothers and their children will play a role here. The idea is have a mother breastfeed her child, then let another mother burp the baby and a third mother cradle the child. With this the artists want to show that everyone is responsible for each others children. “Your child is my child’. Volunteers can enter via Museao Tula at telephone number: 888-6396, and are then expected next Saturday at two p.m.

At the end of the project, a catalogue with text, illustrations and profiles of the artists will be presented. Milk Drops is subsidized by the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, Mondriaan Fund in cooperation with the Avila Hotel.

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