DILUTION IN CURACAO, 2016, C-Print on Hahnemuhle paper, 75x50cm each.
From January to May 2016 we were artists in residence at the Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) art school in Curaçao, which is situated on the terrain of the psychiatric institution Klinika Capriles. This residency will result in an experimental film in which we explore the actuality of the concept of ‘dilution’. Dilution was a radical experiment in the Seventies in the Netherlands, which aimed at emancipating people with mental health problems by opening up isolated asylums and having ‘normal’ people live alongside psychiatric patients on the terrain of a psychiatric institution. We have translated this concept into an artistic intervention by researching the imaginative world of psychiatric patients of the Capriles clinic, together with the students of the IBB. The project at the IBB is the last part of a trilogy, which explores the heritage of the anti-psychiatry movement in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The project was supported by the Mondriaan Fund.