On Thursday 29 August, the new statue of Tirzo Martha, The dematerialization of the five commandments in the five senses, is revealed in the city center of The Hague. It is the most recent acquisition for The Image Gallery, the annually changing outdoor collection of 40 images, compiled by Stroom Den Haag.
Everyday objects play the leading role in Tirzo Martha’s sculptural work. By removing the used objects from their existing context, the artist invites us to rediscover the meaning of the objects. Martha’s use of objects such as a barbecue, afro combs and a pisspot incite unspoken associations. The work The dematerialization of the five commandments in the five senses is largely cast in bronze with some components of concrete and rubber. Because the objects change not only in function but also in material, their value and existence are underlined once again.
This year, Tirzo Martha was unanimously chosen as the winner of the 11th Wilhelminaring – the oeuvre prize for Dutch sculpture. He is honored as an artist who stands up for urgent political issues with the help of his artworks. However, he himself notes: “I have a goal and my work has a goal, they belong together, but do not always come together.” The dematerialization of the five commandments in the five senses is also open to interpretation and wide-ranging experiences. .
Prior to the unveiling of The dematerialization of the five commandments in the five senses, an in-depth program will take place from 4 p.m. in the Filmhuis Den Haag, Spui 191. Rob Perrée, writer / curator, will give a short lecture on the work of Tirzo Martha. Then Adi Martis, art historian, talks to the artist. After the program at the Filmhuis, a Tambú group will perform with Caribbean percussion music. At 6 pm the statue will be unveiled in front of the entrance to the town hall, Spui 70, The Hague.
About Tirzo Martha
Tirzo Martha (Curaçao, 1965) lives and works in Curaçao and the Netherlands. Recent exhibitions are: Tirzo Martha: No Excuses !, Museum Images Aan Zee, The Hague (2017); African Servants At The Hague Court, Historical Museum of The Hague, The Hague (2017); All You can Art II, Kunsthal, Rotterdam (2017) and in collaboration with IFFR Black Rebels, V2, Rotterdam, (2017).