Jan van Eden
Inauguracion 26th November
Jan van Eden (Voorburg, 1942) vive y trabaja alternativamente desde
sus estudios en Amsterdam y Sabayes (España).
La exposición se podrá ver hasta el 15 de enero de 2023.
Emma Goldman (June 27, 1869 - May 14, 1940) was a
political activist and writer. She played a pivotal role in the development of
anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of
the 20th century.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936-2018), South
African anti-apartheid activist and the second wife of Nelson Mandela. The ANC
leadership, to clear the path to power, issued Nelson Mandela an ultimatum:
'Winnie or the presidency'. Winnie went as far as describing Mandela as a
sellout and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a sham acting on behalf
of Stratcom (Strategic Communications, an agency to create and spread false
narratives against political enemies).
Prince Piotr Alekséyevich Kropotkin was a
geographer and naturalist, as well as a Russian political thinker. He is
considered to be one of the main theoreticians of the anarchist movement.
Kropotkin was born in Moscow on December 9, 1842, into a noble family and died
on February 8, 1921.
Frantz Omar Fanon (1925, Martinic - 1961, Argelia) was a political radical, Pan-Africanist
humanist and Marxist concerned with the psychopathology of colonization and the
human, social and cultural consequences of decolonization.
Rosa Luxemburg (Polish: Róża Luksemburg) was born
in 1871 in Russian-controlled Poland y executed in Berlin 1919. Foreseeing the
First World War, she vigorously attacked what she saw as German militarism and
Martin Thembisile Hani (1942 – assassinated 10
April 1993) Desde 1967 comisario político en el Ejército Revolucionario del
Pueblo de Zimbabwe, mas tarde líder del brazo armado del ANC y líder comunista
popular, assasinado en vísperas de las primeras elecciones democráticas en
As long as we inhabit a capitalist democracy, a
future of racial equality, gender equality and economic equality will elude us,
Angela Davis, 2019
Stephen Bantu Biko (18 de diciembre de 1946 -
murió en detención policial en 1977) fue un activista sudafricano contra el
apartheid. Ideológicamente un socialista africano, influenciado por el filósofo
martinicano Frantz Fanon.
José Julián Martí y Pérez, (1853, Havana, Cuba —
1895, Dos Ríos), was a Cuban poet and essayist, patriot and martyr, who became
the symbol of Cuba's struggle for independence from Spain. He died on the
battlefield. His goal was to die in battle and not in bed.
Gerta Pohorylle (August 1, 1910 – July 26, 1937),
known professionally as Gerda Taro, was a photographer active during the Spaish
Civil War and was killed while reporting from the front lines. The name "Robert
Capa" was originally an alias that Taro and Capa (born Endre Friedmann) shared.
Patrice Émery Lumumba (1925 - 1960) was the Prime
Minister of the independent Republic of the Congo from June to September 1960.
In 2002, Belgium formally apologized for its role in overseeing Lumumba's
Patrice Émery Lumumba (1925 – 1960) was
a Congolese politician and independence leader who served as the first Prime
Minister of the independent Republic of the Congo from June until September
1960. He played a significant role in the transformation of the Congo from a
colony of Belgium into an independent republic. Ideologically an African
nationalist and Pan-Africanist, he led the Congolese
National Movement (MNC) party from 1958
until his assassination.
France's ambassador in Léopoldville maintained
a certain bemused distance when Belgian King Baudouin handed over power to
Lumumba at a solemn ceremony on 30 June 1960. The king lauded the "genius of
King Léopold II", whose rule of the colony had achieved international notoriety.
Lumumba, on the other hand, delivered a "violent diatribe against the regime of
exploiters, executioners and colonialists" and the "humiliating slavery that was
forced upon us", addressing the Congolese people and not the king, who, visibly
embarrassed, "talked to his neighbours".
While the French ambassador expressed his admiration for the 35-year-old former
leader of the independence struggle, whom he described as "skilful, agressive
and courageous", very different from the "bland politicians around him". Lumumba
personified the Congolese nation, he commented, unlike the "uncouth clan chiefs"
bogged down in their "self-interest and their traditional hatreds". But the
ambassador also warned that Lumumba could become "the strong man of Congo within
a few months", which he judged to be both good and bad news - on the one hand he
had the qualities of a statesman but on the other it was "worrying when one
thinks of his admiration for [Kwame] Nkrumah and [Gamal Abdel] Nasser".
Belgium formally apologised for its role overseeing the assassination of
Vanessa Redgrave (1937) – actress and political
activist. Redgrave's support for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was
a source of controversy throughout her career. Redgrave defended her position,
saying that "the fight against anti-Semitism and the self-determination of the
Palestinians form a whole." In 2017, Redgrave made her directorial debut with a
documentary about the European migrant crisis, strongly criticizing the British
government's policy of exclusion towards refugees.
Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis (1846 – 1919),
started out as a Lutheran pastor. Was elected to the parlement in 1888, but
turned away from parliamentary democracy and is considered the founder of
socialism and anarchism in the Netherlands.
Malcolm Little (1925-assesinated in 1964) better
known as Malcolm X, American human rights activist. Declaring opposition to the
Korean war in letter from prison to President Truman.
Our leaders planning the nuclear
armageddon, bottom, 2019,
Oil and acrylic on linen, 120x180 cm
political activist Daniel Elsberg, who released the Pentagon Papers in
1971 that revealed the secret US government study in relation to the Vietnam
War, published “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner”
in 2020. He paints a doom picture of the future, unless we immediately engage in
negotiations with other nuclear armed nations to strengthen the nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and begin the dismantling of the Doomsday Machine
that is programmed to destroy as much life as possible on the planet once global
nuclear war begins — a perilously close possibility under the current postures
and protocols of nuclear-armed governments.
Oil and acrylic on cotton, 150x120 cm
In the painting
Kennisoverdracht (Transfer of knowledge), he expresses the free and chaotic
thinking in the university world. The female teacher is his personal association
with acquiring knowledge. A way of thinking that has given the world unconscious
knowledge that brings our survival to the edge of an abyss. The innocence of
scientists resulting in the birth of Frankenstein. For JvE personally, this is a
nostalgic emotional expression of his studies at the University of Groningen,
where he graduated in 1964 for his bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics,
including Nuclear Physics.
Cuito Cuanavale 1988, end of apartheid, 2021,
Oil on linen, 124x55 cm
The end of
Apartheid in South Africa
In March 1988,
concerning the battle of Cuito Cuanavale (Southern Angola), the U.S. Defence
Intelligence agency conceded that the Cubans had “complete air superiority”. The
South Africans were losing the war in Angola, which led to the accords signed on
22 December 1988 at the United Nations in New York by the Foreign ministers of
Angola, Cuba and the Republic of South Africa. As a consequence South West
Africa (Namibia) and Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) would gain independence, Mandela was
freed and the apartheid in South Africa came to its end.
(Jan & Pepa's) involvement with Angola started when we lived there, at the time
of decolonisation and independence in 1974.
Brothers in arms, Fidel, Mandela, Gaddafi, 2019,
Oil and acrylic on cotton, 40x92x5 cm
Billie Holliday – Strange Fruit, 2022,
Oil on Cotton, 150x195
Southern trees bear
a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees
Pastoral scene of the gallant south
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh
Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the tree to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop
In March 1939, a 23-year-old
Billie Holiday walked up to the mic at West 4th's Cafe Society in New York
City to sing her final song of the night. Per her request, the waiters stopped
serving and the room went completely black, save for a spotlight on her face.
And then she sang, softly in her raw and emotional voice: "Southern trees bear a
strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black body swinging in
the Southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees..."
When Holiday finished, the spotlight turned
off. When the lights came back on, the stage was empty. She was gone. And per
her request, there was no encore.
This was how
Holiday performed "Strange Fruit," which she would determinedly sing for the
next 20 years until her untimely death at the age of 44. Holiday may have
popularized "Strange Fruit" and turned it into a work of art, but it was a
Jewish communist teacher and civil rights activist from the Bronx, Abel
Meeropol, who wrote it, first as a poem, then later as a song.
Greta Garbo - in close-up, 2019,
Acrylic on linen, 20x20 cm
Marilyn Monroe - in close-up,
2019, Acrylic on linen, 20x20 cm
Jeanne Moreau - in close-up,
2019, Acrylic on linen, 20x20 cm
Lya Lys in l'lAge d'Or de Luis Bunuel, 2018,
Oil on thin cotton, 120x150x5 cm, € 3.800
Lys was born Nathalie Margoulis in Berlin on 18 May 1908 (IMDb gives her birth
name as Natalia Lyecht) to a Russian banker and French pediatrician who moved to
Paris when she was about seven. She was educated in France and Switzerland and
later studied language at the
In the late 1920s, Lya Lys was among a group of French actors that included
who were brought to Hollywood by
to work on films intended for the French market.
In 1930, Lys returned to Paris to star in
(1930), considered by many as her most memorable performance. She then returned
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