Antonio Obá, "Path", site-specific installation at Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, 2022, photo by Gert Jan van Rooij

“Path”: a new site-specific installation by Antonio Obá for Amsterdam’s oldest building

(Amsterdam, NL)

Antonio Obá created a new site-specific installation especially for Amsterdam’s oldest building: the series of monumental works is called Path and can be visited until September 13.

The works presented by artists in the Oude Kerk explore the acoustics of the building, play with the perception of space, or illuminate stories from the centuries-old history of the site in new ways. Antonio Obá’s installation touches on the history of Dutch-Brazil. The Oude Kerk has a direct relationship to this colonial rule. In the Binnenlandvaarderskapel you will find the grave of the Brabant sailor Hendrick Corneliszoon Lonck (1568-1634). His military action as captain general of the West India Company allowed the establishment of the Dutch colony in 1630 in northeastern Brazil. The Oude Kerk is also connected to the history of Brazil and the Transatlantic slave trade in other ways. Sailors and administrators of the WIC (and VOC) were frequent visitors to Oude Kerk. Some served as churchwardens, others were buried there. In the neighborhood around the Oude Kerk were the offices of the trading companies, as well as the sleeping quarters of the sailors. Through the WIC ships, slaves also arrived in the Netherlands and New Amsterdam (present-day New York), where they were at the foundation of new black communities in these cities. Path highlights and questions this shared history.

The installation includes sculptures and paintings. The works are located in symbolic places in the center of the church, including in the high choir and under the organ. In Path, Obá plays with the meaning of religious icons and rituals and reflects on the fusion of cultural traditions as a result of, among other things, colonial history. With his work, Obá investigates the relationship between religion, power and social identity and offers a new perspective on the history of the Oude Kerk.

The commission is curated by Marianna van der Zwaag and Diane Lima and is made possible thanks to the generous contributions of Mondriaan Fonds and Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.

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“Path”, site-specific installation by Antonio Obá
From May 12 until September 13, 2022

Oude Kerk
Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 GX, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Monday till Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday: 1 pm – 5.30 pm
Tel: +31 20 – 625 82 84


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