Doll Box Coffins

Van Mensvoort
February 18th 2010

This interactive piece called Boys & Girls was made by artist Job Koelewijn, who invites people to take place in the life size coffin–style Barbie & Ken packages, where they are spectated as seemingly lifeless dolls by the rest of the audience. The experience is somewhat uncanny, but I can't think of a better place to reflect upon your own personal level of 'cultivation' as a human being.

The work is currently on display at the conversation-starting-and-altogether-lustrous NIET NORMAAL exhibition in Amsterdam (NL). Besides coffin-style doll boxes the expo also includes works of known Next Nature explorers like Floris Kaayk, Mieke Gerrizen and myself. Thus recommended, nice catalogue too.

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