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flying kites

with CAESUUR Middelburg with De VASIM Nijmegen

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Content Invitation letter Making the kites

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Flying the kites on Saturday, October 20 in Vlissingen | the beach Exhibition on the beach in Vlissingen on Saturday, October 20

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Exhibitions in ruimteCAESUUR Nico Out in the regional paper PZC [ 10/11’/’18 ] about the project [ Dutch ]

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Flying the kites on Sunday, November 20 in Nijmegen | De Vasim

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Included in the standard book on kite flying 'De Vliegerende Hollander' / ‘The Kite Flying Dutchman’ cultural history of the Dutch kite imagination from 1600 on Gert-Jan Johannes and Inger Leemans. Prometheus Amsterdam publisher, 2020, ISBN 978 446 463 9 Tekst in English and Dutch

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First European image of a diamond-shaped kite, Middelburg, Abdijplein 1618 From: Kites, David Pelham, 1977 [ Dutch version ] , ISBN 90 6210 067 8


Colophon Participating artists: from Pakistan Mehreen Hashmi from Gaza / Palestine Mohammed alHawajri, Dina Mattar and Raed Issa from Germany / Danmark Jörn Burmester From Belgium jen gossé, Frie J. Jacobs and Jan Verhaeghen From the Netherlands Leni van den Berge, Ko de Jonge, Dani Ploeger, leon riekwell, Loek Grootjans, Ingrid Rollema, Hans Overvliet, Stef Fridael, Robin Weijers, Harriët Rademakers and Rinus Roepman thanks to all the artists, Michiel van Amerongen teamCAESUUR | Middelburg [ www.caesuur.nu ]: Willy van Houtum, Giel Louws and Dani Ploeger Nijmegen De VASIM [ www.devasim.nl ] Jac.Splinter, Hans Gloudemans Thanks to Willy van Houtum, Loek Overvliet, the city poet of Nijmegen Amal Karam

Catalogue Hans Overvliet Photo’s Vlissingen Leni van den Berge, Toon Truyens, Paul de Ruiter, Giel Louws, Ko de Jonge, Hans Overvliet, Loek Grootjans, Dirk Van der Wal, Jack van Aspert, Alex Soplantila, leon riekwell Photo’s Nijmegen Marten en Hans Overvliet, Gerard Verschooten


Invitation letter Dear colleague artist, In 2010, thousands of children in Gaza improved the Guinness Record Kite (kite flying record) that they themselves had established in 2009. 7,202 Children and as many pilots & kites participated in this event, organized by UNRWA, the Palestinian refugee organization of the United Nations. In 2018, people in Gaza use kite flying as a cheerful political statement of protest, occasionally alternated with an attempt of actual resistance to underscore the 70-years remembering of the Nakba - the Disaster. The term Al-Nakba refers to the 1948 war with Israel. A war with the current disastrous consequences for the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. With their protests, the Palestinians support their demand for returning to their villages and cities. A requirement, incidentally, that is recognized by numerous internationally recognized organizations, including the U.N. As said: sometimes kites are used as a weapon of resistance. This is regarded by one of the best armed countries in the world - including possessing the nuclear weapon - as an existential danger: kite terrorism. A concept that is lustfully propagated by the corporate media all over the world. Israeli drones apparently cannot control the pilots & these kites, so the Israeli parliament called on the army in order, by sharpshooters, to shoot children who are playing with kites . As you may know, since December 2012 I have been working on a work in progress DISTANT SUFFERING. In this context, combined with the new direction of ruimte(space)CAESUUR, I propose a collaborative project with a number of artists. I want to create an exhibition consisting of kites, made by some 20 colleague artists who have expressed a critical attitude towards social developments in the past and / or identified themselves with my work. The exhibition has two moments: the kites are air born on Saturday, October 20 at 4 o'clock in Vlissingen during a heavenly vernissage, whether by the artists themselves or our friends, and subsequently shown in ruimteCAESUUR. Afterwards, the exhibition might find accommodation elsewhere with the help of the invited artists. Hereby I ask you if you want to participate in my project. When I get a positive answer from you, I will send you a sheet of paper with the out-line of a kite. In this case the model concerns a symmetrical improvisation on the Japanese Rokkaku, the so-called libanese model. The paper is artisan (Washi), made in Japan: Inshu Kozo, 56 grams, color white. The gross size of the sent sheet is 98 by 98 cm. My question is to work your art on that sheet in your own way. In my studio I assemble your work into a final kite. Last but not least. As a homo technologus, I try to act as the perfect organizer of this project. However, since the wind plays a decisive role, some uncertainty remains. So also the (slight) chance that one of the pilots crashes on its first flight or that there is so little wind that the kites do not want to fly. As a homo ludens you should take that risk for granted. I am still thinking about the title. I invite all invited participants to this exhibition to come up with suggestions for a correct one. I am very curious about your answer. with warm regards Hans Overvliet


making the kites





Vlissingen | October 20, 2018









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Stef Fridael


leon riekwell


Mohammed alHawajri


Dina Mattar


Raed Issa


Jรถrn Burmester


jen gossĂŠ


Jan Verhaeghen


Frie J. Jacobs


Leni van den Berge


Ko de Jonge


Dani Ploeger


Mehreen Hashmi


Loek Grootjans


Ingrid Rollema


Hans Overvliet


Robin Weijers


HarriĂŤt Rademakers


Rinus Roepman


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Nico Out in the regional paper PZC [ 10/11’01 ] about the project





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Included in the standard book on kite flying ‘The Flying Dutchman’ Opgenomen in het standaardboek over vliegeren 'De Vliegende Hollander' 57

Included in the standard book on kite flying 'De Vliegerende Hollander' / ‘The Kite Flying Dutchman’ cultural history of the Dutch kite imagination from 1600 on Gert-Jan Johannes and Inger Leemans. Prometheus Amsterdam publisher, 2020, ISBN 978 446 463 9 Gaza and Vlíssingen Almost four centuries after an image of an Ambonese fishing kite appeared in a Dutch book, and three centuries after the blind seer Rumphius wrote about it in his Amboinsch herb-book - the fish kite was reinvented in a Dutch children's book. Itnow had become an eco-friendly reminder of a world where you could fish without a permit from Brussels' fishing quotas. A world without politics. But such a world without politics only exists in children's books. This became clear once again when the Zeeland artist Hans Overvliet organized a kite project for the Middelburg gallery Caesuur in 2018. In the 70th year of the state of Israel, Overvliet asked twenty artists from home and abroad to create a work of art on a hexagonal sheet of Japanese paper that could be converted into a kite. The resulting pkites were launched on October 20, 2018 on the Vlissingen beach. The artist wanted to recall the fact that in 2011 the Guinness record for the largest number of simultaneously launched kites was set by children from the Gaza Strip: 12.35 kites remained in the air for the required 30 seconds at a time. A nice action, but Overvliet also pointed to a less pleasant side of kite flying in Gaza: `` On the other hand, kites are used to fly flammable materials and small explosives to Israeli territory and cause damage there. '' The intention was that the kite artworks would contribute to constructive thinking about such ambivalences. That did not work very well. Some spectators thought they saw swastikas and anti-Semitic messages on the kites, and others even saw a bomb explosion where one of the artists wanted to depict a vagina. There was a fuss in local politics. The planned revival of the event, a few days later, was canceled. As the initiator remarked: "It makes little sense that I will tell on the boulevard what the kites are for, when people who think we should be shot in the legs, as I read on social media , threaten to come." Almost a hundred years after the kite competition of Jacob Israël de Haan, the Vlissingen kite project made it painfully clear that peace in the Middle East was still a long way off. It also raised a question that had often been asked in the confrontation between the Western and the Eastern world: is the kite an innocent piece of children's toy, a symbol of innocence and hope, or is it a means of fighting?


Opgenomen in het standaardboek over vliegeren 'De Vliegerende Hollander' cultuurgeschiedenis van de Nederlandse vliegerverbeelding vanaf 1600 Gert-Jan Johannes en Inger Leemans Prometheus Amsterdam uitgeverij, 2020, ISBN 978 446 463 9 Gaza en Vlíssingen Zo werd - bijna vier eeuwen nadat een afbeelding van een Ambonese visvlieger verscheen in een Nederlands boek, en drie eeuwen nadat de blinde ziener Rumphius ,erover schreef in zijn Amboinsch kruid-boek - de visvlieger in een Nederlands kinderboek opnieuw uitgevonden. Hij was nu een milieuvriendelijke herinnering geworden aan een wereld waarin je kon vissen zonder vergunning de visquota van Brussel'. Een wereld zonder politiek. Maar zo’n wereld zonder politiek bestaat alleen in kinderboeken. Dat bleek weer eens toen de Zeeuwse kunstenaar Hans Overvliet in 2018 een vliegerproject organiseerde voor de Middelburgse galerie Caesuur. In het jaar dat de staat Israël zeventig jaar bestond, vroeg Overvliet twintig kunstenaars uit binnen- en buitenland om een kunstwerk te maken op een zeskantig vel Japans papier dat kon worden omgebouwd tot vlieger. De resulterende vliegers werden op 20 oktober 2018 opgelaten op het Vlissingse strand. De kunstenaar wilde herinneren aan het feit dat in 2011 het Guinness-record voor het grootste aantal gelijktijdig opgelaten vliegers werd verbeterd door kinderen uit de Gazastrook: 12.35o vliegers bleven de vereiste 3o seconden tegelijk in de lucht. Een leuke actie, maar Overvliet wees ook op een minder prettige kant van het vliegeren in Gaza: ‘Anderzijds worden vliegers gebruikt om brandbare materialen en kleine explosieven naar Israëlisch grondgebied te laten vliegen en daar schade aan te richten.’ De bedoeling was dat de vliegerkunstwerken zouden bijdragen aan een opbouwende gedachtenvorming over zulke ambivalenties. Dat lukte niet erg. Sommige toeschouwers meenden hakenkruisen en antisemitische boodschappen op de vliegers te ontwaren, en anderen zagen zelfs een bomexplosie waar een van de kunstenaars een vagina had willen weergeven. In de plaatselijke politiek ontstond ophef. De geplande reprise van de manifestatie, enkele dagen later, werd afgeblazen. Zoals de initiatiefnemer opmerkte: 'Het heeft weinig zin dat ik op de boulevard ga roepen waar de vliegers voor staan, als er alleen mensen op af komen die vinden dat wij in onze benen moeten worden geschoten, zoals ik op sociale media las’ Bijna honderd jaar na de vliegerwedstrijd van Jacob Israël de Haan maakte het Vlissingse vliegerproject pijnlijk duidelijk dat de vrede in het Midden-Oosten nog altijd ver weg was. Ook riep het weer een vraag op die in de confrontatie tussen de westerse en de oosterse wereld al vaak was gesteld: is de vlieger nu een onschuldig stukje kinderspeelgoed, symbool van onschuld en hoop, of is het een middel om een strijd te voeren?


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