'The Island of the Colorblind'
Which artwork would you recommend us to see this week?
'The Island of the Colorblind' a video installation by Sanne de Wilde. You’ll find it in EYE filmmuseum till Saturday, next to the entrance of the Locus exhibition.
Can you tell us more about the work?
'The Island of the Colorblind' is an installation about Pingelap, an island in the pacific Ocean were most islanders are colorblind. After a catastrophic typhoon there were only a few survivors. One of them was the King, who carried the rare gen that causes colourblindness. He got many children what caused a community where most people started to see the world in black and white.
What do you like about the work?
The artist makes you not only look at a colorblinded community, but actually experience the phenomena. In the installation you hear stories of locals while colouring in a black and white photo. The light in the room changes, what gives you the experience of being colorblinded as the colors of your drawing change.
I like how multi interpretable the work is. The image with the boat could refer to a boat with refugees, but also colourblindness can be poetically interpreted as a step towards a more equal society not judging on skin tones.
The video installation was made after a photo series by Sanne de Wilde. The photographer visited Pingelap and took pictures ‘through the eyes’ of colorblind islanders. The images and stories are collected in a book: The Island of the Colorblind.