A coach passes by on the screen. The tracks left by the vehicle become deeper and more clearly visible after each circuit. They form the contour of Curaçao. The Golden Coach has never been brought to the island; other carriages were used for state visits. Yet the tours of the Golden Coach and everything it stands for—the kingdom, the royal family, the glorification of the colonial past—have nevertheless shaped the island.
According to Angelista, the former colony never actually gained independence from the Netherlands. The photomosaic brings together historical and contemporary relationships between the Netherlands, the House of Orange, and Curaçao. With photographs collected from thrift stores, personal archives, and the internet, Angelista searches for counterparts to the dominant historical narratives. According to the artist, a glorified image of the real relationship between Curaçao and the Netherlands is still being presented.
*The video work has been realized with thanks to Pleun Gremmen. *
Serana Angelista (Amsterdam, Netherlands 1992) is a visual artist, art director, and graphic designer. Angelista aims to confront structures of inequality in society with their work. The balances of power which derive from the colonial past are a recurring subject.