Antwerp, Godefriduskaai 12
A few figurines hang from the façade of a building on Godefriduskaai. It is an interactive work of art: you can leave a message via an app and then let other people listen to it with a code. The app is free, the message has a small price. There are also general messages that are updated every month. The figures from the artwork here, are enlargements (200 x) of the bomannetjes.
White figures with a square head, that are the brainchildren of artist Daisy Boman. She made the first bomannetjes more than 25 years ago. She followed the start of her training as a ceramicist in Antwerp, after which she left for South Africa where she completed her education. Disturbed by the political tensions in South Africa, she returned to Belgium in 1986. The figures represent people in their most primitive form. The square head refers to society: it gives you a square head. The faces contain no expression. The white color refers to the colorlessness of hope, the sun and life, but also that of mourning and pain. We are all basically the same.
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