Andries Botha: Open Air Archive, in the garden of the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde (State Ethnographic Museum), Leiden

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Some time ago, on one of the last summer days,

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i went to Leiden to see Open Air Archive

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by South African artist Andries Botha (1952) for

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study and to write a short article about it

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for Villa La Repubblica. He made the work in 2000-2001

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for the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde (State Museum for Ethnography)

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to reflect on its collection. During a ‘safari

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in The Netherlands he collected small items, cast them

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in aluminium and presented them outside the museum as

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ethnographic objects with more or less science based explanatory

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texts which try to delve into the Dutch psyche.

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The texts are in Afrikaans, an African language derived

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from Dutch, which to Dutch visitors has a special

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significance. It is strange for Dutch visitors to be

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taught about their own tribal characteristics in Afrikaans.

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To read some of the texts (and to see some more pictures)

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see the article on the Villa La Repubblica blog (in Dutch).

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For here on the Next Door blog

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i made a choice of the objects as they

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are presented by Botha. Look at them and

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think about how Dutch they are. And

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beware of the dog shit!

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Bertus Pieters

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