Quentley Barbara

Quentley Barbara (b.1993, Curaçao) 
Opening December 4th (2-5pm)
We are pleased to welcome Quentley Barbara back to Madé Van Krimpen for an exhibition of his latest work. The show is entitled 'GUN NOS TAMBE'. Barbara describes his new work as a critique of politics in Curacao and the impact that colonialism has on shaping the country historically and at present. 
The new figures are constructed from recycled copies of the island's local newspaper and chicken wire as a symbol of the inequality and oppression which exists on the island today despite it looking like a picture of paradise.
The multi-faceted installation not only captures the tenor of the human body in motion but demonstrates how it can be viewed as a political entity. In contrast with his earlier work which is mainly 3D portraiture, in a bust-like form, his latest sculptures depict the body in full and as it interacts with the space(s) it occupies. The sculptures are staged in front of a section of a 'Kunuku House', a style of a cottage that was built in the past by enslaved people and also features important cultural symbols such as a native healing cactus. The work is multi-layered and riddled with hidden signs and meanings which appear to people who know them. It invites viewers to look closer, reminding them how appearances can be deceptive. 
The exhibition reminds us of how Barbara is a playful and experimental sculptor. He can create intimate pictures and share his memories by merely manipulating waste material. As an artist, he is not bound by the conventions of traditional sculpture yet he has the technical ability to materialize what is in his imagination. We are very excited to work with Quentley again and look forward to seeing how his work interplays with our space.
He is best known for his large-scale sculptural portraits made from recycled cardboard and duct tape. These sculptures are often portraits of his family, friends and relatives. After his arrival in the Netherlands, Quentley discovered that many materials, such as cardboard, are used differently than in Curaçao. As explained by Quentley: “I collect cardboard boxes on the streets, which I find often in good condition. As these materials are easy to reuse, I use them for my portraits. I collect photos of  friends or relatives and model the cardboard of the unfolded boxes with a Stanley knife and tape to their likeness as much as other sculptors do with chisels and stone or wood."
From the age of thirteen, Quentley received lessons in drawing, painting and making spatial installations from the center for contemporary art “Instituto Buena Bista” in Curaçao. Quentley subsequently completed his education at the Royal Academy in The Hague, from which he graduated in 2018. In the same year, he won the Best of Graduates at gallery Ron Mandos in Amsterdam. Since then, Quentley’s art has been exhibited at the Museum Beelden aan Zee in Scheveningen, Het HEM in Zaandam and Museum Rijswijk.
About Clarton
The title of this portrait is “Clarton”, my little brother. In Curacao there is a lot of unprivileged youth, who turn to criminality to survive. Through my work I want to inspire him to use his talents for something else, like art or music. 

Quentley holding "Clarton".