L’exécution (The execution, 1982) arose in response to the murder in El Salvador of four Dutch IKON journalists in 1982. They made a report about the violent civil war and were met and shot dead by soldiers of the government army. For the painting Terre brûlée (Scorched Earth (III) (1951)), Constant may have been inspired by the Korean War in 1950. He took the title from the tactics of Soviet troops on the Eastern Front.The work is primarily a warning of the horror of wars.
The participants were shown ‘their’ painting prior to the interview. That way they could think about it beforehand. Some were literally inspired by the work and/or the themes. For others, the relationship with the work of art is less clear. They were inspired by the theme of Constant.
Artwork and participants:
— Les expulsés (The Outcasts): Hannah and Sijda (5 VWO students), Antonis Pittas (artist, teacher, curator exhibition Constant 101: The Future Can be Humane in the Cobra Museum), Peter Blanker (poet, songwriter, singer)
— L’insurrection (The Revolt): Parham Rahimzadeh (debuted this year with the novel Arab, grew up in Schiedam), Carlien Lammers (junior curator of modern and contemporary art Stedelijk Museum Schiedam), Süeda Işik (historian, journalist, Schiedammer), Juan Heinshohn Huala (poet, artist, refugee from Chile, organizer of cultural events)
— Terre brûlée (scorched earth): Esther Cappon (army veteran, photographer), Wim Post (son of war victim, socially involved Schiedammer), Lana Mesić (photographer, she experienced the war in Croatia as a child)
— L’exécution (The execution): Trudy van der Horst (wife Constant, art historian), Jacco van Giessen (journalist RTV Rijnmond), Nabil Tkhidousset (spoken word artist, teacher, Schiedammer)