Maze de Boer
We are happy to announce that
has a playground near the big
pond. And not just
these colourful swings, slide, and carousel come from Jakarta. They used to be
located in a conspicuous place near ruangrupa’s original headquarter in Tebet,
Jakarta. Now, at that exact spot, multidisciplinary artist Maze de Boer (who
lives in Amsterdam) places comparable playground elements made by Dutch
producers in their place.
In Indonesia, playgrounds are
often in shopping centres or at private day-care locations rather than on the
corner of the street. There are also fewer regulations concerning the design
and safety. Will these differences keep children from playing when they see a
playground? “Playing is universal,” says Maze.
Maze often attunes his work to the historical background and social context of the exhibition and/ or location. The idea of a “playground exchange” refers to trade between the Netherlands and Indonesia, which began in 1595. Another inspiration was Fabriekskinderen, a novel about child labour in Dutch factories, written by Arnhem’s Jacob Cremer in 1863. Eleven years later, child labour in the Netherlands became a thing of the past.