2013 marks 150 years since the abolition of slavery. This anniversary has once again led to the discussion whether Queen Beatrix needs to make an official apology to the descendants of slaves for the atrocities committed by the Dutch during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Those in favour believe that this year’s coronation of William Alexander offers the perfect opportunity. When Queen Beatrix or our future King William Alexander offers her or his apologies, he or she will do so on behalf of the Dutch people.
In Original Sin, I captured the Dutch generation of today in the same way their ancestors during the Golden Age would be portrayed. But instead of capturing a smug look, they seem regretful. The still lifes are full of symbolism and also refer to the products that made the Netherlands a wealthy nation during the Golden Age.
However, would this not be 150 years too late? What do the descendants of slaves gain when the generation of today apologizes?
Styling Afagh Morrowatian
MUA Filiz Acikgoz
Models Nikita van der Linden, Joel Nieminen,
David in den Bosch and Koert Jobse