Men of Steel, Men of Stone

work in progress
4k video, 3 min, 2018-

In the video Men of Steel, Men of Stone. I wash three sculptures of questionable Dutch ‘heroes’ Jan Pieterszoon Coen, Michiel de Ruijter and Piet Heijn with a ridiculous amount of soap, it was meant as an ironic statement, to show that they can never be cleaned.

I made many different edits of this video over the years, but never showed it as a finished work. This is  one of the edits. I switched the images to negative, turning the crispy white foam into greyish muddy doom. I do not see this as a finished work but decided to accept the video as an eternal (both real and metaphorical) work in progress.

Camera: Ben Geraerts

Post production: Gabriel Vallecillo

Thanks to:

Róża Zamołojko

Maureen Ho

Paulien Oltheten

Lotte Geeven

Marcus Bruystens

Gemeente Hoorn

Gemeente Rotterdam

Gemeente Vlissingen

Het Nederlands Filmfonds