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Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries

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1. What’s inside the coronium, 2020, pen ink on acid free paper, 50 x 50 cm.

This drawing originates from a question I asked myself: how would a monument for corona look like? I immediately imagined a brutalist concrete structure, or something like the Atomium. Another element that inspired me was the amount of conspiracy theories that are at work around the lockdown and the virus. Conspiracies or not, they are often an attempt to get a grip on chaos, and to find someone responsible for all problems.

In this way I combine a monument for corona with current paranoia. If it’s up to me, the fantasies that have spinned out of control, can be set free in order to create a fantastical and mysterious world vision, which reaches far beyond our daily conjuration.

This drawing is the first in a series of ideas and fantasies about things related to the world order, with the ambition to provide insight to Himmelsbachs Universe.


2. Proposal for a ceremonial coin stamp action, 2020, inkjet sketch on acid free paper; pen ink, 29 x 29 cm.

This drawing is a proposal for a ceremonial coin stamp action to exorcise the pandemic. With the ferm hit of a hammer you transform a normal coin into a corona remembrance coin. The new image, including the embossed letters RIP, are then visible on the front of the coin.

‘RIP virus, RIP victims, RIP system?’ What is rest, what is mandatory rest, how will this period continue to echo in the world?

A remembrance ritual to break with current apocalypse thinking, and to prepare humanity for the future.

Visual artist and social designer Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries creates interventions that overcome social spectatorship, and questions conventional approaches to social issues. In an often playful way, he engages with people outside his own network. With a certain lightness, his work initiates a dialogue between people with different convictions, values ​​and backgrounds.

His work is part of the collections of the Domijnen museum in Sittard, and the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. NRC Handelsblad, Het Parool and RTL News have all covered his work. Himmelsbach has exposed his work in Amsterdam, Berlin, Ghent, and New York.