Exhibitions — January 28, 2024

Jaya Pelupessy at Nest

Group exhibition Searching for Oneself Outside

On view from 26 January until 24 March 2024.

In the exhibition Searching for Oneself Outside a group of artists living and working in the Netherlands strives to shape the voices absent in our shared public spaces and provide context to those currently present. How does one give form to something invisible until now, stealthily removed in the night, or perpetually ignored?

Participating artists: Semâ Bekirović, Cihad Caner Hans van Houwelingen, Iswanto Hartono (ruangrupa) & Mirwan Andan (ruangrupa), Nazif Lopulissa, Bodil Ouédraogo, Zela Odessa Palmer, Jaya Pelupessy

Jaya Pelupessy, Absent Statue, 2024. Left: ‘Wilhelmina, Paramaribo – Suriname, 1975’. Right: ‘J.P. Coen – Batavia – Indonesia, 1942’.

Jaya Pelupessy is showing works from his latest research into the displacement and/or destruction of statues in the public domain called Absent Statue.

For this exhibition at Nest, the artist is investigating the transformative meaning of statues from the Dutch colonial past. The photographic research presented here shows the removal of the statues of Jan Pieterszoon Coen in Jakarta in 1942 and of Queen Wilhelmina in Paramaribo in 1975. Based on these studies, Pelupessy made sculptures out of rags and ropes: the material of the people who removed the statues, not of those who made them.


De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b
2518 RA The Hague

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