from White Man Project, Jean Ulrick Désert, 2004
comprises a series of different projects on the theme of Whiteness. The various works and projects include:
THE HIP DECADENCE OF REDUCTIVE GLAMOUR
An action and series of photographs taken in Parisian photo-booths
2000, Digital photography, Paris France
The main page for this project may be found in selected projects under:
The Hip Decadence of Reductive Glamour
THE WHITE MAN PROJECT
A caucasian (white) actor is hired to portray the artist ‘Jean-Ulrick Désert’ and offer free Art Lesson’s to the public in the BRUCE New Art Foundation gallery space- Images of the Zwarte Piet, a white dutch person in black-face along side shopping bag images of two American performers in white-face hung in the gallery windows. The art lesson brochures used Édouard Manet’s odalisque painting
2004, Performance/Action, Ink portraits, Rotterdam The Netherlands.
Is a lecture delivered as part of the Re-Positionierung Lecture series at the Neue Geselschaft für bildende Kunst e.V.( NGBK / The New Society for Visual Arts) Berlin and the W.E.B. duBois Lectures of the Amerikanistik (American studies) program of Humboldt University Berlin.
2009 and 2010
The accompanying youtube-video links may be accessed through the following link:
Negerhosen2000 spans many forms and materials. The artist wears German Lederhosen constructed of leather resembling caucasian skin. Initially deployed as an art-action, a photographic-record was and assembled from the public and redeployed as art-works in everyday venues such as city squares, bars, restaurants, cafes, beer-gardens , galleries and museums. This final phase of the project remains on-going.
1997 and 2001, Perfomance/actions, private and public art billboard installations, limited edition C-Prints, beer coasters
The main page for this project may be found in selected projects under:Footnotes:
- 1. Édouard Manet’s (1832 -1883) Olympia 1863, Musée d’Orsay, Paris France
- 2. Black Face in the Netherlands is held as a tradition in the figure of Zwarte Piet (Black Pete). A short but clear summary may be found on a Journalist’s site HERE
- 3. A dutch comedy expresses the indignity of servitude from the traditional Zwarte Piet, as a modern day domestic, in this VIDEO link