Dragon of the White - city as a narrative



At the start of the previous century, the zone of former Deshima was given the status of national heritage, the surrounding grounds acquired. In 1998 work began on reconstructing the trading post. Many of the original buildings and houses have since been rebuilt and fitted out like a museum. ‘Outside Island’, the literal translation of Deshima, lives up to its name once more. Although it is no longer outside the city, it is outside the order, reinstated as a solidified souvenir.
  To do justice to both Deshima, its context Nagasaki, but also to the past, the heritage has been recorded in a controlled manner and the present captured in imagery. And so the present is embedded in history. And vice versa. By bringing these two periods together under the same name or title in a single band or presentation, they enter into dialogue, or even into visual combat.

Where, in those days, the governors of Nagasaki guaranteed the isolation and good behaviour of the Dutch with their lives, the city now governs the island by monetising its history with the reconstructed trading post as an open-air museum. Besides the depots, the city is then of great importance when attempting to grasp Deshima. Only then does the present become embedded in the past, and vice versa.
  The colour series shows the revival and comments on the Nagasaki of today: the city as a narrative. By combining these two periods from the past and present with three dissimilar series under the same heading in one band or presentation, they enter into a dialogue, or a visual fist fight.

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