Van Kijkduinstraat is a multi-channeled media arts installation commemorating the emotional story of the artists’ father and grandfather, Dirk Oostindie, who as a Dutch youth escaped the ‘Hunger Winter’ of Amsterdam under Nazi occupation during World War II. The work illuminates Canada’s role in the liberation of the Netherlands. Even today, Canada is fondly remembered by the Dutch, as liberators, who in 1945 rescued millions from distress and starvation. Curators, Laura Lee Coles and Gayle O’Hara recognized that Van Kijkduinstraat resonates a “defining moment” and engages viewers by way of its multi-layered expressiveness. It is a poignant national and local human-interest story and it was chosen to be the museum’s inaugural public art exhibition funded by Vancouver Cultural Services.
Since immigrating to Canada, Dirk shared glimpses of the story of his escape to the family over the years. In 2016, Irwin and Inessa (father/daughter) traveled back to the Netherlands where they set out to retrace Dirk's escape route and to discover for themselves their intertwined Dutch/Canadian connections of this deeply emotional story. From the vivid experiences in the landscape of the North Netherlands, they stopped in many of the places Dirk had sought refuge. From their film, photo and sound documentation the artists combine the media to create a multi-channel visual installation.
Public Opening: Feb. 12 (7-10pm)
Regular viewing: Feb. 14 — 17 (4-10pm)
Dutch Community Reception: Feb. 15 (7pm)
Artists’ Talk: Saturday Feb. 17 (2pm)
Designed as a progression of multiple parts, the exhibition will capture the viewer as the visuals shift as a multi-screened choreographic visual and sound symphony as if moving in temporal waves. This event is made possible through the generous support of Vancouver Cultural Services Public Art Grant, William F. White, International, IMAPON, with assistance from the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Vancouver, the Commemorative Partnership Program of Veteran Affairs Canada, and Templeton Secondary School.
See: vankijkduinstraat.nl #vankijkduinstraat for further details