I Love (My) Land
Earth connects past, present and future generations. When does a person belong to a nation? What does identity mean? Being Cameroon-born and living in The Netherlands: my past and present are in permanent dialogue- Being is a process of becoming. I Love [My] Land is an expression of my own integration-process towards becoming a Dutchman, a process which will never be completed. This sculpture has literally two sides: Seen from an insider’s perspective (i.e.Dutch), this work seems to be an iconic representation of Holland because of the use of bicycle saddles but at th same time, its recycling-aesthetics refer to my African roots. From an immigrant’s or outsider’s point of view, this work is a reminder of cultural differences and contrasts. For me, reality is a struggle between holding on to origins and a continuous development.