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.      

Beauty Full

A human step exists by the grace of the “contradiction” between the one foot and the other. All contradictions are complements.  What attracts me also annoys me.  The questionable drive in our society towards physical perfection and eternal youth is one of the themes I am engaged in with my work during the creative process that forces me to negotiate a balance.  The damaged life is displayed by means of everyday utilities. Consequently, everything that we perceive as being firm, grounded and balanced, is in fact just ephemeral, fragile and transitory.  


An object getting a ''second'' lease on life, acquiring powers of transformation in the process. Progress and renewal are very much connected to people. The essence can be found in the idea that everything is connected to everything else, and that we are continuously in transition  


New objects arise from various old and found parts, showing my reflections on the idea that allforms, materials and functions  of objects are rooted in an earlier usage or another life. 

Nobody gives a Shit about Rietveld in Mali

It means “ field of reed”  
Our world seems to become increasingly unsafe by growing threats of physical and psychological violence. Man is like an abandoned ship that is spinning around on a swirling sea… We are being wrong-footed, our perception is being mangled and twisted. It hurts people when they are being forced to act against their better judgment. Knowledge and conscience are two different categories entirely. Conscience is no machine that programs reason into achieving predictable results. There is always a downside to the medal.


''The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it''
We often aim at an utopian idealism by creating mirror-images of a perfect life. However, the less perfect aspects of life should not be ignored.
When I was seven years old, I had to face death as the inevitable closure of the cycle of life; my father died. 
We are increasingly inclined to trim down damages, holes and obstacles in our lives by contrast, it is my intention to leave these ‘faults’ or ‘failures’ in my work, both structurally and formally. 
I investigate those attributes in search for a new meaning and destiny.
As a child, I had worn-down slippers for shoes. Not daring to show the holes in them to my mother, I remade these slippers into a boat, a car or an island. I invented a new context for each particular slipper, giving it a new identity. Reality and image got blurred.


Victor Sonna
Daalakkersweg 8-10
The Netherlands

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