Dear Shaded Viewers,
I discovered the work of Idiots, Afke Golsteijn and Floris Bakker, in the window of Kokon To Zai in Paris about 5 years ago and have been following it ever since. The materials are dead animals in combination with embroidery, glass, pearls and gold. The poetry of their work also questions the state of a society that revolves around marketing.
Fantasy vs Reality and their industrial revolution fairy tales put the focus on the borderline between life and death. Animals become the memories that remind people of the life that they have lived.
“I wanted to make a piece dedicated to Nature and it’s inevitable death. A collection somewhere between religion and superstition. ” says Afke Golsteijn. “We started for really practical reasons, we got more and more tragic (old) looking creatures of taxidermy animals that were made by someone