Diversity in bureaucracy

Judith de Leeuw

For those who haven’t discovered it yet; last year a huge painting of a Surinamese ballerina dancing through a whirlwind of official papers was created on the Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen.

Artist Judith de Leeuw wanted to point out class inequality and hidden racism in the Netherlands; current events such as Black Lives Matter, the ethnic profiling of the Tax Authorities, and the documentary series ‘Klassen’ gave further fuel for the creation of the artwork. The direct reason for this mural was the bureaucratic process of applying for permits and funds in which De Leeuw herself ended up when she wanted to make a mural.

For the artwork, De Leeuw used a CO2 offsetting paint that counters air pollution; it absorbs gasoline car emissions and converts them into salt molecules.

This artwork belongs to the series of Sunday Sculptures that Stadscuratorium Amsterdam posts on Instagram every Sunday.