Ratu R. Saraswati
ROUTE OF FLOWERS (RUTE BUNGA-BUNGA)
Installation and performance
The artist reads parable stories from “Route of Flowers”, a book that she wrote. Audience gathered around “Parable of the Pilgrims” installation. The installation display a series of photographs taken at De Schreeuw monument, Oosterpark, a city park in Amsterdam East. The photographs capture the flowers dedicated to Samuel Paty, left there on 23 October 2020. Mixed among the flowers are messages left by protesters commemorating Theo van Gogh on 2 November.
Parable of the Pilgrims
In the first year, a woman encounters twenty pilgrims gathered at a monument, covered with flowers in autumn. Three of these pilgrims step forward to lay down their flowers.
These pilgrims speak no parables. Instead, they tear parable pages and spit on them.
She is paralyzed by shock for fifteen seconds. She flees in fear.
The second year, she returns and sees ten pilgrims.
In the ninth year, she sees one pilgrim.
In the tenth year, it is only her.
If this parable is written on a page, the woman asks you not to tear it.
If you live surrounded by flowers, do not forget where these flowers come from.
If you live surrounded by flowers, do not forget how you got them.
Ink made of rose and bird of paradise petals on the wall
Photo by Sander van Wettum
Video and editing by Özgür Atlagan
Rijksakademie Open Studios 2022