Since 2013, the project ‘A Paper monument for the paperless’ has grown from community art workshops into an international guerrilla art campaign, as a poetic monument to generate visibility for refugees without identity papers.
Now, ‘A Paper monument for the paperless’ has the ambition to rise from its fleeting, activist street context and the sixty woodcut portraits will be available in a sustainable limited edition.
There is a need for the story of the paperless to be included in our collective memory and is therefore on the lookout for institutional cooperation and inclusion in art collections. This way, the project can evolve from its ‘underground’ street life, with visibility in cities, to a respectable paper ambassador that continues to tell this story as a ‘conversation piece’ within museums, archives and other collections of cultural heritage.
Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries is a social artist and idea generator. He makes monuments to unwritten histories and futures, conducts playful campaigns and commits guerrilla interventions. His work is included in the collections of the De Domijnen Museum in Sittard and the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. NRC Handelsblad, Het Parool and RTL Nieuws published about his work. He exhibited in Amsterdam, Berlin, Ghent, and New York, among others.