Location – Concordiaplein
Material – Spray paint on plaster
Year – 2017
Photography – Rosa Meininger & Edwin Wiekens
Video – Stein de Bont
Abraham de Winter is one of the most populair comedians of the end of the 19th century. He is considered the forerunner of present day cabaret because of his solo performances. Abraham acted as a ‘character comedian’ and dressed up as a street sweeper, conductor or as a doctor. Abraham also drew his inspiration from his previous job as a trader of hay during which he had a lot of contact with the local farmers. His satirical performances and his compassion towards the suffering of fellow citizens, lead to him being loved by both the rich and poor.
Collin van der Sluijs (NL) was inspired by this story and made a mural behind the former city theatre Concordia. The painting features a song thrush. Like Abraham, this bird is known for its imitations. In addition to its own varied singing, the song thrush can easily mimic 7 other bird species.