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Innardz of an Uprising - Juliacks

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Sat / 13-18 hrs
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Exhibition 4 Mar — 1 Apr

Opening 4 Mar, 17-19 hrs

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Juliacks, detail of a tapestry, 2017
Interiors are ripped out of their context in the flow of a narrative, out of their history and woven anew. Juliacks creates a series of tapestries intersecting archival material on the Netherland’s first correctional facilities, and the first documented prison uprising in Haarlem, 1613 as a point of departure in the hallucination of alternative futures.
 
Is the inside visible
when authority is defied
and losing is inevitable
 
or is it
 
that the spaces
the conditions that force
the situations that inspire people to unite
 
are embodied
 
Judicial Records of Haarlem (Noord-Hollands Archief) inv. nr. 66.2, fo. 224, 224vo and 225
January 18 1613
Verdicts of Pieter Jacobsz “Goeluck”, Arijs Janss, Barthelmees Corneliss and Pieter Jacobsz of Delft, corrected at the workhouse.
All four, having been forced to weave and work at the House of Corrections because they were living an unruly and [bad3] life for an unlimited time until they would find better-ness…have now been apprehended as last Friday on the eleventh of this month of January they appeared very maliciously; to be precise: first the aforementioned “Goeluck” had hit a father of the workhouse with a stick on his head…”
 
INT. TUCHTHUIS (HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS) – JAIL CELL – 1613- NIGHT
INT. TUCHTHUIS (HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS) – HALLWAYS – 1613 – NIGHT
INT. TUCHTHUIS (HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS) – BLEACHING PISS YARD 1613 - DAY
INT. TUCHTHUIS (HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS) - WEAVING YARD 1613 - DAY
INT. TUCHTHUIS (HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS) - WOOD-RASPING YARD 1613 – DAY
EXT. “DUTCH” MEZOZOIC WAREHOUSE – 66 MILLION YEARS AHEAD -NIGHT
 
These four, being the principal actors and troublemakers, made a great scene with the smashing of locks [cramp-irons] with which they liberated the other prisoners who had been separated from them. With joint forces and all together, they dragged weaving looms from their places and built bulwarks with them in front of the door, to block the entrance of the place in which they were. And thus, preparing tools for themselves to resist the authorities of the lords of justice trying to touch them, to compel them to obedience. Furthermore they were yelling and shouting like mischievous rascals that they would not give up nor give in until their last man standing would have fallen, and they were performing many other obscenities without any sense of respect, so that eventually they had to be tackled with violence to bring them to obedience.
 
The above text shows a translated excerpt from an entry in the 1609-1613 North Holland Criminal Registry combined with scene headings from a screenplay that Juliacks is writing. Within the process of the film production is this series of 5 tapestries, which Juliacks designed and fabricated with the TextielLab at the TextielMuseum in Tilburg. The tapestries are interiors of the film and relate to the project as the historical story of Jan Gillisz – said to have been the first prisoner of Haarlem- and the uprising in an early Dutch ‘tuchthuis.’ Closely entwined with a booming textile industry. Here, serious criminals of the 17th century were forced into labor for the production of pigment in the Rasphuis, others were weaving textiles.

 

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