Born and raised in Curaçao, Gilleam Trapenberg’s fascination with themes like status, representation and image culture have long played an integral part in his work. For Trapenberg, these critical themes are part of what makes up the current social landscape in Curaçao. He explains that Curaçao is an island of paradoxes, where the image culture of a utopian paradise exists alongside themes of post-colonialism and mass tourism. In his work he investigates current visual tropes and stereotypes that have manifested themselves through social culture and Western media. Using Curaçao as a starting point, he examines these themes within the Caribbean as a whole.
Gilleam Trapenberg, Big Papi, 2017
Background Gilleam Trapenberg (1991) is an artist who was born in Willemstad, Curacao and lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He did an internship with Stefan Ruiz in New York and graduated from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. His works have been exhibited at a number of national and international galleries and art spaces including Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, FOTODOK, Utrecht, Paris College of Art and La Cite gallery in Paris. In 2018 Trapenberg was nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award.
Big Papi (2017)