Jeanette Bos

Statia Song - REMARKABLE DUTCH DESIGN AND CARRIBEAN MOMENTS. FEW SIGNED COPIES IN STOCK!


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The book is a love letter to a Caribbean life on the Dutch island of Statia (St. Eustatius). The large-format book, designed by Sybren (SYB) Kuiper and published in a small edition, consists of full-page spreads in colorful & black and white.

"VERY big & beautiful, showing Statia (St. Eustatius, the small Dutch island in the Caribbean Sea) in all its glory - a tribute to the people of Statia, who in the last two decades have become a minority on their own island, washed over by the waves of globalization. (...)
In June 1996 fate carried me to Statia, a tiny Caribbean island. It was love at first sight. Two years later I returned, planning to make a book about the island in three months of time. But the Fates had different plans. Falling in love with Statia totally uprooted my Dutch life and since 1998 I've been back in Statia for six weeks to six months nearly every year.
The people of Statia welcomed me into their lives and their homes, they became my family, they taught me to sing and play music. They made me a member of the traditional string band and of a group of women singing hymns in the homes of mourning families during the wakes before a funeral. Statia became my life.
In 1996 this island of 21km2 (8sq/miles) just reached the number of 2,000 inhabitants, mainly old Statian families of African descent - a tiny, tightly woven community where everybody is related to everybody in some way. "We all one family."
This 'one family' have become a numerical minority in their own island during the last two decades in which the population doubled, nearly entirely through immigration. Waves of globalization are washing over Statia, traditional life is falling apart. Yet, hidden behind the façades of modern times, the old ways still continue and people are trying hard to keep up their traditions and rituals, to redefine their identity.
After sharing their lives for 20 years, I present you my tribute to the big family of Statia, my song for them: STATIA SONG. Surrounded by 18 pictures of enchanting island nature, their lives are portrayed in 69 intimate images, in black&white and in colour, with texts in English and in Dutch. (...)
Thanks to a subsidy by the Foundation Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund Caribbean Region." (Jeanette BOS)

Reviews:
"Dutch photographer Jeanette Bos visited the small Caribbean island of Sint-Eustatius for the first time in 1996. At that time, only 2000 people lived on the island, which is also called Statia. She befriended some of the families who have lived on the island for centuries. 'We all one family,' they told her.

Since that time, Bos has followed the daily lives of Statia’s inhabitants, a period that includes the dissolution of The Netherlands Antilles in 2010 and the doubling of the population to 4000 residents. The resulting book, Statia Song, is not one that looks to cover the impacts of those political issues. Rather, it gives a personal impression of the island, in which the idea of the “one family” that Bos got to know when she first visited the island plays a central role. Living off-and-on in Statia herself, Bos captured social events as well as the sublime feelings that the island’s landscape trigger. The large format of the book (480x320 mm) and the use of spreads (all 87 images are printed as spreads) help bring out the intensity of the series.

The sequencing of the images simulates a visit to the island. The book opens with high contrast black and white photos of the island’s coastal nature. After a few pages, more and more people start appearing in the photos. Then the first colour photo appears, first of a dinner preparation, then of the dinner itself. Towards the middle of the book there are many close-up images of people playing music, attending funerals, and dancing. Slowly the book returns to black and white photos of landscapes, closing with an image of the sea, as if the viewer is leaving the island again, via the coast." (Nora Uitterlinden, in: 'Statia Song' for GUP Magazine, source: http://www.gupmagazine.com/books/jeanette-bos/statia-song)

Das Buch ist eine Liebeserklärung an ein karibisches Leben auf der niederländischen Insel Statia (St. Eustatius). Das großformatige, von Sybren (SYB) Kuiper gestaltete und in kleiner Auflage veröffentlichte Buch besteht aus ganzseitigen Doppelseiten in bunt & schwarz-weiss.

"In Juni 1996 führte mich das Schicksal nach Statia, einer winzigen Insel in der Karibik. Es war Liebe auf den ersten Blick. Zwei Jahre später kehrte ich zurück, fest entschlossen in drei Monaten ein Buch über die Insel zu machen. Aber die Schicksalsgöttinnen hatten anders entschieden. Die Liebe für Statia warf mein Holländisches Leben total durcheinander und seit 1998 habe ich inzwischen fast jedes Jahr sechs Wochen bis sechs Monaten auf Statia gelebt.

Die Statianer haben mich in ihren Häusern und Herzen aufgenommen - sie sind zu meiner Familie geworden. Sie brachten mir das Singen und die Musik bei, sie machten mich zum Mitglied der traditionellen Stringband und einer Frauengruppe, die vor einer Beerdigung abends zur Familienwohnung geht um da Gesänge zu singen. Statia wurde zu meinem Lebensinhalt.

In 1996 erreichte diese Insel von 21 Quadratkilometern gerade eine Einwohnerzahl von 2.000, meist alte Statianische Familien afrikanischer Herkunft – eine kleine, fest verbundene Gemeinschaft, in der alle irgendwie mit einander verwandt sind. “Wir sind eine große Familie.”

Die Angehörigen dieser großen Familie sind heutzutage eine Minderheit auf ihrer eigenen Insel geworden, seit sich in etwa zwei Jahrzehnten die Einwohnerzahl verdoppelt hat, hauptsächlich durch Immigration. Die Globalisierung hat das traditionelle Leben der Familie zerschlagen. Und doch, hinter den Fassaden der modernen Zeit, wird das alte Leben noch weitergelebt und die Leute geben sich Mühe, an ihren Traditionen und Rituale fest zu halten und ihre Identität von Neuem zu definieren.

Jetzt, in 2016, nach zwanzig Statianischen Jahren, kann ich endlich das Buch präsentieren, meine Ehrung für die eine grosse Statia-Familie, mein Lied für sie: STATIA SONG. Umgeben von 18 Bildern der bezaubernden Inselnatur wird das Leben der Statianer in 69 intimen Bildern gezeichnet und von einem Text in Englisch und Niederländisch abgerundet." (J.B.)

 

https://vimeo.com/171147881 - http://www.gupmagazine.com/books/jeanette-bos/statia-song