The quest for territorial autonomy is perhaps the most fundamental reason for human settlement patterns.
The Netherlandish/Flemish Proverbs reference a basic way of life and a profane morality code contrary to religious faith.
The genre was explored by numerous artists, notably Pieter Bruegel, during a period when Europe was engulfed in a political struggle centred on class, religious and territorial disputes.
It can be argued as to how it kicked off, but in general terms these disputes were a result of Feudalism emanating from the Renaissance Project. Christian Faith became a political tool to subjugate the less well off.
Batavia is an ancient name used by the Romans referring to the Low Lands, an area in Western Europe, roughly the size of South Africa and covering part of
present geographical territories in The Netherlands, Belgium, France and England.
The quest for political reforms and the subsequent demand for autonomy were precipitated by religious wars as feudal demand for land.
In hindsight, this quest for autonomy became a platform for global colonial expansion. This global expansion brought with it huge mercantile wealth. Ironically, what we today call capitalism or market economy go all the way back to territorial disputes in a place that the Roman Empire named Batavia. The idea of Batavian Dream is loosely based on the historical, social and economic struggle that took place in Batavia.
The Artworks for Batavian Dream were inspired mainly by the Flemish Proverbs.
This body of work is part of an on-going quest for educational reform.