Strange, surprising adventures
Five illustrators share their own views of Robinson Crusoe in as many cartoons. Daniel Defoe’s legendary and innovative novel is still just as adventurous, but for modern readers also rather colonial and moralizing. In the White Cube, five illustrators give the work a colourful, playful and critical update.
Praised and condemned
It has now been 300 years since Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe rolled off the presses in 1719. The adventure of the islander and his servant Friday inspired countless writers from later generations. But Robinson Crusoe is not free of criticism: the underlying tone of white, Western moral superiority and a now superseded argument for civilization raise questions.
A critical view
Five young illustrators cast a critical gaze on the novel. In five distinct cartoons, they each cast a new, postcolonial and feminist gaze on the world of the castaway. VJ artist Aitor Biedma will then set to work on the cartoons in order to create five wonderful islands in the White Cube of the Beursschouwburg.
Passa Porta, Beursschouwburg