white heart                2023

The research for the exhibition Another Crossing  led to the making of a film and exhibition called white heart in collaboration with Aquinnah Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry and television and documentary director Tim van Gils, at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. The film follows the current trade route of a small red glass bead with a white heart. Alongside the film and historical objects, the exhibition showed new work made by Elizabeth James-Perry.

Cornelian Conversations (2021–) is an ongoing research project around the historical and modern trade route of the Cornelian glass bead that started by being part of the group exhibition Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage.  The project started under the working title Cornelian Conversations named after one of the known names of the red and white bead; ‘Cornelian’.  During the film process Meindertsma and van Gils noticed that a lot of people who work with the bead on a daily basis know it by the more common name: ‘white heart’.

Links: Elizabeth James Perry, Tim van Gils, Allard Pierson  

COMMISSIONED BY:  Self-initiated  
CREDITS: Elizabeth James-Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag co-producer, narration, research, studio wampum demonstration, location scouting, Wampanoag community liaison, music) Tim van Gils (director and camera), Jonathan James-Perry (music), Jan Schroder (music), Suzanne Hendriks (research), Joost van Herwijnen (color) and sound mix (Stephan Groen)

With special thanks to: Jaroslava Marková, Presiosa Ornela - Petr Puš,  Tomáš Vančura, The Wandering Bull - Chris Bullock , Sand quarry Sklopisek Strelec - Renata Mikulova, Harman Beads - Alisa Mandel Nogen, Stijn van Rossem, Eline den Dunnen,  and the Mashpee Tribe for permission to film at the July 2022 powwow, made possible by the kind support of Creative Industries Fund NL


Photography: Mathijs Labadie, Roel van Tour
Text edit: Laura Houseley
Graphic design: Kumi Hiroi
Coding: Henrik van Leeuwen



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