NAME:

Ronald Vles

NATIONALITY:

Dutch

BASED IN:

Naarden Vesting

WEBSITE:

http://www.ronaldvles.com

ABOUT ARTIST:

Ronald Vles has been drawing and painting from his early youth. He studied law and became a solicitor (advocaat). When he backpacked through Latin America with only a sketchbook in his backpack he was so influenced by the overwhelming colors, that he bought himself his first aquarelle set and started making his first watercolor paintings.

Later he concentrated more and more on aquarelles and followed a few workshops specialized in watercolour technics, among others in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Ronald likes that technic because it enables him to sit down in nature and put down in a relatively short time not only what he sees but also what he feels.

“I am passionate about what brings people together rather than what divides them. The idea of drops of blood mixed together coming from people from many different populations, cultures, religions etc. , in a tiny container, sent to the moon and looking upon our planet from space, represents for me a strong symbol of a united humankind.”

SUBMISSION: THE HEART OF FRIENDSHIP

The BLOOD BROTHER RITUAL was already known in ancient Europe and Asia. In old Asian cultures as well as in ancient Southeastern Europe the act and ceremony of becoming blood brothers was generally seen to bring about an alliance between tribes as well as friendship in general. Christianity also recognized sworn brotherhood in a ceremony, both in the Eastern Orthodox churches as in the Roman Catholic church.

Researchers found that the tradition of intertwining arms and drinking wine is believed to be also a representation of becoming blood brothers. I think that intertwining arms or for instance joining heads, as the Maoris do, in a symbolic ceremony to express the friendship between people and tribes is giving the same strong signal.

I travel a lot around the world and I am particularly interested in old civilizations such as the Maori from New Zealand, the Inuit of Greenland and the San people from South Africa, which are considered to belong to the oldest peoples on earth. In the time to come before the launch I will organize and document ceremonies with representatives of these and other civilizations, as well as with representatives of religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.

I want to bring together in friendship people representing various old cultures and religions. I do this in the symbolic form of a tiny heart in my cubicle that will be sent to the moon and that will then keep looking upon our planet.

These blood brother like ceremonies and the little heart must be seen as a symbol of my wish that all people on earth should be connected.

MAORI BROTHERHOOD CEREMONY