State of Siege

Van Eyck participant Navine G. Khan-Dossos new work State of Siege is a permanent mural commission from Maastricht University on their new campus site, the Tapijnkazerne just outside the old city walls. 

A location with a rich military history, the barracks was successively used as a training ground for the 13th Regiment Infantry (1919-1940), a camp during the German Occupation (1940-1944), for training troops for Indonesia (1945-1950), and many others all the way through to NATO who left in 2010.

This forty metre gouache mural takes the building, its structure, its history and its context as a starting point. In particular, the case of General Dibbetts, whose tomb is also on the site, and the way in which the town’s people turned on his legacy of keeping the area part of the Netherlands after his death.


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