Silver Joseph Bosch is a non-binary visual artist, performer and activist.
He sees himself as an European citizen, not tied to one particular culture. Silver is fascinated by the interconnections and influences of human existence on Earth and the consequences of his actions. This fascination starts with the body itself, which is always the physical beginning of all human activities. Then it goes through the different cultural and intellectual achievements and various social structures and their visualization in rituals and mythologies. Up to the material evolution, with special attention to the development of textiles and paper.
Textiles, as part of the global material heritage, weave many paths together. On the one hand, there are people who make textiles and there are specific social conditions in which they work. On the other hand is the cultural significance of textiles in their culture. In addition, there are personal memories, emotional attachments or just a simple need for use. All these aspects make textiles a very special material to work with.
Since Silver lives in the Netherlands, he does detailed research into the history of colonization and slavery. How the actions of European colonization determine global power structures and affect the political situation and human condition around the world, with all its consequences. Silver is constantly observing and learning and comes back to the same question over and over again, 'why are we so cruel to each other?'. Without giving a clear answer, he practices his art in hopes of reaching people's minds and making them think about these questions.
Silver works with various natural materials, such as natural fibers, natural dyes, paper, beeswax, sugar, clay and earth.