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Group exhibition Running Thread (Wakaman)

Remy Jungerman, Iris Kensmil, Charl Landvreugd and Kurt Nahar

Exhibition date – 17th of December, 2011 until the 4th of February, 2012
Opening – 17th of December, from 3p.m. to 7p.m.
Gallery hours – Thursday to Saturday, from 11a.m to 6p.m

Remy Jungerman was born in Moengo, Suriname and has lived in Amsterdam since 1990. His work is intrinsically related to his Surinamese origins and is centered on global citizenship in today’s society. Jungerman uses collages, sculptures and installations to show cultural critique(s) of the local and the global, the internal and the external. Traditional materials and objects are placed in different contexts that challenge the established notions of their representation within Western society. Jungerman gets his inspiration from Afro-religious elements of the traditional Maroon culture in Suriname and the Diaspora. At the same time he is also inspired by Western trends in art and modern communication technology.

Rechts: Remy Jungerman, White Hand, 2007

Jungerman first studied art at the Academy for Higher Arts and Cultural Studies, Paramaribo (Suriname). After moving to Amsterdam in 1990 he studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Since his first group exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Jungerman has participated in several solo and group exhibitions worldwide.

Creating an image of the (historical) presence of black people is the drive behind all the works of Iris Kensmil. Although she has born in Amsterdam, Kensmil lived part of her youth in Suriname. As she states: “Because of my black skin, I can’t take my participation in the European Culture for granted the way white people think they can do (Frantz Fanon). From 2004 on she makes works that commemorate historical moments from struggle for the emancipation of black people.

Rechts: Iris Kensmil, Blue turns grey

Kensmil draws on personal memories as well as a range of historical textual and visual material. She selects this materials on base of how she perceives what is the history of a Black European, a history that is paradoxically non-European. So most of her works are about the African-American movements or about Suriname, beside the “global” works of free imagination, e.g. about Ragga. Born in 1970, Iris Kensmil lives and works in Amsterdam. She graduates in the Minerva Groningen. In 2004 she won the Wim Izaks Prize, in 2009/2010 she did a residency at the ISCP, New York.

Charl Landvreugd was born in Suriname and raised in Rotterdam. Aesthetically, politically, theoretically as well as practically, black is the base color in his practice. Landvreugd has studied at the Goldsmiths College (London) and Columbia University (NYC), and continued his investigations of black and Blackness. He explores the plurality of black hues and advocates for distinctions in black diversity. Although Landvreugd works as a visual artist, mainly sculpture, installation and video, he has also a wide experience as a curator and a writer, working in Europe, the Caribbean and the United States.

Rechts: Charl Landvreugd – disco goes to holiday spacecamp to find Anana Keduaman Keduampon. 30 x 30 x 15 cm stone, plastic, paper, glitter, sugar, feathers, 2007

Charl Landvreugd uses Black as an instrument to speak off our communal efforts to bridge cultural gaps worldwide. Since 2009, Landvreugd has already shown his work in New York, London and Amsterdam, and also is his home country, Suriname, along with some of the other artists presented in this exhibition at C&H art space. Despite of his short career, this young artist has already developed three artist residencies, participated in several publications and curated exhibitions with other artists, all related to black-Dutch artists in Dutch society.

Kurt Nahar defines his art works as a contribution to raising the consciousness of the general public and to encourage discussions around important, sometimes forgotten subjects. The Dada movement is clearly present in his work and Nahar’s work can be seen as an act of protest and contestation for social and political circumstances in Suriname, where he lives. Nahar’s works are a combination of common objects, photographs, film, painting, poems and furniture all together. The visual chaos, full of provocative symbolisms, tends to confront the viewer’s with social issues, of which the artist thinks that they should be brought out to public discussion.

Rechts: Werk van Kurt Nahar met het beeld van Kwaku

Kurt Nahar, 1972, was born in Paramaribo, Suriname, where he lives and works. Between 1993-1997 he studies at the Nola Hatterman Institute (Art School), and in 2000 Nahar attended the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts, and in 2009 Research residency at the Rijksacademie. He has exhibit mostly between Suriname and the Netherlands.

C&H art space
Tweede Kostverlorenkade, 50
1053 SB – Amsterdam
info@ch-artspace.com
www.ch-artspace.com

Stedelijk koopt werk van Iris Kensmil aan

door Priscilla Tosari

2010 was een spannend jaar voor Kensmil. Het grootste deel van het jaar vertoefde ze in New York, waarbij ze artist in residence was bij International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP). Het was een inspirerende, maar zware periode. Vooral een periode van netwerken, waarbij wekelijks wel twee curatoren langs kwamen om haar te ontmoeten en haar werk te bezichtigen. Twee keer per jaar organiseert het ISCP groepstentoonstellingen met alle residenten, waar ze zelf ook aan participeerde. Daarnaast had ze in New York ook een expositie met collega-kunstenaar Charl Landvreugd met de titel No sdon na bakra sturu. De expositie was een hommage aan Elfriede Baarn-Dijksteel (1947-2010), voorzitter van de culturele vereniging Na Afrikan Kulturu fu Sranan (NAKS) in Suriname.

Mellow dance, inkt, pastel, spray op papier, 122x125cm, 2007
Werk van Iris Kensmil aangekocht door het Stedelijk Museum

Ondertussen had Kensmil zich aangemeld voor de tentoonstelling Monumentalism in The Temporary Stedelijk van Het Stedelijk Museum te Amsterdam. Ze kozen haar werk voor hun eerste tentoonstelling. In juli 2010 keerde zij daarom terug naar Nederland. The Temporary Stedelijk exposeerde ‘Sidonhopo’ 2009/10. Een muurschildering waar, op een pastelkleurige panji, een stuk van een brief opgenomen is, die Granman Adjankoeso, leider van de Saramaccaner marrons, schreef aan de secretaris van de Volkenbond in Genève. Op de schildering bracht Kensmil portretten aan van enkele granmans. De muurschildering geeft wederom een emancipatiestrijd weer van de zwarte bevolking, deze keer in Suriname.

Onlangs heeft Het Stedelijk Museum besloten een drietal werken van Kensmil aan te kopen naar aanleiding van de tentoonstelling Monumentalisme – Geschiedenis en nationale identiteit in de hedendaagse kunst. Het gaat daarbij om twee tekeningen en een installatie Who Speaks (december 1982), 2008/ 2010. In 2008 maakte Kensmil de installatie al. Die werd toen geëxposeerd in Museum Jan Cunen in Oss. Het werk bestaat uit 15 portretten van Surinamers die in december 1982 vermoord zijn. Voor Het Stedelijk Museum vernieuwde Kensmil de installatie met regels uit een gedicht van Edgar Cairo, Te fri sa loi. De 15 portretten hangen nu tussen deze regels van Cairo’s gedicht. De twee tekeningen, ‘Mellow Dance’, 2007 en ‘Cool Down the Space’, 2008, die Het Stedelijk ook aankocht, tonen figuren die de typische Ragga-dansbewegingen maken.

Kensmil staat niet stil. In april doet ze mee aan een groepstentoonstelling in Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten in Amsterdam. En in september exposeert ze in Chicago. Ze maakt dan deel uit van een samenwerking van Nederlandse kunstenaars en kunstenaars uit Chicago. Kensmil zal gekoppeld worden aan de uit Chicago afkomstige kunstenares Carol Jackson.

Er is al veel geschreven over Iris Kensmil. Ze zat op de Academie Minerva in Groningen (1992-1996) en kreeg in 2004 het Wim Izaks Stipendium. Het is niet voor niks dat het Stedelijk besloot werk van haar aan te kopen. Met haar werken maakt ze en schrijft ze geschiedenis en breidt ze de Westerse canon uit. Kensmil is een Black-European kunstenares en wordt genoemd als één van de diasporakunstenaars die momenteel in opgang zijn.

Priscilla Tosari (Paramaribo, 1978) is kunsthistorica. Naast haar werk bij Stichting Beeldende Kunst Amsterdam, schrijft zij op freelance basis kunstgerelateerde artikelen. Zij is woonachtig en werkzaam in Amsterdam.

[van Sranan Art Xposed, editie 4]

No sidon na bakra sturu

Charl Landvreugd and Iris Kensmil invite you to: No sidon na bakra sturu (do not sit on the white man’s chair); Homage to Elfriede Baarn–Dijksteel.

Elfriede Baarn-Dijksteel was the President of the social and cultural society NAKS, Na Afrikan Kulturu fu Sranan (The African Culture of Suriname). The 63 year old institution advocates, self-awareness and the celebration of heritage of people of Afro-Surinamese descent. Under Elfriede Baarn–Dijksteel’s visionary leadership NAKS emerged as the prime institute cultivating and promoting African heritage in Suriname, especially amongst youngsters. She viewed knowledge of self and respect of one’s own tools to gain empowerment, confidence and build thriving communities. Elfriede strongly believed that Suriname’s cultural diversity and its history should be leveraged as an asset, in economic and social development.
Elfriede Baarn-Dijksteel passed away on February 1, 2010.

You are cordially invited to celebrate the spirit of Elfriede Baarn-Dijksteel, as well as a lineage of other wise man and women who dedicated their lives to the emancipation of the black people

In an installation of Iris Kensmil and Charl Landvreugd, poems of Elfriede Baarn – Dijksteel and selected others will be read accompanied by ancestral drums.

As a guest you are invited to bring a (small) symbolic gift like you would bring in your own culture to pay tribute to the deceased The present will become part of the installation.

The newly published book of poetry by Elfriede Baarn–Dijksteel will be available.

Location: 6-8 months space, 265 West 37th St. @18th. New York
Date: June 25, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Please BYOB

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