Different Context, Different Meaning?

A photograph of Marcel Pinas’s Faaka Tiki-installation standing in the snow, in Guy and Michele Beddington’s gardens in South France, fascinated me.  A strong work of art can be displayed in many different places, and still make a lasting impression. But does the meaning of the work change, along with the changing degree of unfamiliarity?  And if the perception of a work of art changes, does that matter? The work of Marcel Pinas is all about ‘Kibri a Kulturu’, meaning: preserve our culture.  ‘Our culture’ refers to the culture of the N’Dyuka people from Suriname, the community of Maroon people from which Pinas descends. In Suriname this message seems clear. But in the snow in France, ‘our culture’ seems to take on a much more universal meaning.  The Faaka Tiki-poles, a sort of totems, still radiate a tremendous power, but seem to speak a language which even more people can understand.

Faaka Tiki & Spoon installation in the snow/ ©Courtesy Beddington Fine Art

From the Beddington Fine Art website: “Guy and Michèle Beddington both follow a family tradition, as members of both families in every generation since the 19th century have been closely involved in the Arts, either as patrons, experts, dealers or as artists. They exhibit well-known Contemporary Artists on two floors of a magnificent 18th century ‘Maison de Maître’ on the south-facing ramparts of the mediaeval village of Bargemon, where they also display works from their eclectic collections from other periods. “ A very fine collections of sculptures is on display in their gardens which can be visited by appointment.

Faaka Tiki & Bottles installation / ©Courtesy Beddington Fine Art
Faaka Tiki / ©Courtesy Beddington Fine Art
Installation with spoons / ©Courtesy Beddington Fine Art
Installation with spoons, with Marcel Pinas working to build the installation / ©Courtesy Beddington Fine Art

Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday: 10:00am-12:00pm and 16:00pm-19:00pm

Where: Les Remparts – 83830 Bargemon / Tel/Fax: + 33 (0)4 94 76 64 06 / Mobile: + 33 (0)6 80 11 17 63 / Email: contact@beddingtonfineart.com

Next exhibition: LUME / Apprenez à penser en couleurs et vous verrez le monde autrement [Learn to think in color and see the world differently] / March 23-May 14, 2011 / Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday : 10:00am-12:00pm and 15:00pm-18:00pm or by appointment

NOTE! Marcel Pinas will have two shows in Suriname, June, 2011. Kibii wi Koni, all the installations in KKF-buitlding, June 21-28, 2011 and Kibii wi Koni,paintings in De Hal, June 29-July 3, 2011.

More information about Marcel Pinas can also be found on the Readytex Art Gallery website.

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