Ramon Kuster, Ernesto Saldi, Tiara Spalburg and Priya Jewan are the artists who did a great job ‘pimping’ the Jessurunstraat, Paramaribo, Suriname, at the beginning of May with wall paintings. They did so as part of the Switi Rauw project (translated something like: sweet & raw project) initiated by Kevin Headley and Hedy Tjin.
This project aims to reach three goals. First: to make Paramaribo look better. The “raw” city walls are a great canvas for street art. The second goal is to lower the threshold people experience when it comes to art. And thirdly: this is a great way for the audience to get to know (and interact with) the artist.
Switi Rauw already has Carifesta 2013 in Suriname in mind. During that festivel Switi Rauw will go international. Paint company Varossieau is a firm believer in Switi Rauw and has supported the first steps of this project.
Headly and Tjin are on the lookout for new locations to go on with the project. Their adagium is: “Art doesn’t sit stil; it is an ongoing proces”.
Headley and Tjin also use videos to raise awareness about their project.
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