Elsewhere … in Curacao – ‘Exploring the Past to Envisage the Future’

March 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Elsewhere) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Within the framework of the commemoration of the abolition of 150 years of slavery, several exhibitions will take place in the first half of this year in Curacao, under the auspices of Foundation Arte ’99. The aim of these exhibitions is to give visual artists the possibility to express and visualize their concepts and ideas on this theme. The organizers aim to create moments of reflection through the visual arts. A constructive dialogue and interchange with the public is also being stimulated for everyone to reflect on this theme that has played and still plays an important role in the national, post colonial consciousness of the island population.

Several successful exhibitions already took place in 2013 in a selection of galleries and museums within this same framework. Landhuis Bloemhof (Facebook), the Maritiem Museum (Facebook), Kas di Kultura, the National Archaeological – Anthropological Memory Management (NAAM) and Pietermaai hosted several exhibits that lit the theme in their own way. This year the Museo di Kòrsou (Curaçao Museum), Gallery Alma Blou, Mon Art Gallery (Facebook) and once again Landhuis Bloemhof (Facebook) will follow.

Opening night / PHOTO Rene Bergsma

Opening night / PHOTO Rene Bergsma

The kick-off for the series of exhibitions was held at the Museo di Kòrsou (Curaçao Museum) where on February 14, 2014, the opening took place of the exhibition Exploring the Past to Envisage the Future. It can be visited until May 14, 2014.

Curator is Curacaon art historian Jennifer Smit. She chose to let the general public be introduced to the work of promising young artists as well as the artistic creations of more renowned and internationally acclaimed artists. All ten participating artists are local and work and live in Curacao.

Opening night / PHOTO Rene Bergsma

Opening night / PHOTO Rene Bergsma

Some of the art works were especially made for this exhibition. Others were inspired by the NAAM collection. Existing works of art were also chosen that depict the theme of slavery. This exhibition will include a variety of media such as: photography, sculptures, painting, drawings, assemblages, installations and multimedia work.

A glimpse of the installation by Ailsa Anastatia

A glimpse of the installation by Ailsa Anastatia

Ailsa Anastatia, installation representing Curacao's foundation / Courtesy Facebookpage 1000 Awesome Things About Curacao

Ailsa Anastatia, installation representing Curacao’s foundation / Courtesy Facebookpage 1000 Awesome Things About Curacao

Herman van Bergen, 'Harvest'

Herman van Bergen, ‘Harvest’
Tirzo Martha / PHOTO Rene Bergsma

Tirzo Martha / PHOTO Rene Bergsma

The participating artists are Tirzo Martha, Felix de Rooy, Tony Monsanto, Avantia Damberg, Ailsa Anastatia, Ivanah Suares, Philip Rademaker, Yubi Kirindongo, Herman van Bergen and Omar Kuwas.

Curator Smit calls it a ‘cutting edge’ selection. The artists show work within their own discipline, which brings forth the theme in a surprising, exciting and unconventional way. According to Smit, these works will encourage reflection and above all a constructive dialogue about the intense theme of slavery.

This exhibition is made possible by financial aid of: Mondriaan Fonds, Maduro & Curiel’s Bank, MCIS, Coca-Cola, Spigt Dutch Caribbean, CUROM Broadcasting (Z86) and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied.

Avantia Damberg / PHOTO Courtesy artist

Avantia Damberg / PHOTO Courtesy artist

This art project is being organized under the auspices of Foundation Arte ’99The art exhibitions will run a year long from July 2013 to July 2014. On this page you will find all information and updates on these cultural events. 

Read ARC Magazine‘s article about the exhibition.

On the website of Curacao Art a post about the exhibition.

Anf more (p)reviews:

A preview in 'Antilliaans Dagblad', February 8, 2014

A preview in ‘Antilliaans Dagblad’, February 8, 2014

A review in 'Antilliaans Dagblad', February 17, 2014

A review in ‘Antilliaans Dagblad’, February 17, 2014
A review in 'Amigoe', February 18, 2014

A review in ‘Amigoe’, February 18, 2014

An ‘in memoriam’ for Tony Monsanto.

An 'in memoriam' for Tony Monsanto

An ‘in memoriam’ for Tony Monsanto

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