Jews in the Caribbean. Four Centuries of History in Suriname and Curacao

On January 30, 2015 the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, opened with a new exhibition: Jews in the Caribbean. Four Centuries of History in Suriname and Curacao. For the first time an extensive exhibition will shed light on the rise and fall of the Jewish communities in countries such as Brazil, Curaçao and Suriname.

The exhibition will be open from January 30 until June 14, 2015.

Jews in the Caribbean. Four Centuries of History in Suriname and Curacao
Jews in the Caribbean. Four Centuries of History in Suriname and Curacao
The sponsors of the exhibition
The sponsors of the exhibition

Although this is not an event about visual arts, we still feel it is good to share this with our Sranan Art Xposed audience. Sasha Dees offered to share her photos with us and so we are grateful to share these with you.

This exhibition is about an important part of Surinamese history. The presence of Jewish people in the Caribbean has added many flavors and colors to the fabric of our culture as we know it today.

Also, this year, we, the SAX Team, want to take a closer look at museums and how they display/share their collection.

Opening night 'Jews in the Caribbean', Cindy Kerseborn on the right / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night ‘Jews in the Caribbean’, Cindy Kerseborn on the right / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night 'Jews in the Caribbean', Dorien van Hinte-Rustwijk / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night ‘Jews in the Caribbean’, Dorien van Hinte-Rustwijk / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night 'Jews in the Caribbean', Eddy Wijngaarde in the background / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night ‘Jews in the Caribbean’, Eddy Wijngaarde in the background / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night 'Jews in the Caribbean', Ellen Tjon A Meeuw / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night ‘Jews in the Caribbean’, Ellen Tjon A Meeuw / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night 'Jews in the Caribbean', Jennifer Smit / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night ‘Jews in the Caribbean’, Jennifer Smit / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night 'Jews in the Caribbean', John Leerdam and friend / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night ‘Jews in the Caribbean’, John Leerdam and friend / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night 'Jews in the Caribbean', Mike Ho Sam Sooi / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night ‘Jews in the Caribbean’, Mike Ho Sam Sooi / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night 'Jews in the Caribbean', Nancy Jouwe and Gianni Campbell / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night ‘Jews in the Caribbean’, Nancy Jouwe and Gianni Campbell / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night 'Jews in the Caribbean' / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night ‘Jews in the Caribbean’ / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night 'Jews in the Caribbean', Pearl Dias / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night ‘Jews in the Caribbean’, Pearl Dias / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night 'Jews in the Caribbean', Rudy  Chotoe and partner / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015
Opening night ‘Jews in the Caribbean’, Rudy Chotoe and partner / PHOTO Sasha Dees, 2015

PHOTOS Sasha Dees, 2015

Sasha Dees: “I want to provide a platform for emerging artists who push limits, cross borders and break down barriers. Art for me is about communication, confronting people without imposing, and creating a dialogue that offers a different perspective. I am interested in the collaboration between different cultures, traditions, genders and between the various art disciplines. All art disciplines are equally important to me –performing arts, visual arts, new media, literature and film. I work with artists who experiment with the classical art forms, who mix them up and break them down– not to destroy, but to analyze, re-use and build something new.”

Sasha lives for the arts. She has 15 years of experience as an international cultural producer and curator working on numerous projects in all art disciplines. She was one of the pioneers in rebuilding the cultural exchange between The Netherlands and Suriname (Caribbean). She also works with American artists and organisations: curating and scouting American talent for European venues and festivals as well as initiating, producing and/or advising on art and cultural exchanges and international collaborations.

Next to her own projects she founded- together with Philip Powel- the not for profit organisation for the arts John106.

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A blog post by Peter Sanches about the exhibition (Dutch language) can be found here: http://mofokoranti.nl.

Article about exhibition in 'De Telegraaf', February 2, 2015
Article about exhibition in ‘De Telegraaf’, February 2, 2015

On YouTube an interview with curator Julie-Marthe Cohen (Jewish Historical Museum) about the exhibition Jews in the Caribbean.  

Als on YouTube: a promo video for ‘A kippah in the Caribbean’, a video production by Tanja Fraai and Mike Ho-Sam-Sooi.  

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