Isan Corinde gives back to Nola Hatterman Art Academy (NHAA)


On Wednesday May 29, 2019, artist Isan Corinde (on Facebook as ICo) made it possible that the editor-in-chief of Sranan Art Xposed digital art platform, Marieke Visser, could give a donation consisting of paint, pencils, brushes and paper to Kurt Nahar, one of the two coordinators of the Nola Hatterman Art Academy (NHAA) (on Facebook).

Isan Corinde is an artist and he was born in Brokopondo, Suriname. In 2012 he graduated from the Nola Hatterman Art Academy (NHAA) in Paramaribo, Suriname.

Isan gets the inspiration for his work from daily life. The colors that he uses come from the Surinamese pangi fabrics that he inherited from his grandmother and who play an important role in the Surinamese culture. The colors make his paintings and other artworks come to life.

Isan organized art projects in the interior of Suriname for the children of the villages he visits. He makes art together with the children, using waste materials. He ‘gives back’ through these projects and shows his gratitude for the talent he was gifted with.
Isan has been living in the Netherlands since 2016 and organizes various annual exhibitions and also continues to work with children from both countries.

Isan Corinde on why he gives back. “I remember that when I studied at Nola I sometimes had no material to work with at all. Sometimes I got some from students. I had to be very careful with my stuff to be able to make a work of art. I always intended to give back some day, if my art would sell good.”

Kurt Nahar studied too at the NHAA where he now works as a teacher and coordinator. He is also a successful Surinamese artist, one of the core artists of Readytex Art Gallery.

“If I had forgotten where I came from, I would have lost my way a long time ago.” – Isan Corinde

The donation & Kurt Nahar being interviewed by Euritha Tjan A Way from de Ware Tijd

An article by Euritha Tjan A Way was published in de Ware Tijd, May 30, 2019

With a hat from her grandfather, Marieke Visser honors Corinde’s ideas. “He is known as the womi (Saramaccan word meaning ‘man’) with the hat. I love how this artist honors the past, how he lives the present – and how! – and supports the future. by wearing my grandfather’s hat I want to show my respect for the forefathers, for the artist and for the next generation.”







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