Thursday-Night-Feature: Presentation Kenneth Flijders

June 1, 2017 at 12:33 pm (Coming up, Thursday Night Feature, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , , , )

What: Thursday-Night-Feature, Presentation Kenneth Flijders (Facebook Event)

When: Thursday June 01, 2017, 19:00-21:00 hrs, presentation starts at 19:30 hrs

Where: Readytex Art Gallery (RAG) (also on Facebook), Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname


Kenneth Flijders: His fondness for the Mahogany tree and the surprising artistic possibilities it offers him 

Readytex Art Gallery and visual artist Kenneth Flijders are getting ready for the upcoming Thursday-Night-Feature (TNF) of June 1st. On this evening this seasoned yet humble artist will surprise the public with a special presentation. For a very long time now, and for several reasons, Kenneth Flijders has been fascinated with the Mahogany tree. The important role that this tree plays in his life has a lot to do with his great love for plants and his genuine interest in everything of special historical value to Suriname, but it is especially important because of his career as an artist. 

Kenneth Flijders is an artist who, throughout his career, is known to sculpt, to paint, make various types of prints, but who above all likes to experiment with different materials and surfaces. In his work he has used palm fibers, the natural handmade paper from his students at ‘Stichting Matoekoe’, he has painted on old discarded doors and windows that would normally have ended up as garbage, and at one point he discovers that he can paint beautifully with an extract obtained from left over pieces of Mahogany wood. In his workplace, wood from old fallen over or removed Mahogany trees is transformed into unique sculptures such as his famous and quite realistic watermelon and pumpkin pieces, but also into a new experimental pigment, which he successfully paints with on canvas and paper.

On this upcoming TNF Kenneth Flijders will talk about, and demonstrate, how he uses Mahogany tree remnants to make the rich reddish-brown extract that he uses to paint with. He will also talk about his particular affinity for the Mahogany tree and he will exhibit several of the works of art in which he has used the extract. In his own garden Kenneth Flijders plants and grows several of these trees and he will also incorporate a number of small Mahogany trees in his presentation.   Everybody is welcome to join us in Readytex Art Gallery for this special presentation of Kenneth Flijders at the TNF of Thursday June 1st. Doors are open from 7:00pm-9:00pm and the presentation starts at 7:30pm.


Kenneth Flijders / PHOTO Courtesy Readytex Art Gallery

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Thursday-Night-Feature: Open House Readytex Art Gallery

May 3, 2017 at 2:29 pm (Coming up, Thursday Night Feature, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , , )

What: Thursday-Night-Feature, Open House Readytex Art Gallery (Facebook Event)
When: Thursday May 04, 2017, 19:00-21:00 hrs

Where: Readytex Art Gallery (RAG) (also on Facebook), Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname

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At the upcoming Thursday-Night-Feature on May 4th, Readytex Art Gallery welcomes guests for yet another relaxing ‘Open House’ presentation in which we celebrate good company and great art. As we do for every new TNF, the art presentation in the entire gallery is switched up with different works from our substantial stock of fine art. Noteworthy this month is that the exhibition on the first floor has been put together by one of our own most experienced artists, in this case fulfilling the role of guest curator, Kenneth Flijders. Don’t miss this special presentation in which Kenneth Flijders displays works from artists whose imagery deals with social themes in Suriname and abroad. Doors open from 19:00-21:00 hrs.

Kenneth Flijders & Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld

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Thursday-Night-Feature: Open House Readytex Art Gallery

February 27, 2017 at 5:58 pm (Coming up, Thursday Night Feature, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , )

What: Thursday-Night-Feature, Open House Readytex Art Gallery (Facebook Event)
When: Thursday March 02, 2017, 19:00-21:00 hrs

Where: Readytex Art Gallery (RAG) (also on Facebook), Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname


The Thursday-Night-Feature (TNF) of Readytex Art Gallery for the month March is right around the corner. This upcoming TNF is planned according to a slightly different concept. This Thursday night will simply be a pleasant ‘Open House’ intended to give visitors the opportunity to stroll through the gallery at their leisure, thus allowing them to fully enjoy the new selection of works that the gallery team has put on display especially for this occasion. In order to enhance the visitor’s experience, most artists will also be present and available on this evening to speak with anybody who wishes to do so. 

As is customary, the ground floor of the gallery will display a mixed collection of artworks from all of the artists represented by Readytex Art Gallery. Therefore, those guests who find it difficult to navigate the stairs do not need to do so in order to enjoy a beautiful exhibition of artworks. All artists do however have work on display in a separate spot on one of the gallery’s other three floors. Readytex Art Gallery currently represents a group of 19 ambitious core and guest artists, whom collectively ensure that there is always a beautiful, stimulating and varied collection of art on view for the visitors.

At Readytex Art Gallery you will thus always find works of art from (in alphabetical order): Reinier Asmoredjo, Paul Chang, Leonnie van Eert, Kenneth Flijders, Shaundell Horton, Soeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Rinaldo Klas, John Lie A Fo, Kurt Nahar, Sunil Puljhun, Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, Xavier Robles de Medina, Roddney Tjon Poen Gie, Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, René Tosari, Steven Towirjo, Wilgo Vijfhoven and Hanka Wolterstorff. 

Readytex Art Gallery gladly invites everyone to visit the ‘Open House’ on the TNF of Thursday March 2nd. It is sure to become a leisurely evening filled with art and stimulating conservations for artists and art lovers alike. And who knows what else the night has in store; some interesting art discussions perhaps? We would like to encourage our guests to use this opportunity to speak with the artists whose work they are interested in. Barring a few, most of the artists living in Suriname will be present. And of course the team of Readytex Art Gallery will also be available for any questions or comments you may have.

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A recent picture with most of the Readytex Art Gallery core artists and team members

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Thursday-Night-Feature: Photo Exchange Suriname Greece

January 31, 2017 at 3:42 pm (Thursday Night Feature, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , , , , , , , )

What: Thursday-Night-Feature, Photo Exchange Suriname Greece
When: Thursday February 03, 2017, 19:00 hrs (doors open 19:00 hrs, start presentation 19:30 hrs) – exhibition February 03-11, 2017
Where: Readytex Art Gallery (RAG) (also on Facebook), Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname

sufov_uitnodigingOn the second Thursday-Night-Feature (TNF) of the year 2017 Readytex Art Gallery once again offers her visitors an interesting and different presentation, this time in a special collaboration with the Surinaamse Fotografen Vereniging (SuFoV) (on Facebook). On Thursday February 2nd Readytex Art Gallery (also on Facebook) will host a video exhibition of the photo exchange between SuFoV in Paramaribo and the Hellenic Photography Society in Athens, Greece. SuFoV was founded in 1993 and currently has approximately 50 members whom practice the art of photography professionally or as an amateur. The Hellenic Photography Society has it’s origins in 1952.

Both organizations are members of the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP) (on Facebook), an international organization with more than 85 member-countries. The FIAP aims to promote collaboration between photographers from different countries and to promote photography in general throughout the world. During regular contact between Greek and Surinamese FIAP liaison officers in June 2016, the idea for a photography exchange project was born. Suriname is mostly unknown amongst Greeks and the SuFoV members were immediately enthusiastic about the opportunity to portray their country in a positive way abroad. On Thursday February 2nd the video exhibition opens simultaneously in the photo gallery of the Hellenic Photography Society in the center of Athens, Greece and in Readytex Art Gallery in the center of Paramaribo, in Suriname.

The exchange offers photographers from both countries the opportunity to present their countries to viewers from another part of the world in a positive and creative way, through their work. At the same time they also get the opportunity to showcase their photographic skills on a broader international platform.
At the video exhibition in Suriname the digital photos of the Greek and Surinamese participants are shown on three specially installed television screens in Readytex Art Gallery. Everyone is welcome to join this interesting presentation. The doors of the gallery open at 7:00 pm and the presentation starts at 7:30 pm.
After the opening presentation on the TNF of February 2nd, the video exhibition of the photo exchange between SuFoV and the Hellenic Photography Society will remain on display in the gallery, although on one screen, up until Saturday February 11th.
The opening hours of the gallery are from Monday–Friday from 8:00am–4:30pm and on Saturday from 8:30am–1:30pm.

In addition to enjoying the video exhibition, guests at the TNF on Thursday February 2nd, can of course also take a moment to enjoy all of the visual artworks on display throughout the gallery. All floors are newly decorated with works of art selected from our storage by curator and visual artist Rinaldo Klas and the RAG team.


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Thursday-Night-Feature: presentation by René Tosari about syuru, also known as sorrel

January 3, 2017 at 12:30 pm (Coming up, Inspired, Thursday Night Feature) (, , , , , , , , , , )

What: Thursday-Night-Feature, presentation by René Tosari about his fascination with syuru, also known as sorrel
When: Thursday January 05, 2017, 19:00 hrs (doors open 19:00 hrs, start presentation 19:30 hrs)
Where: Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname


René Tosari, ‘The Beauty’, mixed media on canvas, 120x100cm, 2016

At Readytex Art Gallery the new year brings with it new possibilities and new challenges, and of course also a new series of Thursday-Night-Features to look forward to! Eager to kick things off for us in 2017 is Surinamese visual artist René Tosari. On January 5th, the first Thursday of the year, Tosari presents a new collection of artworks inspired by an interesting, somewhat unexpected theme. His new artwork has everything to do with a specific plant that the artist is currently fascinated with: sjoeroe or sorrel as the plant is called in the Caribbean.

Over a year ago René Tosari became interested in the fruit of the sorrel plant through a friend who is originally from Trinidad, David Michael. When the artist discovers that it is a very sturdy plant that multiplies easily and rapidly, and from which delicious and healthy tea or juice can be made, ideas start brewing in his artistic brain. David’s stories about the use of sorrel in traditional Caribbean culture as well as Tosari’s own childhood memories about the use of sorrel in Suriname strengthen his interest. The engagement shown in the earlier work of Tosari, especially in the 80’s with regards to socio-political and also agricultural subjects, seems to resurface as a result of his interest in sorrel.

The artist currently has plenty of sorrel plants growing in his garden and his home is always well stocked with sorrel tea. He eagerly hands out plants and fruit and his fascination with the plant has inevitably grown into a new art project. He has entered into a new phase in his art. In some of his new works the inspiration can be read from the canvas literally, but there are also a number of interesting abstract pieces in which the link with sorrel is not so obviously present.

Why and how Tosari became so interested in sorrel and how it has influenced his art, will be explained by the artist at the TNF on Thursday January 5th. He will be assisted in his presentation by David Michael who will briefly talk about the history and the use of sorrel in the Caribbean.


René Tosari has a new website. Please click here.



Eline Visser is in her first year of DIY Textile School, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. For her modules Contrast & Form, she does research and experiments collage techniques with paper and textile, during her stay in Boxel, Wanica, Suriname in December 2016-January 2017. Here is a Sranan Art Xposed Flickr album with the Project Syuru Sorrel Sjoeroe.



From Wikipedia: “In the Caribbean, sorrel drink is made from sepals of the roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa). In Mexico, ‘agua de Flor de Jamaica’ (water flavored with roselle) frequently called ‘agua de Jamaica’ is most often homemade. It is prepared by boiling dried sepals and calyces of the sorrel/flower of Jamaica plant in water for 8 to 10 minutes (or until the water turns red), then adding sugar. It is often served chilled. This is also done in Saint Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago where it is called ‘sorrel’. (In Jamaica, it was introduced by Akan slaves in the late 1600s.) The drink is one of several inexpensive beverages (aguas frescas) commonly consumed in Mexico and Central America; they are typically made from fresh fruits, juices or extracts. Something similar is done in Jamaica but flavor is added by brewing the tea with ginger and adding rum, making a popular drink at Christmas time. It is also very popular in Trinidad and Tobago where cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves are preferred to ginger.”


Making sorrel drink in the happy kitchen / PHOTO Marieke Visser, 2016

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Thursday-Night-Feature: Dhiradj Ramsamoedj talks about AiR in Paris, France

October 4, 2016 at 1:21 pm (Coming up, Meanwhile ..., Thursday Night Feature) (, , , , , , , )

tnf-d-1What: Thursday-Night-Feature, presentation by Dhiradj Ramsamoedj about his artist’s residency in Paris, France (Facebook Event)
When: Thursday October 06, 2016, 19:00 hrs (doors open 19:00 hrs, start presentation 19:30 hrs)
Where: Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname



The October Thursday-Night-Feature (TNF) at Readytex Art Gallery is right around the corner. Just like the previous editions of the TNF, the public has yet another interesting presentation to look forward to this time around. On this Thursday October 6th, visual artist Dhiradj Ramsamoedj will share with guests present at the gallery, all that he has done and experienced during his recent artist-in-residence (AiR) period at Cité internationale des arts (also on Facebook) in Paris, France. This extraordinary opportunity that was awarded to Ramsamoedj was made possible by the Cité internationale des arts residency, the Embassy of France and L’Alliance française in Suriname, ‘DAC de Guyane’ in French Guyana and the local support of Readytex Art Gallery. On this AiR period Ramsamoedj was able to spend three eventful and artistic months in Paris, France. In his studio he created, as specified in his project proposal, a large Anansi spider based on the textile-technique of his well-known ‘flexible man’ figures. In Paris he presented his version of the mythical eight-legged figure from Suriname’s and French Guyana’s shared African heritage, as a symbolic ambassador for cultural unity. What was also immensely gratifying to notice from his frequent messages and photo reports was how intensely the artist was enjoying and experiencing the city of Paris. The experience turned out to be much more than just a residency. It became an adventure. It also became a meaningful introduction to a city and a culture. For all the details of his Cité internationale des arts (also on Facebook) residency and his Paris-experience you simply must be present at the TNF on this Thursday October 6th to hear it all from the artist himself. With the help of photographs, videos and the Anansi spider that he created in his Paris studio, Ramsamoedj will take you back to the countless special moments he experienced in Paris. In order to give a bit of a Parisian flair to this evening, we would like to suggest that all visitors add something to their outfits that is representative of Paris or France. Please note however, this is not a requirement, just a fun suggestion. So please join us for this upcoming TNF with Dhiradj Ramsamoedj on Thursday October 6th. Readytex Art Gallery will be open on this evening from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm, and the presentation of Dhiradj Ramsamoedj will start at 7:30 pm.


Photo Album on Facebook.


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Thursday-Night-Feature: presentation ‘Rebels in Surinamese Art’

August 2, 2016 at 10:17 pm (Coming up, Meanwhile ..., Thursday Night Feature, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , , , )

What: Thursday-Night-Feature, presentation by Chandra van Binnendijk & Marieke Visser about ‘Rebels in Surinamese Art’ (Facebook Event)
When: Thursday August 04, 2016, 19:00 hrs (doors open 19:00 hrs, start presentation 19:30 hrs)
Where: Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname


Kurt Nahar

At Readytex Art Gallery every start of a new month, means that it is time for yet another Thursday-Night-Feature. So indeed, on Thursday the 4th of August the gallery once again opens her doors between 7:00 and 9:00 pm, for a special presentation about art. In this Thursday-Night-Feature Chandra van Binnendijk and Marieke Visser present the results of their search for rebels in Surinamese art.

The writers argue that Suriname does not have an artistic climate in which stimulating debates take place. Nor is there a lively forum for dynamic views and criticisms. Still the visual arts here are not in the least a lethargic affair. In their presentation Van Binnendijk and Visser illustrate that there is indeed art created that does not easily fit into the standard models for contemporary art. Art made by artists who go against the grain of what the establishment considers acceptable.

This Thursday-Night-Feature will discuss artists who have ventured beyond the ‘the main stream’. On this evening the writers pay tribute to the rebels. Especially for the presentation the first floor of the gallery will display works fitting of the theme, selected by Chandra and Marieke, and the staff of Readytex Art Gallery.

 A richly illustrated article on this subject has been published, in English, on the international art website, Arena for Contemporary African, African-American and Caribbean Art: A Dutch version of the article has appeared in de Ware Tijd, July 30 2016, in the section ‘Mens & Maatschappij’.

Those who wish to hear, see and talk more about this subject are welcome on this Thursday, the 4th of August, at the Thursday-Night-Feature of Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the presentation (with slide-show) of Chandra van Binnendijk & Marieke Visser: ‘Looking for rebels in Surinamese art’, starts at 7:30 pm.

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Thursday-Night-Feature: Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi – ‘Caged’

July 7, 2016 at 10:59 am (Coming up, Thursday Night Feature, What's Up Suriname?) (, , , , , )

What: Thursday-Night-Feature, exhibition and presentation by Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi (Facebook Event)
When: Thursday July 07, 2016, 19:00 hrs (doors open 19:00 hrs, start presentation 19:30 hrs)
Where: Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname


Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, ‘Caged 08’, acrylic on canvas, 80x80cm, 2016, featured image for ‘Caged’ / PHOTO Courtesy Readytex Art Gallery, 2016

Each first Thursday of the month, Readytex Art Gallery opens her doors from 19:00 to 21:00 pm, for a special exhibition or activity, known by now as the Thursday-Night-Feature.

At the upcoming Thursday-Night-Feature on July 7th, Readytex Art Gallery once again features an artist from her own group of partner-artists, Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi.

On this night Kit-Ling will use the ground floor of the gallery to present a new series of artworks titled Caged. The artist came up with idea for Caged, based upon the concept that mankind is ‘caged’. ‘Caged’ by political systems, corruption, religion and much more. Inspired by the Surinamese environment, the concept got its own unique form. In addition to her new artworks, Kit-Ling will also delve into Readytex Art Gallery’s storage to select some of her previous works and work from other artists, to add to her exhibition. Aside from being the featured artist, Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi also takes on the role of curator for her exhibition Caged.

The Thursday-Night-Feature of Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi also includes a presentation. In it the artist will among other things reflect on the fact that she was the first graduate of the first accredited Surinamese study ‘Tekenen (Drawing) MO-A’, 40 years ago, at a time when the AHKCO and the Nola Hatterman Institute did not yet exist.

Artist’s page on the Readytex Art Gallery website: here.

Article in Calabash, a Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters, Vol. 4 (2006), Nr. 1 (Spring-Summer): Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, ‘Self-portrait of the Artist Speaking in the Third Person’

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