‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / ‘The Carriers of the Image’ – 1 – Introduction

June 8, 2017 at 11:01 pm (Been there, Exposed) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

De Dragers van het Beeld, in English: The Carriers of the Image, is an art exhibition that was held in the foyer of Theatre Thalia, from April 28 until May 7, 2017. It was part of the celebration of 180 years Theatre Thalia. Eight visual artists worked with the theme of death, and more: resurrection from death, new life …

Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi wrote a series of columns that we will be sharing on the SAX-blog. Today part 1. Please find the Dutch text under the English text. 

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A Sparkling New Life

Alakondre [literally meaning: of all countries] is the word that we should use to brand Suriname’, said Alida Neslo. With that statement she found an immediate ally within me. This alliance would be continued, as I became the coordinator for visual arts of a team dedicated to celebrate the 180th anniversary of Theatre Thalia in a fitting way. The celebration of 180 years Thalia should breathe new and sparkling life into the theatre.

The Theme

In many cultures death is seen as the end of one life and the beginning of another new life. As a team dedicated to the celebration of 180 years Thalia, we initially spoke more about death and the way in which different cultures process death. But almost simultaneously, the discussion started to revolve around what happens after death: reincarnation, the afterlife, rebirth, etc. The most dominant question that came up was: How is this interpreted by different people and by different cultures? The theme for the celebration of Thalia 180 years, started to develop from here. Eros, Thanatos and Phoenix were brought forward as points of departure for the theme of the celebration. Eros as life energy, Thanatos as the non-violent peaceful death and the Phoenix as the symbol of eternal life; a cyclical life of passing and rebirth.

Visual Art

The theme was presented to the eight participating visual artists: Razia Barsatie, Anand Binda, Winston van der Bok, Soeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, George Struikelblok and Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi. Each artist was inspired by an entirely different aspect of the theme.

The diverse interpretations of the theme are elaborated upon in various short columns, which will help the public to better understand what the works of art displayed in the celebratory exhibition of Theatre Thalia 180 years are actually about. This visual art exhibition was on display from April 28 until May 7, 2017. In addition to the visual art exhibition there also was a Living Art Show, which was presented within the dance program in the weekend of May 5-7, 2017. It was a collaboration between visual artists and performance artists. The artistic concepts, created by the visual artists, were interpreted and performed by the performance artists. The coordination of the Living Art Show was in the hands of Dweight Warsodikromo.

TEXT Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, 2017

Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi is a female visual artist from Suriname. She works and lives in Paramaribo, Suriname, South America. Kit-Ling studied visual art in Suriname and in the Netherlands. In 2005 Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi added the short video-film as a medium to her artwork. Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi makes paintings and drawings, inspired by the tropical rainforest, and the richness of the diverse cultures in Suriname.

Kit-Ling was the featured visual artist at the 13th International Conference of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars. This conference, The Caribbean, the Land and the People; Women’s Efforts, Women’s Lives, was held in Suriname, in May 2012. Kit-Ling was the recipient of the Bridget Jones Award for 2013.

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHY Ada Korbee & Marieke Visser, 2017

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‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / ‘The Carriers of the Image’ – 1 – Introduction

‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / The Carriers of the Image – 2 –  Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi

‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / The Carriers of the Image – 3 –  Winston van der Bok

‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / The Carriers of the Image – 4 –  Razia Barsatie

‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / The Carriers of the Image – 5 –  Soeki Irodikromo

‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / The Carriers of the Image – 6 –  Dhiradj Ramsamoedj

‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / The Carriers of the Image – 7 –  Sri Irodikromo

‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / The Carriers of the Image – 8 – Anand Binda 

‘De Dragers van het Beeld’ / The Carriers of the Image – 9 –  George Struikelblok

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Een sprankelend nieuw leven

Alakondre is het woord waarmee we Suriname moeten branden’, zei Alida Neslo en daarmee had ze in mij een bondgenoot gevonden. Dit bondgenootschap zette zich voort door als coördinator van beeldende kunst plaats te nemen in een team dat zich zou inzetten om 180 jaar Theater Thalia op gepaste wijze te vieren. De viering van 180 jaar Thalia moet Thalia weer nieuw en sprankelend leven inblazen.

Het thema

In veel culturen wordt de dood gezien als het einde van een bepaald leven en het begin van een ander nieuw leven. Als team dat zich wilde inzetten voor de viering van 180 jaar Thalia, spraken we eerst meer over de dood en het verwerken van de dood binnen verschillende culturen. Maar bijna simultaan werd er ook gesproken over wat er na de dood gebeurt: de reïncarnatie, het hiernamaals, de wedergeboorte etc. Daarbij werd vooral de vraag gesteld: Hoe wordt dit gezien door verschillende mensen, verschillende culturen? Van daaruit is het thema rond de viering van Thalia 180 jaar zich verder gaan ontwikkelen. Eros, Thanatos en Phoenix (Feniks) werden als uitgangspunten voor het thema binnen de viering van 180 jaar Thalia naar voren geschoven. Eros als levensenergie, Thanatos als de geweldloze zachte dood en de Phoenix als symbool van een eeuwig leven; een cyclisch leven van heengaan en wedergeboorte.

Beeldende kunst

Het thema werd voorgelegd aan de acht (8) deelnemende beeldende kunstenaars, te weten Razia Barsatie, Anand Binda, Winston van der Bok, Soeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, George Struikelblok en Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi. Elke kunstenaar werd geïnspireerd door een geheel andere aspect van het thema.

De diverse interpretaties van het thema zijn in verschillende korte columns uiteen gezet en op deze manier kwam het kunstminnend publiek meer te weten over de inhoud van de kunstwerken die in de feestexpositie van Theater Thalia 180 jaar te zien waren. Deze beeldende kunstexpositie was te zien vanaf 28 april tot en met 7 mei 2017. Naast de beeldende kunstexpositie is er ook een Living Art Show gepresenteerd binnen het dansprogramma in het weekend van 5 tot en met 7 mei 2017. Het betrof een samenwerking tussen beeldende kunstenaars en performance artiesten. De kunstconcepten kwamen van de beeldende kunstenaars, maar werden geïnterpreteerd en uitgevoerd door de performance kunstenaars. De coördinatie van de Living Art Show was in handen van Dweight Warsodikromo.

 

 

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SURIFESTA FVAS Giant Painting, December 13 & 14, 2014

December 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm (Coming up) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

What: SURIFESTA FVAS (also to be found on Facebook) Giant Painting 2014. With: George Struikelblok, Dorette Kuster, Patrick Tjon Jaw Chong, Dakaya Lenz, Erwin de VriesRon FluGlenn Fung LoyRinaldo KlasSoeki IrodikromoAnand Binda, Leo Wong Loi Sing, Jules Brand-Flu, Reinier AsmoredjoAugust Bohé, Ray Daal, Stanny Handigman, Cliff Rasidin, Ardie Setropawiro, Sri Irodikromo, Manuela Tjin A Soe, André Sontosoemarto, Kim Sontosoemarto, Daniel Djojoatmo, Dhiradj RamsamoedjKurt NaharRanjan AkloeLeonnie van EertArti AbhelakhJohan Doelradjak

When: December 13 & 14, 2014, 10:00 hrs till late

Where: Sidewalk Café ‘t Vat, Kleine Waterstraat 1, Paramaribo 

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The previous giant painting, made by FVAS members in 1997. Participants: Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, Ron Flu, Glenn Fung Loy, Rinaldo Klas, Soeki Irodikromo, Anand Binda, Reinier Asmoredjo, August Bohé, Ray Daal, Stanny Handigman, Sharda Harkhoe, Cliff Rasidin, Ardie Setropawiro, Micheal Wong Loi Sing, Anita Hartmann — at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport

The previous giant painting, made by FVAS members in 1997. Participants: Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, Ron Flu, Glenn Fung Loy, Rinaldo Klas, Soeki Irodikromo, Anand Binda, Reinier Asmoredjo, August Bohé, Ray Daal, Stanny Handigman, Sharda Harkhoe, Cliff Rasidin, Ardie Setropawiro, Micheal Wong Loi Sing, Anita Hartmann — at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport

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30 years ABKS – Association of Visual Artists in Suriname with exhibition ‘Unleashed’

February 20, 2014 at 8:42 pm (Exposed) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

More than thirty years ago a group of visual artists in Suriname met to exchange thoughts and ideas about the situation of the local visual arts scene. This meeting would signify the birth of the ABKS: Associatie Beeldende Kunstenaars Suriname [Association of Visual Artists in Suriname]. This 30th anniversary of the ABKS in 2014, is the perfect occasion for a festive exhibition: ‘Unleashed’.

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The original membership criteria for the association were clear: one had to have been “continuously and seriously, engaged in the visual arts for many years”.  The number of members was never to exceed ten. And there would be a group exhibition once every two years.

The first exhibition, ‘Identiteit’ [Identity], was held in 1984. Several days before the exhibition, Nola Hatterman, a key figure in the history of art education in Suriname, also an ABKS member and scheduled participant of the exhibition, passed away in an accident. Despite this tragic turn of events this first ABKS exhibition still turned out to be a success. The other participants at that exhibition in 1984 were Ron Flu, Rudi Getrouw (YouTube), Soeki Irodikromo, Ruben Karsters (Sranan Art blog post), Cliff San A Jong (YouTube)and Paul Woei.

The most recent exhibition was Crossroads of Life in De Hal,  from April 14th-16th of 2011. Participating artists at that time: Anand Binda, Pierre Bong A Jan, Dani Djojoatmo, Ron FluSoeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Ardie Setropawiro, Kim Sontosoemarto, Jhunry Udenhout and Leo Wong Loi Sing.

PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Planned for the upcoming anniversary, is the exhibition Unleashed, also in De Hal,  which will be open to the public from February the 22nd until the 27th, from 10:00-13:00 hrs and from 18:00-21:00 hrs. All ABKS-members will participate including the original members Ron Flu and Soeki Irodikromo.

Even after thirty years, the right of existence of the Association remains undisputed. The membership criteria have however, been somewhat expanded. Younger artists now also have the opportunity to join, such as in 2009 Pierre Bong A Jan, Dani Djojoatmo, Sri Irodikromo and Kim Sontosoemarto.

In 1988 Rudi Getrouw writes in the preface to the brochure published to accompany the ABKS exhibition ‘Prospects’ : “In our view – and history gives us in the right to see it that way – the artists do have a role, even a very important one. Due to their sensitivity, mysteriously connected through countless invisible threads with the spiritual life of their time, artists also give direction, by their visual activity. An artist is extremely receptive to the expressive character of the visual reality . In combination with the artist’s abilities as a designer, he helps determine the ‘face’ of his people; he opens our eyes to the visual, he teaches us. A nation without art has no face.”

26 years later, Rudi Getrouw’s words are still true and once again underline the importance of artists and artists’ initiatives , such as the ABKS , for a country to help shape the spiritual life and to give the nation a face and to give it’s people a direction which way to go.

This jubilee year has yet another silver lining, namely the 80th birthday of one of its early members, Ron Flu.

Download the pdf of the exhibition brochure for free here: Brochure ‘Unleashed’.

TEXT Marieke Visser, 2014

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld

Ron Flu / PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Ron Flu / PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Soeki Irodikromo / PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Soeki Irodikromo / PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Anand Binda | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Anand Binda | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Pierre Bong A Jan | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Pierre Bong A Jan | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS
Dani Djojoatmo | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Dani Djojoatmo | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Sri Irodikromo | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Sri Irodikromo | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Ardie Setropawiro  | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Ardie Setropawiro | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Kim Sontosoemarto | PHOTO Courtesy ABKSKim Sontosoemarto | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Jhunry Udenhout | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Jhunry Udenhout | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Leo Wong Loi Sing | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

Leo Wong Loi Sing | PHOTO Courtesy ABKS

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‘Sea Turtles’ by Anand Binda

May 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm (Headlines, Uncategorized) (, , , )

Visual artist Anand Binda‘s work Sea Turtles won an award during the ShowArt Internacional en Gijón 2013. This was an exhibition in Gijón, Spain, fromMarch 4-April 4, 2013, where many South American countries participated. ShowArt Internacional is run by an Argentine art organization. A panel consisting of three art experts chose Binda’s work from a selection of forty works.
Anand Binda, ‘Sea Turtles’, acrylic on linen, 50x70cm, 2010 | PHOTO Courtesy Artist

Anand Binda, ‘Sea Turtles’, acrylic on linen, 50x70cm, 2010 | PHOTO Courtesy Artist

It is the third time Anand Binda works with this organization. The way ShowArt Internacional works is as follows: the organization approches artists whose work they have seen on websites. They make a selection and invite the artist to send a digital image of the work which is printed on canvas ensuring a high quality reproduction. The participating artists pay an entrance fee and part of the revenues is donated to a good cause. For instance, when Anand Binda participated in Mexico, a donation was made for Mexican children who live on the street.
Participating artists for ShowArt Internacional en Gijón 2013 are listed below. Their work can be seen here, in a slideshow.

Melissa Amado – Panama

Francisco das Chagas Batista Junior – Brasil

Eugenia Belden – Mexico

Anand Binda – Suriname

Liliana Bos – Argentina

Mayoli V. Bruguera – Mexico

Lupita De Colombres – Mexico

Claudia Costantini – Argentina

Susana D´Momo – Argentina

Liliana Etcheguía – Argentina

Miguel de Lanú – Chile

Elsa  Ottonello – Argentina

Emilio Héctor Rodríguez – Cuba – USA

Sofía Rébora – Argentina

Lilian Reisenweber – Argentina

Magaly Santos – Venezuela – USA

Carmen Sasieta – Peru –USA

Carlos Gigena Seeber – Argentina

Osvaldina Servián – Paraguay

Gonzalo Fonseca Torres – Colombia

Stella Zunino – Argentina

Coordination: Cinta Agell & Susana Weingast

The original work Sea Turtles was last exhibited in Royal House of Arts, a venue which has now closed its doors. From June 3-7, 2013, it will be part of the Apna Kala exhibition, to commemorate 140 years of East-Indian immigration.

Invitation

Invitation

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Solo exhibition Anand Binda makes visitor reflect on pure beauty

November 15, 2012 at 4:30 pm (Coming up) (, , , , )

From Friday November 16 till Thursday December 1, 2012, one can visit the solo exposition of the established artist Anand Binda. The expo is held at the Royal House of Art gallery at the Royal Torarica hotel and carries the name The beauty in our lives. For this exhibition Binda selected 17 paintings, where nature is the main topic: trees, water sceneries and animals.

Anand Binda – title unknown, acrylic on linen, 2012 | Courtesy Anand Binda, 2012

 

In his work the artist captured the beauty of our surroundings. The splendour of nature, but also the beauty of magnificent moments from the present and the past. This includes a portrait of a girl, but also a painting of ‘Old Poelepantje’. This is the place where Binda spent his youth and with an impressive painting of 2 x 1.5 meters, he brings us back to the fifties of the last century. We see the Willem Campagneweg with little boats when it was not filled in yet and the characteristic water tower. It is the second time the artist paints this place, but this time he went about it with a very critical eye, with lots of attention for the construction of the buildings. Archive photo’s and memories were the basis for this painting. With this work Binda wants to bring this place back to life in all her beauty and relive his childhood memories.

Anand Binda – Klassieke dans [Classical dance], acrylic on linen, 2012 | Courtesy Anand Binda, 2012

In 2008 Anand Binda also had an exhibition at the Royal House of Art gallery and then nature had a prominent place as well. For Binda nature remains a fascinating subject as it is in constant movement and therefore always original. “Nature is pure”, says the artist. “A tiger for example, only hunts for what he needs. It does not stash food and does not consume lavishly. A fruit trees is also dependable: mangoes do not suddenly change into oranges. It also keeps on renewing itself by giving new leaves. But people are more unreliable and do not always take good care of their surroundings; of nature. How long are we going to keep this up?”

Anand Binda – Waterpartij met lelies [Pond with lilies], acrylic on linen, 2012 | Courtesy Anand Binda, 2012

The artist uses his paintings to make a statement. He wants to make people aware of the beauty they encounter every day and indicate that we must cherish this. He wants to pass on a message, like the importance of nature conservation, but always in a subtle way. By touching people with beauty, they will open up to your message. Binda: “You should not force yourself upon people. When you are subtle, things will find their own way. Through my work I stir up a process with a much bigger effect.”

Anand Binda – Portret met jong meisje [Portrait with young girl], acrylic on linen, 2012 | Courtesy Anand Binda, 2012

This subtlety can also be found back in his impressionistic style. Binda loves the effect of light in his paintings. The preliminary work for his paintings is often done with help of a photo camera and sketchbooks. He makes a selection of what catches his interest in certain series and starts working with these in his studio.

The artist aims for personal growth. His vision is that human beings are being lent certain talents and that it is our duty to further develop this talent and to show this development to others. It is important to give back. As such the artist also participates in a benefit project of the Argentinean organisation Asociación de Artistas Plásticos Internacionales (ADAPI), where on the 9th of this month works from various South American artist were sold for Mexican street children. Also this suits the philosophy of sharing through art. The artist feels blessed to be able to give back to society in this way.

Anand Binda – Landschap [Landscape], acrylic on linen, 2012 | Courtesy Anand Binda, 2012

In the evenings and on Saturdays, visitors of the expo can exchange thoughts with the artist about his paintings and can let themselves be challenged by his work. What do his paintings evoke with the viewer? The core of Binda’s work is to be in harmony with the community and to share through art. That is what gives life its golden rim: its beauty.

Anand Binda – Oud Poelepantje [Oldenday Poelepantje], acrylic on linen, 2012 | Courtesy Anand Binda, 2012

Anand Binda – Mens en dier [Man and animal], acrylic on linen, 2012 | Courtesy Anand Binda, 2012

Anand Binda – title unknown, acrylic on linen, 2012 | Courtesy Anand Binda, 2012

 

Anand Binda – Puppy’s [Puppies], acrylic on linen, 2012 | Courtesy Anand Binda, 2012

What: The beauty in our lives, solo exhibition by Anand Binda

When: November 16-December 1, 2012. Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 10:00-15:00 hrs, Saturday: 10:00-13:00 hrs, Wednesday- Friday- Saturday: 19:00-21:00 hrs

Where: Royal House of Art, Royal Torarica, Paramaribo

Please also take a look at another previous Sranan Art blogpost about Anand Binda.

TEXT ©Sranan Art/Vanda Koorndijk-Kernizan, 2012

PHOTOGRAPHY Anand Binda, 2012

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A Close Look – Anand Binda: “Making art is my mission”

April 16, 2011 at 9:53 pm (A Close Look, Coming up) (, , , , , , , , )

From April 18-May 7 2011 Anand Binda will have a solo exhibition in Royal House of Art, Royal Torarica, Kleine Waterstraat 10, Paramaribo, +597 473821 / (0)855 3525. With the compliments of Parbode this blog post  offers the Sranan Art readers a close look at Anand Binda’s way of working and an indepth view of his art, written by Lynn Laureys.  

Making art is my mission. Everybody has goals in life and I discovered my mission quite early on. Even back in elementary school I was already drawing on the blackboard and making drawings for classmates. In 1973 I left for the Art Academy of The Hague. I can still vividly remember the day of admissions. About three hundred applicants were standing in line with a large portfolio folder under their arms. Everybody knew that only 30 would be admitted. I stood there with two other Surinamese hopefuls and most of the candidates came back out crying. But all three of us were accepted. Unbelievable. One of them still lives in Holland and the other never finished. I am the only one who kept on going.

Anand Binda in his studio / PHOTO Lynn Laureys, 2010

Suriname has a relatively young art tradition. Going to Holland was therefore the logical thing to do. I have never regretted my choice, even though it was a difficult decision. After my education I immediately returned to Suriname. The nature and the country pulled at me like a magnet. Since then I have never been gone for longer than three months. And I think I will keep living here forever.

Impressionism has never again let go of me. When I first entered the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, I was instantly intrigued by the work of Dutch impressionists such as George Breitner and Jacob Maris. That trend in art has become a part of me. The impressionists caused a breakthrough in their time, around approximately 1900. They took their easels outside with them and studied the light. In one day for example Claude Monet made a series of eight paintings because the sunlight resulted in a play of shadows. It was the discovery of nature. Painters took a step back from their fantasy and concentrated wholly on reality. In meditation you also learn that there is only one reality. Nature is the only thing that remains constant. People change, but nature always remains true to itself.

Meditation and art go hand in hand. The one reinforces the other. The majority of mankind lives on the outside and neglects the inside. Artists are people who concentrate more on what is inside. There are also a great deal of artists who use drugs, but then you become disoriented and get on the wrong track. This should be avoided at all cost. You have to look at yourself while completely level-headed. People tend to hold on to negative thoughts for too long, even if it is not necessary. Meditation teaches you to let go and to focus on the moment. Your entire perception changes once you let go of all of your problems. And then you can embrace life.

Letting go is not easy. I always let my paintings ‘ripen’ in my living room. If I am not satisfied, I take them back down and change certain things. Sometimes I find it difficult to sell paintings. It is a bit like saying farewell.

Acting intuitively can result in surprises. The first thing I do to a blank canvas is paint it over with several layers of yellow. That color has the tendency to shine through the upper layers, as a warm glow. This is something I discovered by coincidence. Later on I read in a book that many of the old masters did the same thing.

Emotions are of great importance. Especially for an artist. Karel Appel, Corneille and Constant, members of the Cobra-movement from the fifties, were driven by the purity in the drawings of children. A child has no preconceptions; adults influence them automatically during their upbringing. I train teachers to form art education. In each elementary school, one teacher is trained to teach Visual expression to the entire school. A teacher should be a coach and guide the children. In those classes students are taught how to deal with fear, joy and anger. Children have great potential. If you allow them to brainstorm about a certain subject, they come up with amazingly good ideas.

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The art scene subconsciously has great influence. We are by nature social creatures and that has a certain effect on your work. You see what artists all around you are producing and you live in a certain atmosphere.

Why doesn’t Suriname have a National Gallery? It is extremely important that a country present her art and culture expressions in an adequate way. This stimulates and inspires. The lack of a good display venue for artists is a national disgrace and shows a lack of self respect. There are occasional and temporary exhibitions at several locations, but there is no permanent overview. Surinamese artists should get the recognition they deserve.

Painting is like an exploratory expedition. I never know how a work will end up looking. That makes it fascinating. Sometimes I have a goal in mind and want to visualize a message. I have noticed that over time you get to know yourself better. You need to choose your own path as an artist and find your own truth. Because that’s what it’s all about. Through the years you develop your own signature style. I would never copy Van Gogh, but I would like to give my interpretation to his vision on reality.

Trees inspire me. They are the silent witnesses of events and they have a great deal to tell. Trees offer us many advantages. Shadow, fruits and beauty. I once painted a large kankantri (silk cottonwood tree) that seemed to glow under a yellow light. I hung the painting in an exhibition but had decided not to sell it. But along came the Director of Billiton, the company that mined bauxite in Suriname, with an unbelievable story. He told me of how several years ago he had given the order to several workers to take down a kankantri at the place where they were to start mining. The workers however, all people who live in the forest, refused to place the dynamite sticks in between the roots of the kankantri, because to them it is a holy tree. After a lengthy search the Director succeeded in finding some workers who were willing to blow up the tree. But right at the moment when they were about to press the button to set off the explosion, lightning struck the tree and split it in two. The tree in my painting symbolized to him exactly that what he had witnessed there that day. I sold the work to this man. It was destined for him.

Discipline is crucial. That is the most important thing I teach my students. It may sound cliché, but craftsmanship is mastery. You need to have a solid base in order to build on from there. Even great artists such as Picasso started out initially making realistic paintings. He started experimenting with cubism later on. And that is as it should be, step by step. If I skip my morning ritual, I feel incomplete. Each day for me starts with a walk through nature. After this I do breathing exercises and yoga. These are in preparation for the actual meditation. It is a daily ritual, even if I am sometimes in a time squeeze.

We need to focus more on positive events. Only dramatic things make the news. Bomb explosions, natural disasters. We are not interested in seeing beautiful things. People hunger for hot news topics and I try to distance myself from that. I rarely look at the news and if it leans towards the sensational, I instantly turn it off. I would like to engage myself for a program about visual art, but then there would be little time left over for painting.

Artist have an enormous ego. You have to learn how to deal with that and how to make your ego into your friend. You can’t do without an ego, but you have to live in harmony with yourself. Arrogance, greed and jealousy should absolutely be avoided.

I am very fond of my studio. It is extremely inspiring here and that is why I hardly ever leave my house. It is a real pleasure to be here. In the back of my garden I have a stream where I often sit with my dogs. Heavenly. Nature is my muse. I can also paint in other places, but my work environment must have a peaceful atmosphere.

Spatially I want to take it one step further. Adding an extra dimension to my work and digging beyond the flat surface. Which direction this will take exactly, I cannot yet say. During my studies at the art academy three-dimensional art was my strongest subject and exactly that is a side I have never before utilized. I am curious as to what will come of it.

Anand Binda exhibits his work several times a year, in Suriname as well as abroad. He also works as a visual arts teacher. He exhibited for example, in Moscow early 2010 and was one of the artists who made artifacts for the World exhibition in Shanghai. In October 2010 his work was on display at the National Art Fair in Suriname and in an exhibition in Barbados, together with other FVAS-members. In 2011 his work is included in the ABKS exhibition Crossroads in Life in April, in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname and in an exhibition at Royal House of Art, Paramaribo, Suriname. This solo exhibition will run from April 18-May 7. During the second half of 2011 Anand Binda will participate -invited by Arte Euroamericano- in an exhibition in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Anand Binda’s mail address is binand@yahoo.com

TEXT Lynn Laureys. After a training period with the monthly magazine Parbode in Paramaribo, Suriname, Lynn Laureys (Vilvoorde, Belgium, 1987) finished her studies in 2010, as a Bachelor of Journalism at the Arteveldehogeschool in Gent, Belgium. At the moment she lives in Belgium again and she participates in the Master Program Cultural Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven. Contact: lynn.laureys@gmail.com

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld

This post was made possible by Parbode, a monthly, Dutch language, magazine in Suriname. Every month the magazine devotes two pages to art, written by Bart Krieger. In ‘Kunstschatten’ Krieger takes a close look at works of art.

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Been there – Crossroads of Life

April 5, 2011 at 9:36 am (Been there) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Members of the Association for Visual Artists in Suriname (Associatie van Beeldende Kunstenaars in Suriname), ABKS, will be presenting a new show Crossroads of Life in De Hal from April 15 thru 16, 2011.  The opening night is on April 14, from 19:00 to 21:00 hours. Participating artists: Anand Binda, Ardi Setropawiro, Dani Djojoatmo, Jhunry Udenhout, Kim Sontosoemarto, Leo Wong Loi Sing, Pierre Bong A Jan, Ron Flu, Soeki Irodikromo and Sri Irodikromo.

Visit the Sranan Art Flickr account to see some pictures.

Back row: Dani Djojoatmo, Kim Sontosoemarto, Sri Irodikromo, Pierre Bong A Jan, Ardie Setropawiro, Jhunry Udenhout. Front row: Anand Binda, Leo Wong Loi Sing, Soeki Irodikromo, Ron Flu / Photo: Patrick Tjon Jaw Chong, 2011

Opening hours: 09:00 to 12:00 and 18:00 to 21:00 hours

Venue: De Hal, Grote Combéweg  45, Paramaribo, Suriname

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