‘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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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

 

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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.

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Photo Album on Facebook.

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Dhiradj Ramsamoedj artist-in-residence in France

June 23, 2016 at 8:58 pm (Headlines) (, , , , )

In December 2015 Readytex Art Gallery received good news for one of her partner artists. Visual artist Dhiradj Ramsamoedj was selected for an artist in residence stay at Cité internationale des arts (also on Facebook) in Paris, France, supported by the partners La Direction des Affaires Culturelles de Guyane (DAC de Guyane) (Direction of Cultural Affairs in La Guyane) (also on Facebook) and the French embassy in Suriname (also on Facebook). A project that will eventually will be coordinated by the cultural operator L’Alliance Française de Paramaribo.

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Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, presenting his plans for the artist’s residency / PHOTO Ada Korbee, 2016

The opportunity for several artists to submit applications for this residency in Paris, France, in 2016 was presented to Readytex Art Gallery by the gallery’s art contact in French Guyana, David Redon of DAC de Guyane. The application process was further guided by Laetitia Péant, the cultural attaché of the French embassy in Suriname. For the preparation of the required application documents, including the project proposals, the artists were assisted by the professional team of Readytex Art Gallery. The applications were subsequently submitted to, and reviewed by, the selection committee of ‘L Institut français in France. In December it was announced that Dhiradj Ramsamoedj was the Surinamese artist chosen for the residency in Paris.

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj is a very promising artist who uses his carefully conceived paintings and installations to express his concerns about various questionable social and political issues in modern society. During his residency-project in Paris he will construct an immense Anansi spider from pieces of cloth representative of Surinamese and French cultures. Ramsamoedj intends to present this mythical Anansi figure from Suriname’s and French Guyana’s shared African heritage, as a symbolical ambassador of cultural unity. For the technique Ramsamoedj will take inspiration from his ‘Flexible man’ figures, three-dimensional cloth sculptures, which he first presented in 2010 at the large Paramaribo SPAN exhibition in Paramaribo and which he has since shown in the Netherlands, the USA, Trinidad and Aruba.

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Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘Flexible man’ / PHOTO Roy Tjin, 2010

Identifying and facilitating international opportunities for her partner artists is an important and ongoing part of the Readytex Art Gallery mission. With the help of their gallery support system several artists submit applications to various art institutes and residency programs each year.

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Dhiradj Ramsamoedj / PHOTO Courtesy Readytex Art Gallery

Ramsamoedj’s residency at Cité internationale des arts in Paris runs from July 1st until August 27th 2016. Financial and technical support for the residency is provided mainly by La Direction des Affaires Culturelles de Guyane (DAC de Guyane), the Cité internationale des arts residency, the French embassy in Suriname and L’Alliance Française de Paramaribo. In Suriname the artist receives professional guidance and support from Readytex Art Gallery. On Tuesday June 28th Dhiradj Ramsamoedj will hold a presentation of his Cité Internationale des arts project proposal at the French residency in Suriname.

TEXT Press release Readytex Art Gallery, 2016

A video made by Dhiradj Ramsamoedj in Paris. 

Blog Dhiradj Ramsamoedjhttp://dhiradjramsamoedj.blogspot.com/.

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An article in ‘de Ware Tijd’, June 2016

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An Eye for Art: Dhiradj Ramsamoedj – ‘De familiegeesten’ [The family spirits]

July 30, 2015 at 11:40 am (An Eye for Art) (, , , , , , )

In collaboration with art critic Rob PerréeReadytex Art Gallery has developed an informative initiative: An Eye for Art. Once every two weeks Rob Perrée discusses a work of art from the collection of Readytex Art Gallery. This week he talks about ‘De familiegeesten’ [The family spirits], oil on canvas, 250 cm wide x 150 cm high, 2010, from Dhiradj Ramsamoedj.

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘De familiegeesten’ [The family spirits], oil on canvas, 250 cm wide x 150 cm high, 2010, USD 1200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘De familiegeesten’ [The family spirits], oil on canvas, 250 cm wide x 150 cm high, 2010, USD 1200 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

The painting ‘De familiegeesten’ [The family spirits] by Dhiradj Ramsamoedj (Paramaribo, 1986) is a work that is just as strange as it is intriguing. At first glance it is a portrayal of a relaxed family gathering. Outside, under a large shed, in cheerful colors. The surroundings are depicted rather realistically even though the light is peculiar, but the people look like they are from another planet. They are science fiction figures, actors from a second-rate Hollywood film. In the center, a creature that hardly even refers to a human anymore.

That creature is the ‘Flexible Man’, the alter ego of the artist. Used by him in several variations amongst which a sculpture, and even more typically, as a ‘suit’ during performances. Here ‘flexible’ does not only refer the flexible nature of the material from which the man is made, but especially to his supposed character.

Ramsamoedj has made a significant amount of works that fall under the all-encompassing title Ordinary People Reloaded. Whether they have been ‘reloaded’ by him, or whether the surroundings have brought about a change, is hard to say. Both are possible. I know that the artists’ opinion of mankind is not solely positive. He believes that many people are losing their true selves and are increasingly being influenced by the self-centered, materialistic world in which they live. He manifests that opinion by giving them oddly shaped heads, which are, for lack facial features, hardly distinguishable. He changes humans into spirits, abstract shadows of reality.

It is notable that he positions the ‘Flexible Man’ centrally. That may be because he wants to clearly distinguish himself from his surroundings, as if he doesn’t want anything to do with his surroundings. On the other hand, the ‘cloth man’ can also be looked at as a symbol of conformity, or more flatly said, as a symbol of someone who just swims with the tide. Is this a case of healthy irony or of blunt self-criticism? If the latter applies, then the flexible man would be the ultimate embodiment of that which the artist generally holds against people.

As I said earlier: a work that is just as strange as it is intriguing.

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'Flexible Man' / PHOTO Roy Tjin

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘Flexible Man’ / PHOTO Roy Tjin

TEXT Rob Perrée, July 2015

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2015

Want to see this and other work of Dhiradj Ramsamoedj ‘up close and personal’? That’s possible at Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo. www.readytexartgallery.comFor more information about Dhiradj Ramsamoedj please visit the website http://readytexartgallery.com/dhiradjramsamoedj.

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More work by Dhiradj Ramsamoedj available in Readytex Art Gallery:

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'You and me', oil on canvas, 150x110cm, 2010 - USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘You and me’, oil on canvas, 150x110cm, 2010 – USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, untitled, wood object, 60x105x31cm, 2013 - USD 400 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, untitled, wood object, 60x105x31cm, 2013 – USD 400 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'A Subtraction of a Memory 12', acryl on canvas, 36x54cm, 2009 - USD 100 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘A Subtraction of a Memory 12’, acryl on canvas, 36x54cm, 2009 – USD 100 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'De Beschermer' [The Protector], acryl on canvas, 114x100cm, 2014 - USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘De Beschermer’ [The Protector], acryl on canvas, 114x100cm, 2014 – USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, '', oil on canvas, 40x65cm, 2008 - USD 165 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ”, oil on canvas, 40x65cm, 2008 – USD 165 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'A Story of My Own VI', acryl on canvas, 119x129cm, 2010 - USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘A Story of My Own VI’, acryl on canvas, 119x129cm, 2010 – USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art 

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'I Sculpture Paramaribo III', acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 - USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘I Sculpture Paramaribo III’, acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 – USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'I Sculpture Paramaribo VI', acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 - USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘I Sculpture Paramaribo VI’, acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 – USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'I Sculpture Paramaribo II', acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 - USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘I Sculpture Paramaribo II’, acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 – USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

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This edition of An Eye for Art has been sent as a RAG-mailing on July 29, 2015 and was published in Kunst en Cultuur in de Ware Tijd on July 29, 2015.

Because really looking at art and understanding art are not always obvious and easy to do, we hope that these regular reviews will at least offer you some insight into the process.  You will get to see how a connoisseur looks at art, discusses it, and then links the work to others within the international art world.

Of course you can only truly judge a work of art when you are actually standing in front of it yourself. We therefore hope to see you soon in Readytex Art Gallery  and are eager to hear what you think of this artwork, and which other works of art you find yourself drawn to. Please note that the artworks discussed are still available for purchase at the time that the review is published.

Rob Perrée is art historian and works as freelance writer, art critic and curator, specialized in contemporary (Afro-) American art, African art, Surinamese art and art using new media. His work has appeared in countless catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers. He is editor of Sranan Art Xposed, editor in chief of Africanah.org and a member of the editing team of Pf Photo Magazine. His website: http://robperree.com.

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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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An Eye for Art: Dhiradj Ramsamoedj ‘I Sculpture Paramaribo II’ and ‘I Sculpture Paramaribo VI’

October 22, 2014 at 11:58 am (An Eye for Art) (, , , , )

In collaboration with art critic Rob PerréeReadytex Art Gallery has developed an informative initiative: An Eye for Art. Once every two weeks Rob Perrée discusses a work of art from the collection of Readytex Art Gallery. This week he talks about ‘I Sculpure Paramaribo II’ and ‘I Sculpture Paramaribo VI’, acryl on canvas, 114 cm wide x 80 cm high, 2014, from Dhiradj Ramsamoedj.

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'I Sculpture Paramaribo II', acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 - USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘I Sculpture Paramaribo II’, acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 – USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'I Sculpture Paramaribo VI', acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 - USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘I Sculpture Paramaribo VI’, acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 – USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

He has been talking about it for years. Dhiradj Ramsamoedj (Paramaribo, 1986) would love to create a sculpture park somewhere around Paramaribo. Or place sculptures at characteristic locations in the city. Just like other plans of such a dreamy nature, it’s difficult to have them realized. They usually get stuck somewhere in the sketch phase and then quietly disappear in an ever greedy drawer.

These works attest to the fact that he did not let that happen. He has converted them into a series of paintings.

These works at least visualize what his intention was. Sculptures or sculpture groupings in clear view of recognizable, familiar buildings. But there is more that they visualize. In contrast to the buildings, the human figures of Dhiradj Ramsamoedj are far from the reality. They have deformed bodies with strange heads, but without faces. From their postures some information might possibly be derived. Arrogance? Despite their nakedness, their gender remains unclear. They look like creatures from another planet. The paintings remind me of scenes from a thrilling  science-fiction film. That sense of suspense is not just created by the strange creatures, but also by the surroundings. Although they might be familiar, the use of color, the shadows and the black lines make them seem ominous. As though there is dramatic change in weather coming up.

In all of his works Ramsamoedj ultimately portrays an image of people. His ‘Flexible Man’, constructed from colorful scraps of material is a prime example thereof. I cannot shake off the impression that his image of mankind shows negative traits. His people seem to withdraw from their environment. They seem to have no regard for these surroundings. Didn’t Ramsamoedj make an empty-plastic-bottle sculpture, drifting on the Suriname River, at the beginning of his art career? As a kind of symbol of pollution? Is the approaching storm sensation that these paintings generate, not a portrayal of the consequences?  Is his flexible man not just a disguised conformist who doesn’t want to stand for anything?

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'Flexible Man' / PHOTO Roy Tjin

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘Flexible Man’ / PHOTO Roy Tjin

If this explanation makes sense, then there is every reason to place the sculptures of  Ramsamoedj on strategic locations in the city. They at least provide some food for thought. And in the meantime they break the code that sculptures in public spaces should always represent pride, glorification or remembrance.

TEXT Rob Perrée, Amsterdam, October, 2014

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2014

Want to see this and other work of Dhiradj Ramsamoedj ‘up close and personal’? That’s possible at Readytex Art Gallery, Maagdenstraat 44-upstairs, Paramaribo. www.readytexartgallery.comFor more information about Dhiradj Ramsamoedj please visit the website http://readytexartgallery.com/dhiradjramsamoedj.

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More work by Dhiradj Ramsamoedj available in Readytex Art Gallery:

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'I Sculpture Paramaribo III', acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 - USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘I Sculpture Paramaribo III’, acryl on canvas, 114x80cm, 2014 – USD 600 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'De Beschermer' [The Protector], acryl on canvas, 114x100cm, 2014 - USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘De Beschermer’ [The Protector], acryl on canvas, 114x100cm, 2014 – USD 700 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'You and me', oil on canvas, 150x110cm, 2010 - USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘You and me’, oil on canvas, 150x110cm, 2010 – USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'A Story of My Own VI', acryl on canvas, 119x129cm, 2010 - USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘A Story of My Own VI’, acryl on canvas, 119x129cm, 2010 – USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, '', oil on canvas, 40x65cm, 2008 - USD 165 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ”, oil on canvas, 40x65cm, 2008 – USD 165 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'A Subtraction of a Memory 12', acryl on canvas, 36x54cm, 2009 - USD 100 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘A Subtraction of a Memory 12’, acryl on canvas, 36x54cm, 2009 – USD 100 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, untitled, wood object, 60x105x31cm, 2013 - USD 400 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, untitled, wood object, 60x105x31cm, 2013 – USD 400 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

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This edition of An Eye for Art has been sent as a RAG-mailing on October 22, 2014 and was published in Kunst en Cultuur in de Ware Tijd on October 22, 2014.

Because really looking at art and understanding art are not always obvious and easy to do, we hope that these regular reviews will at least offer you some insight into the process.  You will get to see how a connoisseur looks at art, discusses it, and then links the work to others within the international art world.

Of course you can only truly judge a work of art when you are actually standing in front of it yourself. We therefore hope to see you soon in Readytex Art Gallery  and are eager to hear what you think of this artwork, and which other works of art you find yourself drawn to. Please note that the artworks discussed are still available for purchase at the time that the review is published.

Rob Perrée is art historian and works as freelance writer, art critic and curator, specialized in contemporary (Afro-) American art, African art, Surinamese art and art using new media. His work has appeared in countless catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers. He is editor of Sranan Art Xposed, editor in chief of Africanah.org and a member of the editing team of Pf Photo Magazine. His website: http://robperree.com.

 

 

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Elsewhere … in La Guyane Française: ‘Made in Surinam’

October 15, 2014 at 9:35 am (Elsewhere) (, , , , , , , , , , )

What: L.A.V.A.G. at L’Encadrier: Made in Surinam. Discover the works of Surinamese artists in an atmosphere of colors: Rinaldo Klas,  Kenneth Flijders, George Struikelblok, Wilgo VijfhovenSri Irodikromo, Reinier Asmoredjo and Dhiradj Ramsamoedj. All artists are core artists affiliated with Readytex Art Gallery.

When: October 17-November 22, 2014. Vernissage: October 17, 2014, 19:00 hrs. Opening hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 18:00-20:00 hrs, Friday and Saturday from 18:00-21:00 hrs. Saturday October 18, the day after the opening: from 10:00-13:00 hrs

Where: L.A.V.A.G. (L’Encadrier), 70, rue Léopold Heder, Cayenne, La Guyane Française

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In 2010 Readytex Art Gallery and Galerie L’Encadrier in Cayenne, La Guyane Française, started a pleasant cooperation which would create wonderful opportunities for artists working with Readytex Art Gallery. Since then several partner artists of Readytex Art Gallery in Paramaribo have been invited yearly, to exhibit their work at Galerie L’Encadrier. Here a report from 2011, from DevSur.

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An Eye for Art: Dhiradj Ramsamoedj

April 9, 2014 at 8:54 am (An Eye for Art) (, , , , , , )

In collaboration with art critic Rob PerréeReadytex Art Gallery has developed a new, informative initiative: An Eye for Art. Once every two weeks Rob Perrée discusses a work of art from the collection of Readytex Art Gallery. This time the wooden sculpture, untitled, made from soemaroeba hardwood slats, 50 cm wide, 70 cm high, 40 cm deep, 2013, by Dhiradj Ramsamoedj.

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, untitled, hardwood, 50wx70hx40d cm, 2013 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, untitled, hardwood, 50wx70hx40d cm, 2013 – USD 300 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

The people in the work of Dhiradj Ramsamoedj (Paramaribo, 1986) are strange creatures.  In his paintings they scare you off with their large sculls and sagging faces.  He calls them ‘Ordinary People’, but adds to that the significant word ‘Reloaded’. He is apparently not much taken by them. They are too materialistic. He would prefer it if their brains would keep their longings and passions under control better. Is that the reason for the enlarged brain? Are they in need of being reloaded?

Aside from his drawings and paintings, Ramsamoedj also makes sculptural work. Striking amongst those are the ‘men’: constructed from boots and colorful pieces of cloth (‘The Flexible Man’) or from thin hardwood slats. The first are reminiscent of the ‘Sound Suits’ from the American Nick Cave. They also refer to a Shaman, or rather to a carnavalesque figure who ran away from a Mardi Gras parade.  Mobile, colorful, but without a face, without character. Flexible in literal and figurative sense, negative as well as positive. The wooden figures  – such as this untitled one from 2013 – also suggest mobility.  While in the case of ‘The Flexible Man’ there was some sort of packaging involved, this figure is empty. You can look right through him. He has no identity. He is a nameless abstraction.  It is only when light shines on it, that he makes a full shadow on the wall. He is no human, at best a shadow thereof.

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj has received his training at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy. His breakthrough came in 2010 during Paramaribo SPAN, the exchange exhibition between  Rotterdam and Suriname. In this he presented an installation in the home of his grandmother. Here his drawings, sculptures, objects (aluminum cups) and paintings (in a type of visual diaries), came together. An emotional whole, also because his grandmother walked through the rooms almost like some sort of performance artist.

I try to image myself,  with this wooden figure blown up to more than man-sized, in a new installation. A challenging thought.

TEXT Rob Perrée

TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2014

Want to take a closer, personal look at this work? That’s possible at Readytex Art Gallery, Maagdenstraat 44-upstairs, Paramaribo. www.readytexartgallery.comFor more information about Dhiradj Ramsamoedj please visit the website www.readytexartgallery.com/dhiradjramsamoedj.

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More work byDhiradj Ramsamoedj:

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, untitled, hardwood, 60x105x31cm, 2013 - USD 400 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, untitled, hardwood, 60x105x31cm, 2013 – USD 400
/ PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'You and me', oil on canvas, 150x110cm, 2010 - USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘You and me’, oil on canvas, 150x110cm, 2010 – USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'A story of my own VI', acryl on canvas, 119x129cm, 2010 - USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘A story of my own VI’, acryl on canvas, 119x129cm, 2010 – USD 800 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, untitled, oil on canvas, 58x65cm, 2008 - USD 225 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, untitled, oil on canvas, 58x65cm, 2008 – USD 225 / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'Flexible Man' / PHOTO Roy Tjin, 2010

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘Flexible Man’ / PHOTO Roy Tjin, 2010

Queen Beatrix with Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, looking at 'Mighty Man', Art Route Amsterdam / PHOTO J.W. Kaldenbach

Queen Beatrix with Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, looking at ‘Mighty Man’, Art Route Amsterdam / PHOTO J.W. Kaldenbach

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, 'Mighty Man' / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang, 2010

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, ‘Mighty Man’ / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang, 2010

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This edition of An Eye for Art has been sent as a RAG-mailing on April 09, 2014 and was published in Kunst en Cultuur in de Ware Tijd on April 09, 2014.

Because really looking at art and understanding art are not always obvious and easy to do, we hope that these regular reviews will at least offer you some insight into the process.  You will get to see how a connoisseur looks at art, discusses it, and then links the work to others within the international art world.

Of course you can only truly judge a work of art when you are actually standing in front of it yourself. We therefore hope to see you soon in Readytex Art Gallery  and are eager to hear what you think of this artwork, and which other works of art you find yourself drawn to. Please note that the artworks discussed are still available for purchase at the time that the review is published.

Rob Perrée is art historian and works as freelance writer, art critic and curator, specialized in contemporary (Afro-) American art, African art, Surinamese art and art using new media. His work has appeared in countless catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers. He is editor of Sranan Art Xposed, editor in chief of Africanah.org and a member of the editing team of Pf Photo Magazine. His website: http://robperree.com.

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Group exhibition ‘WAT – Working Apart Together’, at De Hal

March 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm (Exposed) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The first vernissage of Readytex Art Gallery in 2014 just opened its doors. Starting from March the 26th, the public could enjoy the group exhibition WAT – Working Apart Together. In De Hal at de Grote Combéweg 45, where 14 artists present their most recent works of art. Though the artists each work independently, their works still contain a surprising amount of elements, turning this into a cohesive presentation. For visitors the exhibition WAT offers the exiting challenge to discover that cohesiveness and perhaps even identify it.

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After the positive reactions of the public to the group exhibitions of the past two years, Readytex Art Gallery decided to work according to that same concept  for 2014. This year, instead of two large exhibitions with each time new artworks of just one artist, the gallery will organize two large exhibitions with new works of art by multiple artists. It is a concept that works quite well for the artists, the gallery and for the public as well.

Kurt Nahar and two RAG Team members in front of his installation / PHOTO Ada Korbee, 2014

Kurt Nahar and two RAG Team members in front of his installation / PHOTO Ada Korbee, 2014

Visitors admiring Sri's work / PHOTO Ada Korbee, 2014

Visitors admiring Sri’s work / PHOTO Ada Korbee, 2014

Opening Night / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang, 2014

Opening Night / PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang, 2014

The exhibition WAT offers new work by the following artists affiliated to the gallery: Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, George Struikelblok, Hanka Wolterstorff, Kenneth Flijders, Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, Kurt Nahar, Reinier Asmoredjo, René Tosari, Rinaldo Klas, Roddney Tjon Poen Gie, Soeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Sunil Puljhun and Wilgo Vijfhoven.

The exhibition provides the public with impulses other than those of a solo exhibition. In WAT Readytex Art Gallery presents a variety of art works: paintings, batik, and sculptures from wood and ceramics. Viewers can also enjoy a diversity of styles. Kurt Nahar for example, presents a selection that was inspired by his recent participation in the ‘Bienal de Pintura Mural Internos‘ in Cuba. In his new art Sunil Puljhun returns  to abstraction and color, contrary to the black and white works he’d been previously immersed in. Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi works from a renewed focus: she researches the Surinamese biodiversity, concentrating especially on bird species. Wilgo Vijfhoven shows transitions in his work and uses a somewhat different visual imagery. Dhiradj Ramsamoedj presents research on canvas, which provides insights into a project that he will soon develop into a series of outdoor, public sculptures.  George Struikelblok gives an exciting new twist to his work and with that offers a glimpse into what is to come at a larger presentation next year.

Readytex Art Gallery and her partner artists invite the public to visit the exhibition WAT – Working Apart Together.  Everyone is welcome in De Hal from Wednesday the 26th until Sunday the 30th of March from 19:00 – 21:00 hrs.

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TEXT / TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2014

 

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Revealing our stored treasures

February 6, 2012 at 1:28 am (Been there, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Revealing our stored treasures is the title of the exhibition by Readytex Art Gallery which showcases a prime selection of the gallery’s collection.

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The art scene in Suriname is rapidly changing, and thus the way the work is exhibited has changed too. Readytex Art Gallery, once the only ‘real’ art gallery in Suriname with a continuous exhibition schedule, has proven to become too small for all purposes. De Hal is a very welcome addition. It is very nice to see such a varied but still coherent selection of high quality art.

Lygia Matawi and Ada Korbee selected the work. The work was hanged in groups. The first idea was to fill the walls, to reflect the overflowing storage space of the gallery.  But that proved to be a fun idea but it didn’t work out in reality.

Some of the participating artists on opening night │ PHOTO Readytex Art Gallery/William Tsang, 2012

What: Revealing our stored treasures

Who: Reinier AsmoredjoPaul Chang, Leonnie van Eert, Kenneth Flijders, Soekidjan IrodikromoSri IrodikromoHenry Soekarman KartotaroenoRinaldo Klas, John Lie-A-FoKurt NaharSunil PuljhunDhiradj RamsamoedjGeorge StruikelblokHumphrey Tawjoeram, Kit-Ling Tjon Pian GiRoddney Tjon Poen Gie, René TosariSteven TowirjoWilgo Vijfhoven, Hanka Wolterstorff Ay Xiang. Of these artists it is worth mentioning that Paul Chang, Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, George Struikelblok, Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi & René Tosari can be found at other websites as well.

When: February 2, 3, 4 & 5 2012

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

TEXT Marieke Visser, 2012

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