Roberto Tjon A Meeuw
Mels van Zutphen
A large group exhibition that brings together a self-aware generation of Surinamese and Dutch artists. Against the background of the current political rift between the Netherlands and Suriname, the show positions the artist as arbitrator of the changing cultural, political and social relationships. In installations, paintings, photos, sculpture and videos, themes such as ancestry and future, history and politics, cultural identity and social issues are examined and discussed in the context of art.
On 9 September the Rotterdam exhibition space TENT. starts the cultural season with Paramaribo Perspectives, a large group exhibition that brings together a self-aware generation of Surinamese and Dutch artists. The exhibition is the follow-up to a period of cultural exchange between artists from Rotterdam and Paramaribo. Against the background of the current political rift between the Netherlands and Suriname, Paramaribo Perspectives positions the artist as arbitrator of the changing cultural, political and social relationships.
On show: Ken Doorson, Neil Fortune, Sri Irodikromo, Jeroen Jongeleen, Jurgen Lisse, Kurt Nahar, Bas Princen, Ravi Rajcoomar, Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, Arnold Schalks, Otto Snoek, George Struikelblok, Roberto Tjon A Meeuw, Hulya Yilmaz, Mels van Zutphen.
Paramaribo Perspectives presents contemporary Surinamese art and shows the inspiration that Rotterdam artists found in Suriname. In installations, paintings, photos, sculpture and videos, themes such as ancestry and future, history and politics, cultural identity and social issues are examined and discussed in the context of art.
George Struikelblok (SR) places over a hundred hand-mirrors on the floor of the exhibition space. On theses mirrors, children from a number of orphanages in Suriname have written their hopes, fears and dreams for the future.
The wall installation by Dhiradj Ramsamoedj (SR) is a tribute to the pivot of his family: his ‘adjie’, or grandmother. The installation was originally on display in his grandmother’s house, where the artist rearranged the entire top floor. In TENT. he reconstructs the walls of her room and places almost a hundred aluminium mugs on the wall railings. These were previously used by his grandmother to earn a little extra money: she rented these beakers to neighbours for weddings, parties or funerals.
Neil Fortune (SR) is currently graduating from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He made a number of paintings in which he records his personal art history. Fortune does not choose icons of Western art history, but instead pays homage to artists, friends and colleagues that provide the inspiration for his artistic practice.
Ravi Rajcoomar (SR) created a monumental installation with more than twenty-five hanging silhouettes in a falling pose. With this work Rajcoomar attempts to make the relatively high number of suicides in Suriname a subject for discussion.
During his stay in Paramaribo, Jeroen Jongeleen (NL) used the walls of the city as the paper on which he wrote his observations, comments and reservations about the function of art in the public domain, the remnants of the Dutch colonial history and the necessity of the concept as basis for an artistic practice.
For several years Bas Princen (NL) has been photographing a goldmine in Suriname. The monumental photographs show a panorama of a nature violated and with confusing lines of perspective.
It is still unclear whether the recent election of Desi Bouterse will have implications for the work of Kurt Nahar (SR). For years Nahar’s work has consistently focused on the December Murders. In total-installations he brings together an overabundance of objects, photos, films, paintings, texts, furniture and found items. All the objects refer to the main figures in Suriname’s national trauma and the way in which this drama is conducted.
Opening Paramaribo Perspectives Thursday 9 September
17 hrs: Opening exhibition SuriNedWerk in Oude Westen community park, i.c.w. Kosmopolis Rotterdam
18 hrs: CBK Rotterdam: opening solo exhibition Casper Hoogzaad
20 hrs: opening Paramaribo Perspectives by Stef Oosterloo, director of the department of Art & Culture (dienst Kunst & Cultuur) of Rotterdam city council. With performances by Howard Komproe, Wi Egi Sani, Groot Bazuin, Sweet Masters , DJ’s N³, Tjon Rockon a.o. with Surinamese food & drinks of Anasta.
Opening debate Sunday 12 September 15 hrs
On Sunday 12 September TENT. is organizing the opening debate Conversations on Paramaribo Perspectives, which starts at 15 hrs. Under the motto 'a good exhibition is never the last word on its subject', journalist and programme manager at Fonds BKVB Özkan Gölpinar discusses and unravels the influence of ancestry, location or diaspora on the work of the artist and the effects of the current political developments on cultural ties between Suriname, the Netherlands and the rest of the world. Guests include Professor in the History and Theory of Contemporary Sculptural Art Kitty Zijlmans, artists Kurt Nahar and Sara Blokland, journalist and programme-maker Anil Ramdas, former director of the Rijksakademie Janwillem Schrofer and writer Usha Marhé.
Temporary cinema space showing a continuous film programme compiled by filmmaker Karel Doing. Including the award winning documentary Faya Lobbi (Herman van der Horst, 1960), showing daily in Cinema Torarica: Tue – Sun, from 12 – 19 hrs in Roodkapje, Meent 119-133, Rotterdam. Events on Fri 17.09, Fri 08.10, Fri 22.10 at 20 hrs
Series of discussions held in TENT. and debating podium De Unie on the potential and limitations of contemporary art for the purpose of understanding a post-colonial era of globalization. With Kitty Zijlmans, Leon Wainwright and artists Charl Landvreugd and Patricia Kaersenhout among others. Sun 12.09, 15 hrs; Wed 06.10, 18 hrs; Tue 12.10, 20 hrs; Tue 26.10, 20 hrs
Oude Westen community park
Photographs by Otto Snoek (Kosmopolis Rotterdam), bench sculptures by Roberto Tjon A Meeuw and textile work by Sri Irodikromo in the community park on the West-Kruiskade, Rotterdam.
Beperkt Vliegvermogen (Limited Flying Ability): educational project for secondary school pupils led by artist Jessy Rahman.
Perfect Strangers: educational project for students of the Willem de Kooning Academy and the Royal Academy of Art The Hague, in cooperation with Hugo Bongers, Eva Kerremans and Charl Landvreugd.
Thanks to Fonds BKVB, CBK Rotterdam, Gemeente Rotterdam dienst Kunst en Cultuur, Hivos NCDO Cultuurfonds, VSBFonds, Rabobank Rotterdam, Kosmopolis Rotterdam, De Unie, ROT(T)TERDAM by ROODKAPJE.
About TENT. Rotterdam
Since 1999 TENT., which is part of Stichting Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam, has been drawing attention to and presenting significant developments and image-defining artists in the visual arts in Rotterdam. The 1000 m2 exhibition space is located in a characteristic former school building in the cultural Witte de Withstraat. In lively solo and group exhibitions, TENT. presents the many-sided manifestations of contemporary art in Rotterdam. TENT. is part of Stichting Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam.
Image: Mels van Zutphen, Man in Gold (filmstill), 2010
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Thu 09.09, 2010 [20.00-0.00h] Grand Opening Paramaribo Perspectives:
Performances, music, food, drinks. With Howard Komproe, Wi Egi Sani, Groot Bazuin, Sweet Masters, N³, Tjon Rockon and others
Witte de Withstraat 50
3012 BR Rotterdam, Netherlands
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 11 – 18 hrs
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50% discount: Youths from 12 to 18 years of age, students, CJP, 65+, groups of 10 people or more.
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