Pe un' moksi kon na wan (1)

A post by Peter Jordens:

The exhibition ‘Pe un’ moksi kon na wan’ [Where we merge into one] is opening on August 3, 2017, from 7:00 to 9:00pm, and will be on view August 4-26, 2017, at Readytex Art Gallery at Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname. [Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm, Sat 8:00am-1:00pm.] Simultaneous with the exhibition at RAG, there will be a more detailed display at Het Koto Museum [Prinsessestraat 43, Paramaribo].

The Readytex Art Gallery (RAG) in Paramaribo, Suriname, announces that their Thursday Night Feature (TNF) on August 3 will introduce a surprising new concept, one quite different from the previous TNFs. […]

It all started in January this year, when Christine van Russel of Het Koto Museum approached Monique NouhChaia of RAG with the idea of putting together a beautiful exhibition in which the traditional Creole [Afro-Surinamese] wedding attire would be the central theme. The idea appealed to the RAG team. Both organizations quickly agreed, however, that other cultural groups should be included in the project as well. They also agreed not to display the present, modern-day wedding practices, but those of two or three generations back. There was, of course, one more condition on the part of RAG: it should not be merely an exhibition of traditional wedding attire, but should become a fusion between art and culture. RAG is after all, first and foremost, an organization that promotes and exhibits the work of its affiliated artists.

Therefore, an extra dimension, the artistic dimension, was added to Christine’s idea. Seven partner artists of RAG were matched with cultural organizations and/or individuals who could provide them with information and paraphernalia concerning the traditional wedding of a given cultural group. The cultural groups that were ultimately chosen were the Chinese, the Creoles [Africans], the (East-)Indians, the (Trio) Indigenous, the Javanese [Indonesians] and the (Saramaka) Maroons. The artists were free to choose the information and paraphernalia which they required to create their own art installations. They could also include existing work from their own or RAG’s collection.

The artists who committed themselves to this challenging project are: Leonnie van Eert, Kenneth Flijders, Soeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, Roddney Tjon Poen Gie and Steven Towirjo. Different cultures, different customs, different individuals and different art disciplines meant that anything was possible and nothing was predictable. An exciting concept indeed! A wedding between art and culture, one might say, with all the challenges that such a union entails, just like in a real marriage. A work of love, a partnership, a creative endeavor, aimed at the site where it all comes together: Pe un’ moksi kon na wan [Where we merge into one]!!!

Simultaneous with the exhibition at RAG, there will be a more detailed display at Het Koto Museum [Prinsessestraat 43, Paramaribo] of all the objects and elements associated with the traditional Creole wedding.

For the original RAG announcement (in both Dutch and English), go to The English version has been edited for clarity by Peter Jordens using the Dutch version.

More information:

Readytex Art Gallery


Het Koto Museum

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