Kurt Nahar

I want to confront the public with controversial subjects that they are so often inclined to ignore or just close their eyes to

Kurt Nahar received his art education at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy in Suriname and at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and the Performing arts in Jamaica. The artist is currently a teacher at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy himself.

Kurt Nahar uses his art to express his thoughts and emotions on various subjects related to questionable social and political circumstances in Suriname and in other countries worldwide, in a bold and often confrontational manner. By doing so he hopes to increase awareness, to break the trend of silent acceptance and to ultimate stimulate discussion. His technique is inspired by the methods of his predecessors from the era of Dadaism. The use of collage techniques and simple objects are characteristic for his art.

Kurt has participated in exhibitions in various countries, and has enjoyed residencies at art institutes such as Diaspora Vibe Gallery in Miami, the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, all in the USA, the ‘Rijksakademie’ in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the ‘Vrije Universiteit’ in Brussels, Belgium.

In 2018, he joined the Miami based artist team of DVCAI (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) in their yearly international cultural exchange project (ICE) in Jamaica. In 2019 he participated in the critical exhibition Inter|Sectionality: Diaspora art from the creole city at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington DC.

Work Experiences

  • 2020: Cultural Currents III, International exchange with DVCAI, Guadeloupe
  • 2019: Art project ‘Chapeau EMEGA’, Cayenne, French Guiana
  • 2018: International Cultural Exchange project with DVCAI, Jamaica
  • 2016: Artist-in-residence at Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, USA
  • 2014: ‘XI Bienal De Pintura Mural Internos’, Santiago de Cuba
  • 2011: Artist-in-residence at VUB, Belgium
  • 2008: Artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, USA
  • 1993 – 1998: Different Drawing Projects in Suriname

Exhibitions

  • 2021 Manifesto group exhibition ALAKONDRE, WI TRU FESI, RAG, Suriname
  • 2020 IN THE FACE OF CHANGE exhibition, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2020 Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City, Harvey B. Gantt Center, for African-American Art & Culture, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
  • 2019 Booth of DVCAI at a satellite exhibition in Breakwater Hotel, Miami Beach, USA
  • 2019 Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Washington DC, USA
  • 2018 25th Anniversary exhibition of Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2017 TNF of November “Frightly”, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2016 TNF of September “Residency New Orleans”, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
  • 2013 Guyanese>Pigments, Habitation Clement, Martinique, French Guyana
  • 2012 Solo “Legally Issued”, Galerie Nola Hatterman, Amsterdam, the Netherlands