Readytex Art Gallery is pleased to invite you to the exhibition ‘Muddy Waters’, an artistic reflection on the Amazon Biennale that opened for the first time this year in the city of Belém in Brazil, and for which works by five of our artists were also selected by the organization.
The significance of the waters of the Amazon for local life is a central theme in the Amazon Biennale. In ‘Muddy Waters’, curators Aruna Mungra and Miguel Keerveld add to the discourse with works by Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, Miguel Keerveld, Rinaldo Klas, Reinier Asmoredjo, Shaundell Horton, Hanka Wolterstorff, Leonnie van Eert, Kenneth Flijders, Roddney Tjon Poen Gie, John Lie A Fo, Sunil Puljhun, Sri Irodikromo, Wilgo Vijfhoven and René Tosari.
Muddy waters are characteristic of our rivers. We often find the mud dirty and ugly, but it provides fertility and life. The rivers stretch from south to north and form the lifelines of flora and fauna. These waters are also indispensable for people, in our daily life and our economic activities, for example as sources of food and drinking water, as suppliers of fertile soil through the disposal of silt in the coastal plain, and as an important network of connecting waterways in our country. In another sense muddy waters also stand symbolic for the murkiness of what is happening in our rainforest. Failing government policy allows people who put their own financial gain first to go ahead. Instead of sustainable development activities, illegal logging and gold mining are proliferating. The forest is being destroyed without replanting and the discharge of toxic substances clogs the lifelines of our Amazon. The Indigenous and Maroon communities living in the interior are raising their voices. But still they are not being heard. Just as the Amazon Biennale wanted to be a sapukai, a cry that comes from deep within, from the Amazon artists, this exhibition is an outcry to protect our beautiful rainforest.
‘Muddy Waters’ can be visited in Readytex Art Gallery from Friday, September 8 to Saturday, September 30, 2023 during the regular opening hours of the gallery. These are from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and on Saturday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.
You are welcome!
Team Readytex Art Gallery