‘UDUBAKI’ part two – a new inspiration from the term and custom Koiwara of the Kariña

‘UDUBAKI’ part two – a new inspiration from the term and custom Koiwara of the Kariña

07/01/2022 - 29/01/2022

Readytex Art Gallery would like to start off by wishing you a prosperous and healthy 2022!

And then comes our first announcement for 2022 regarding a new exhibition within the year-long project: ALAKONDRE: A space in time. It is indeed with great pleasure that we invite you to UDUBAKI part two. Starting Friday January 7th, we showcase the next edition of the group exhibition or art manifestation, once again with work from artists affiliated to our gallery, as well as work from several guest artists.  

With UDUBAKI part two, curator-in-residence Miguel Keerveld focuses on images and/or sensations that refer to the feminine and are reminiscent of the inner child. With these themes as point of departure, he selected works by Hanka Wolterstorff, Paul Chang, Reinier Asmoredjo, Rinaldo Klas, Roddney Tjon Poen Gie, Wilgo Vijfhoven, Humphrey Tawjoeram, Danasion Akobe (aka Dona) and Lola Ankarapi; the ‘local master’ is Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi. The exhibition also features work of Remy Jungerman.  Out of her great appreciation for his oeuvre, RAG chose to include him in this exhibition as an honorary artist.

This part of UDUBAKI continues to build on our artistic research and conversations about the role of ‘Alakondre’ in Surinamese art. Miguel makes UDUBAKI part two from the concept I kroywara I: I walk with you and you walk with me. His inspiration comes from the term and custom koiwara of the Kariña, a Caribbean-Indigenous community that uses fire during rituals and for the preparation of their agricultural plots. First, for the general preparations moshiro, in which everyone is involved. That is followed by koiwara, a family ritual among mothers and children, during which woodpiles of insufficiently burned tree trunks and branches are burned again. Miguel selected the works of the before-mentioned artists based on this inspiration and the question: To what extent are women and children recurring elements in Surinamese visual imagery?

UDUBAKI part two is on display from Friday January 7th until Saturday January 29th, 2022. Due to the Covid-measures we will not host an opening reception. You are most welcome to visit during the regular opening hours of the gallery, from Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, and on Saturday from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. If there is sufficient interest we will schedule guided viewing sessions for individuals or small groups on Saturdays, so please let us know if you are interested in those.

We look forward to welcoming you to UDUBAKI part two!

Team Readytex Art Gallery