‘He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying’
by Friedrich Nietzsche
“EdKe” is my pseudonym. I have started as self-taught professional artist in 2004.
Between 2015 – 2018, “Tumpi Flow” has been my performance-persona. I have been combining psychology, spirituality and the politics of practice. This experiment performed leadership, based on the adage: ‘I’ do not exist.
A dialectical approach is my starting point. During a decade I had focused on the reason of both, life and death. My art practice is based on transforming violence into strength.
While paintings are results of my internal dialogues, art installations document external dialogues. In 2015 I have extended my art practice with creative writing.
After two dialogues on contradictions – a conversation in 2010 about contrast, and in 2012 about harmony- in this third concept the focus is on synergy.
This dialogue reflects violence, in such a way that it transforms into strength. ‘A conviction’: one can act in such a way that others are given room to grow. And you are most definitely welcome to join our participation.
just POSSESSED | 2018, Suriname
This concept symbolizes transformation. It denotes a psychological state. Participants and artwork become one in a ceremony. People are ‘just WALKING’ towards ‘A message’ about human values in the 21st century….
In 2017, I authored the nonexisting manual: From a Dead Man. It explores the life of Theo Masrakaba, a psychopath who predicted to be the president of Suriname from 2020 to 2025 and die in 2037. When I met Theo in 2017 he had developed several diaries to become “the negro bible” and it is this pursuit the book focuses on participation based on the adage ‘I’ do not exist.
This manual reflects the part of my art practice regarding my own behavior as a performer (as the “Tumpi Flow” performance persona), and the diaries of Theo Masrakaba. When I interacted with him, I became inspired to write a manual for future leaders of the Amerika’s, combining Theo’s predictions and Tumpi’s performances of nonexistence.
Created in Mexico after a visit to Museo de Arte Moderno de Mexico where work of the Arp Foundation inspired into interesting conversations.
When leaving Suriname with colored papers, the plan was to do something with children in Cusco, Peru. While still on the way, a child started to play. Spontaneously it gave other children what came out of the process.