KOIWARA is agriculture’s small preparation. This process is a family ritual: re-burning wood piles of insufficiently burned tree trunks and branches. Koiwara takes place after the community have taken care of the larger preparation, known as Moshiro. Both are traditions of the Kalinia indigenous tribe.
“When I walk with you, you walk with I”
I call this game “I kroywara I”. This concept is inspired by “koiwara”, a technology of those aware that our planet is conscious.
KROYWARA is a concept of limited damage for long-term effects. This dance, between culture and nature, follows two exhibitions with focus on contradictions: in 2010 as contrast, and in 2012 as harmony. My art practice is based on a psychological experiment that allows me to reflect on violence, to be transformed into strength.
“I kroywara I”: one acts in a way that the Others is given space to grow
A mentoring project, MISSION 21: Hand in hand into active participation, in which teenagers and artists interacted during a year. The arts were used for “invisible dialogues”, to stimulate participation through the right on freedom of expression, and to build resilient communities in Suriname.
During AISA AYA, I interacted with international artists and indigenous communities. This proposal was pre-selected for “Bienalsur2017”. Even though I didn’t become a finalist, I continued with this idea in Peru.
I wrote the trilogy KROYWARA through coaching of “Shrijversvakschool Paramaribo”. This process started when I participated in the “Nyun Sten Fesital in Paramaribo in 2016. The first part, ‘Pur Blaka’, was directed by Tolin Alexander and performed at the 180 years celebration of theater Thalia in Suriname.