NEGROWHITE – Identity & Image


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On 26 June 2010, a solo exhibition by EdKe opened at the Open-Air Museum “Fort Nieuw Amsterdam”. In the cells of this former prison, art works were presented under the title NEGERWHITE – identity & image.

Inspiration came from philosophizing across the border, and the contrast between identity and image. Self-reflecting and pushing these borders have been influencing the process of finding balance.

With these art works, EdKe has challenged others and I. To see ourselves in relation to the image the people have of us, a person’s self-image strengthened through a positive approach to this tention. Identity & image together form Being. The aim of the exhibition was to make people aware: showing mutual respect is enriching Being.

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This exhibition methaphorically took spectators along, in finding a balance in pushing boundaries in the choices we make together. We often doubt whether we make the right choice. Is a choice correct, if it feels right, if it is certain, if it’s good, or if it gives security?

Like everyone else, I make choices too. Choosing for creative abilities, might seem as choosing for less certainty; sometimes a struggle between freedom and bondary, dynamics and stagnation, or independence and dependence.

NEGROWHITE was also a representation of the way I see the world. We can only really see each other if we take the trouble to see the world through each other’s eyes.

To quote EdKe:

“(…) Suriname, a young nation, is a developing country with opportunities and possibilities. This dynamic environment encourages me to seize those opportunities and go for my dreams. With self-confidence, I will reach the place where I want to be. My work is an invitation for those who want to take the trouble to look at the world through my eyes. (…)”

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impression of art works, paintings presented @ NEHROWHITE