I kroywara I: I walk with you, you walk with I
This philosophy is a concept of limited damage for long-term effects. A dance, thus synergy between culture and nature. It follows two exhibitions with focus on contradictions: in 2010 as contrast, and in 2012 as harmony. “I kroywara I” is a psychological space in time that reflects on violence in relation to power, converting it into strength.
Koiwara is agriculture’s small preparation. This process is a family ritual, the re-burning of wood piles from insufficiently burned tree trunks and branches. It takes place after the community have taken care of the larger preparation, known as Moshiro. These are traditions of the Kalinia, an indigenous tribe in Suriname.
Between 2016 and 2017, I produced the trilogy KROYWARA through coaching of “Shrijversvakschool Paramaribo”. The scripts reflect on problems of nationalism. Transformation of leadership is a metaphorical body for the catharsis that a fabricated nation is facing. The first script – a conversation about the politics of practice in relation to class – was awarded and performed in May 2017 in Suriname.
AISA AYA was a project to research indigenous myths in the America’s during 4 months in 2017. I focused on the question How do different belief systems in South and North America function in relation to knowledge? The research took place as artist in residency, through collaborations with (indigenous) communities and (international) artists. My intention was to reflect on objects that represent pride of the America’s and create documents that symbolize a space for representation.
From November 2017 until November 2018, teens and (emerging) artists interacted through MISSION 21: Hand in hand into active participation. This mentoring project functioned as a vehicle for conversations on public secrets. In general, it promoted participation, the right on freedom of expression, and building of resilient communities.