The upcoming Thursday-Night-Feature (TNF) at Readytex Art Gallery (RAG)
on August 3rd, introduces a surprising new concept; one quite
different from the previous TNF’s. This is because the August TNF is the result
of an interesting collaboration between RAG and ‘Het Koto Museum’ of Mrs.
Christine van Russel-Henar. A valuable collaboration that ultimately also
involved other enthusiastic persons and organizations from the cultural sector,
and a group of experienced visual artists.
It all started in January this year, when Christine van Russel of ‘Het
Koto Museum’, approached Monique NouhChaia of Readytex Art Gallery with the
idea of putting together a beautiful exhibition in which the traditional Creole
wedding attire would be the central theme.
The idea held great appeal for the RAG team. Both organizations quickly
agreed however, that other cultural groups should be included in the project as
well. They also agreed that the wedding traditions displayed, should not be
those currently seen and lived by, but rather those from our great grandparents
or maybe even their parents before them.
And then of course there was another condition that would have to be met
if the exhibition was to take place in the gallery. It could not be an
exhibition solely about traditional wedding attire or ceremonies, but it would
have to become a true fusion between art and culture. Readytex Art Gallery is after
all, first and foremost, an organization that promotes and exhibits the work of
the artists affiliated with the gallery.
Therefore, there was an extra dimension added to Christine’s idea. An
artistic dimension. Seven partner-artists from Readytex Art Gallery were
matched with the cultural organizations and/or persons who were capable of
providing information about, and materials of, their respective cultural
groups. The cultural groups ultimately chosen were the Chinese, the Creoles,
the Hindustanis, the Indigenous (Trio), the Javanese and the Maroons (Saramaka).
The artists were free to choose whichever specific information and materials
they wanted and needed to create their own highly individualized art
installations based upon the wedding traditions of the culture they were
matched with. They could potentially also add new or existing works of art
available at RAG. The artists participating in this fascinating project are: Leonnie
van Eert, Kenneth Flijders, Soeki Irodikromo, Sri Irodikromo, Kit-Ling Tjon
Pian Gi, Roddney Tjon Poen Gie and Steven Towirjo. Different cultures, different
customs, different individuals, different art disciplines ….. anything was
possible, nothing predictable. An exiting concept indeed! A marriage between
art and culture, you could say. Including all the challenges that such a union
entails; just like in a real marriage. A work of love, a partnership, a
creative endeavor, striving towards that one place where it all comes together:
‘Pe un’ moksi kon na wan’!!! [Where we merge into one]
We kindly invite everybody to join us at the TNF of August 3rd,
to enjoy the unique culturally based artists’ creations exhibited on the ground
floor of the gallery. As always the doors of Readytex Art Gallery will be open
from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm. After the TNF the installations will remain on view
at the gallery up until Saturday, August 26th.
Please note: Simultaneously with the exhibition at RAG, there will also
be a detailed wedding display installed at ‘Het Koto Museum’, which will
showcase all of the elements and objects associated with a real traditional