Mijn Alakondre zelfportret
In the artwork on the wall, Kit-Ling portrays
her family history. With historical photographs surrounding a current, neutral
image of herself, she brings her family tree to life for the viewer.
The circular artwork on the floor, in
which she incorporates ‘Alakondre’ photos of herself, represents the game of
chance with a marmot at the fair she used to visit in her youth. “You had to
put a quarter or a dime on the slot with the prize of your choice (for me
usually a toy) and if the marmot went into your slot, you would win the prize.
The marmot never went into a slot that someone put a coin in. It always
preferred to go into the slot with a hard toothbrush. A notable detail is that
I started searching for a toy marmot for my artwork. Then it occurred to me
that we once got a promotional gift: a beaver. A beaver is a protected animal.
The plush animal even has a WWF-label. When I told my son about the game at the
fair, he said: ‘That would not be possible anymore now. The animal protection
agencies would jump right on it’.”
Symbolically, inspired by the game, the
beaver in Kit-Ling’s artwork never goes into a spot with a colored picture.
The cube that hangs suspended above the
circular piece, represents a dice. The cube has only colored pictures. Again,
with photos of Kit-Ling as a real Alakondre Surinamese.
About the artist...