In his recent artworks, Kurt Nahar focuses mainly on the
theme of identity. Within this theme he specifically explores the role that
skin color unfortunately still plays in many communities. His triptych named Soldering, deals with this subject as
In the portraits that Kurt creates for this exhibition, the
details of the face and the likeness are not important. “The many ethnicities
that flow through my blood, are more important to me. I might look light, but
given my mixed background, from my mother’s as well as my father’s side, almost
all races and colors are represented within me. In my mother’s belly I was
essentially mixed, like in one tube, into what I am. In Suriname the ‘moksi
patu’ of people in different colors and types, is considered normal by
everybody. But in Jamaica I was struck by how many people consider themselves
too dark and actually use tubes filled with bleaching products to help them
achieve the lighter skin tone that they so desire. There, I gained a new
consciousness about my own skin color and about how it influences the way that
people in other parts of the world look at me.
The poem in the third work is an ego document related to how
people struggle to deal with their color, and for me personally about how I
sometimes feel when I go beyond my own borders.”
On the ground in front of the three paintings, Kurt places an
old pair of slippers that used to belong to his already deceased father. In
them he places a baby photo of himself. He thus portrays the role that his
father played in shaping his identity. And also, that he feels that his father
lives on within him, spiritually.
About the artist...