a ritual of decolonization
“Even when I am in pain I’m gonna shine bitches!”


Ancestors who endured indentured labor, who had suffered, were punished, abused, and murdered, but also revolted against oppression and de-humanization. A recent history which has been and is being erased and silenced. This ritual is an embodiment of those who lived indentured labor for those souls we have lost on the seas.

A history which both bounds and divides people, those enslaved and those indentured. In 1863 slaves from the African diaspora in Surinam were ‘promised’ freedom, but were held under state supervision “Staatstoezicht” for 10 years. Exactly 10 years later, in 1873, the first boat, Lalla Rookh, from Hindustan a.k.a. British-India, arrived in Surinam. De-humanization continued… As we are once again coming to terms with colonial histories, we are reminded of how present the poison of colonialism still is. We are still in need of decolonizing our minds and our bodies.

Performers: Fazle Shairmahomed & Olave Nduwanje

With special contributions for this exhibition
Spoken word: Jimmy Rage a.k.a. Femi Dawkins
Music: Abraxas
Art on stage: Remy Jungermans
Exhibition: Quaqu_kwaku 2017 curated by Charl Landvreugd

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