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PARAMARIBO–Artist Marcel Pinas features in a rebirth expo of at Beddington Fine Art in the south of France, which opens on February 25th. Pinas who will display paintings and installations in his “Back to the Roots”, expo, will feature together with Laurence Simode Fronzon, who will display sculptures and ceramics.
Announcing the expo, the gallery writes that Fronzon’s work complements that of Marcel Pinas fittingly. “The outstanding and graceful ceramic and steel sculptures of Laurence Simode Fronzon, too, are totemic, and in great part inspired by the Dark Continent and express her conviction that we are all shaped by memories and experiences.”
Beddington Fine Art is a former silk factory’s Art Gallery that since last year October has seen a “renaissance”, stepping up its previous artistic aims and offering 200 m2 of breathtaking contemporary art space for emerging and established artists in a magnificent listed heritage building. The gallery’s opening show ‘Signes’ draws to a close on February 18th, after which the renaissance moves onwards from March 2012 with exhibitions by internationally established artists.
Pinas is highly acclaimed in Suriname, named young global ambassador for culture in 2010, and honored by Queen Beatrix by opening his Amsterdam sculpture exhibition in March 2011. The gallery writes: “His paintings, sculptures and Land Art and the Cultural Centre he has created in Moengo, the village in District Marowijne he is from, safeguard against the otherwise inevitable destruction of their historic links to Africa and give a new cultural confidence to a younger generation humbled by civil war and polluted by gold mine exploitation. His canvases display a marvellous and rich colour sense allied to a complexity of geometric forms subtly embellished with the esoteric messages contained in the Afaka script, a native phonetic alphabet invented around 1900, and re-discovered by researchers in the 1960s.”
PARAMARIBO—Kibii Wi Koni Marcel Pinas The Event continue in Moengo on july 30th, with the opening of a new exhibition in the old hall of the EBS at the Abraham Crijnssenlaan. Here the same installations that Marcel Pinas exhibited in the KKF in Paramaribo in June will once again be displayed. With this exhibition yet another of Marcel Pinas’ dreams is fulfilled. The work Pinas has previously exhibited in other countries around the world has at last been presented in Paramaribo and now finally also in the district of Marowijne, the place and the source of inspiration that is of the most critical influence to the work of this artist.
Art gallery Readytex says that the opening of this third exhibition within the Kibii Wi Koni Event has a larger, more significant meaning, one that far exceeds the activities surrounding this Event. In Marcel Pinas’ dreams Marowijne is to become the art district of Suriname. An art district which includes an art park, a cultural center, educational center and also a museum. With the help of his Kibii Foundation Marcel Pinas has been working on the realization of his ideals for a few years now. The Tembe Art Studio (TAS) in Moengo has been the hub of numerous educational art and culture activities for already over a year. Together with several local and international artists who join TAS as artists in residence and leave behind large art installations in Moengo’s public space, the art park as well, is steadily taking shape. And now, thanks to the great support of the EBS and the Suralco, Marcel Pinas has been given the opportunity to transform, rename and reopen the old hall of the EBS in Moengo on July 30th as CAMM-Contemporary Art Museum Moengo.
The work of Pinas is only the first art exhibition to take place in CAMM. The many art installations of Marcel Pinas that filled the KKF in June will come across in a whole new way in this surprising and different space. One could easily presume that the work and the message of Marcel Pinas have now, in essence, finally come home. In the future the Museum will host contemporary art exhibitions from other local as well as international artists.
Afaaka symbols, an almost forgotten language, are the first things to be recognized in the work of popular and promising visual artist Marcel Pinas. Marcel’s Maroon cultural background and everything that endangers this culture, its people and the land of the people is visualized in his installations, paintings and multimedia work. It is the last day of his exhibition “Kibii Wi Koni” (conserve and hold on to our knowledge) in Saint Laurent, French Guiana.
I follow the Afaaka symbols in Marcel’s work. In the red, blue , black and yellow surface, in the wooden installation, in every piece of art by Marcel they present themselves to me. I try to figure out what I feel, how I connect with this work, but somehow I just find myself watching; like the work wants me to watch, without coming too close to it. It is not an emotional statement, then again, far from that. It is about facts, about life as it is, about trying to teach children to be aware of who they are and what they need, to have a life to be proud of.
When the work is transported back to Suriname with grace, the big Afaaka symbols lay there in the small boat. I travel with them while they are lying in the sun, waves splashing, wind blowing, but still, they stay in perfect shape, these quiet symbols. I watch the boatman carry the symbols high in the air … as for everybody to see them, watch them … while they move… move back from French Guiana to Suriname. They lay down softly in the pickup for a bumpy ride back to Moengo, Marcel’s former hometown.
Then it is with the same grace, as we take out the Afaaka symbols. And they stand fierce; nothing can harm them. They’ve survived sun, water, wind … traveled from place to place. When I look at them, they look back, strong characteristics of symbols of a language conserved, of a history captured, of people strong enough to take their lives in their own hands.
It is then I realize this is the symbolic of the strength of life. Marcel creates this strong inner being in his work. Giving us the pace to connect to our own strong self. Showing us symbols to stand tall in a world that seems to forget life in its most true state.
Walking with Marcel is like stepping on a strong , clear path of engagement , engagement to be true to yourself , to the ground that feeds you and the creation of us human beings. This is what Marcel’s work tells me …not to give up, to hold on to myself, kibii wi, and from that space …to connect.
Karin Lachmising, Saint Laurent January 8th 2011.
Pictures exhibition Kibii Wi KLoni, Marcel Pinas, Saint Laurent November 19th 2010- January 7th 2011