3073 Talks & Lectures #2 with Remy Jungerman

By ARC Magazine Saturday, February 9th, 2013 Categories: Artist Talk, Lectures, Updates

Remy Jungerman has a fascination for the afro-religious esthetics, that connects him to the African Diaspora and the religious knowledge of his Maroon ancestors  in Suriname. His fascination includes altars, colors and (grid) patterns in cloth used in rituals, objects used in offers and libations. Through this fascination he developed into a multimedia artist working with installations and collages. Some of the main themes in his work are trans-nationality, belonging and the way knowledge exchange between cultures.

Portrait of Jungerman

Portrait of Jungerman

Remy Jungerman will be in conversation on 10th February 2013  from 3:00 – 5:00pm, and will be hosted at 3073 talks & lectures # 1,  Studio Landvreugd, Putsebocht 76 B  in Rotterdam

According to Charl Landvreugd:

In the last years his imagining of ancestor worship shows a divide between bright colours and tranquil tones. In Surinamese visual culture, which is part of Jungerman’s cultural heritage, the realm of the living are separated from the dead. Offerings and rituals from the artist’s personal history become two-dimensional renderings of contact with the past. Jungerman makes a reality visible that has been hidden for a long time. The lively collages tell the story of a philosophy that aims to find balance between the past, present and future. They function as a lesson in Afro-Surinamese ritual and philosophy for beginners. It is a crash course that operates as an introduction to understanding the serene abstractions of Jungerman’s wall installations.

These spatial works refer to the multiple dimensions in which Afro-Surinamese thought plays out. Through its apparent flatness, one is never sure whether the wall object is sculpture or painting. The work’s basic grid lines derived from the ritual pagne (wrap) imply infinity in time and space. Carefully placed objects within the grid mark the moment of contact between man and the past. These ‘offerings’ provide entrance to the multi-dimensional world where ancestral knowledge is hidden.

BAKRU 2008 - mixed media 2008 (300 X 220 X 38 cm)

BAKRU 2008 – mixed media 2008 (300 X 220 X 38 cm)

His work has been acquired by various institutions and private collectors worldwide among which: the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem, Museum Het Domein in Sittard, Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, ARC Collection, Amsterdam, Droog, NY, USA, the Rennies Collection in Vancouver. During the conversation Jungerman will speak about his process, his research and development and how his work is influenced by Afro-religious esthetics.

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