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Fazil On Yu


You know that we don’t have so many platforms for contemporary art here, the huge exhibitions, biennales or festivals. The first time I went to the Kampala Biennale in 2016, I saw highly profiled artists whose work was being exhibited. And their work was exceptional, out of the norm, very experimental. I did my research on these artists and they were big shots. So, I thought I needed to be affiliated to such a platform.

Matt Kayem interviews the Ugandan artist/dancer Fazil On Yu

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Xavier Robles de Medina


Xavier Robles de Medina translates reality into magic with influences from gothic and carefully chosen ‘material’.

Miguel E. Keerveld on the work of the Surinames artist Xavier Robles de Medina.

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The Role of Sculpture in Caribbean Traditions


I would describe the Carnival Spirit as aiming for a ‘higher state’ while still on the ground. It may have irreverence and parody but it is a chance to be another kind of person. It is freedom and very spiritual – it illustrates as a chance to be ‘free’, to drink, dance on the street and to be with beautiful people.

Sokari Douglas Camp in conversation with Christabel Johanson

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Surinamese Wedding Portraits


The idea to bring these extraordinary wedding portraits together originated with Lucia Nankoe, guest curator of this FOAM exhibition, in 2014. Together with her team she spoke with descendants of bridal couples with at least one ancestor of Surinamese descent

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Charl Landvreugd on Neo Matloga

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At the beginning of 2021, the tenth ABN AMRO Art Prize was awarded to Neo Matloga. As part of the prize, his exhibition along came your eyes opened on 17 May 2022 in the Hermitage in Amsterdam. With a series of seven new works, the South African artist is taking the next step in his artistic process.

Charl Landvreugd, head of research & curatorial practice, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, opened the exhibition with the following talk.
Neo Matloga, photo J. de Waart

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