Saturday 30th July will be the Finissage of the exhibition by our fellow Razia Barsatie at KunstKan Amsterdam. The event will be held from 16:00-19:00. If you haven't seen the exhibtion, tomorrow is the last day!
Razia Barsatie (1982, SR) is interested in the history of the oppressed upbringing of the traditional Surinamese culture and how subjects such as child abuse in the family, sex, marriage to another race/religion are seen as taboo. Against this background, Barsatie confronts the cultural traditions that her ancestors brought from India to Suriname more than 150 years ago and which have been preserved there as if time stood still.
The works she makes are intended to break taboos, process fears, make it a topic for discussion and learn to deal with it. That's in not only see her work, but also smell, feel and hear her. She makes multimedia work: a combination of drawings, animation/video installation, sound installation and sculptures.
Her material research serves to 'tell' stories with herbs.
With her fragrance art, Barsatie is on a mission to remove embarrassment through dialogues between viewer and artwork. Her discovery that the transparent tapioca starch not only behaves like an environmentally friendly 'resin', but also gives a sculptural expression to the 'vulnerability and processing'. A natural connection between what she wants to portray and the 'roots'/sources from which her emotions and memories are fed...