"I kroywara I: I walk with you; you walk with I," is the psychological space in which I operate. Whit this concept, I invest time in reflection, use a performative space-time of symbolic systems, and I document encounters with the Other."

Mask III - Mixed media painting 60 x 90 cm

Miguel Keerveld (b. Suriname, 1982) is an independent artist. Educated as a civil technical engineer 'he' operates with a focus on visual language and creative writing. As a social researcher, ‘her’ performativity relates to the manifestation of creative rituals for civic engineering and social counseling.

"I take inspiration from the indigenous term ‘koiwara’. This agricultural ritual of the Kalinia, an indigenous tribe in Suriname, is a communal ritual. To prepare their agriculture process, this community uses fire. First, for the general preparation ‘moshiro’, that involves everyone. Afterward, ‘koiwara’ follows – a family ritual, in which wood piles of insufficiently burned tree trunks and branches are reburned. This technology is fundamental in my space-time rituals that reflect the relationship between violence and strength. This philosophy, a concept of limited damage with long-term effects, relates to the synergy between culture and nature. It follows three exhibitions with focus on oppositions. First, in 2010 as a contrast. Second, in 2012 as harmony. Finally, in 2020 as synthesis."

Victory II - Acrylic on canvas 70 x 70 cm
The Elite Piet - Mixed media installation 3 x 1 x 4 m
Ubuntu - Mixed media installation 4 x 5 x 4 m
Continuum - Mixed media installation 1 x 2 x 2 m

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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