In 2009 we organized an exhibition at the Traco studio in Weesp with 14 other artists who have a connection with Africa.
The word KWASIAFRIKANI is a phantasy word made by Wim Vonk. It came directly out of his own way of making art and has to do about our dutch, european view about Afrika….that is planted in our minds… In the european art, afrikan art, mostly called ‘primitive’ art is often used as an inspiration opposite to more ‘academic’ ways… We want to research how this will work today…
Rebecca Wangui Gatu, dancer († 2009)
Isidoor W. Wens, performance artist
Wim Vonk, multimedia artist
Cas Rooseboom, artist, theater
Saliou Traoré, artist
Lieve Prins, artist
Marja van Putten, artist
Klaas de Jonge, anthropologist
Carla Kranendonk, painter
Emma Engelsman, artist
Frits N. Eisenloeffel (†), journalist, photographer
Peter Bouwmeester, photographer
Mirjam Berloth, artist
Papa Adama, artist
Photos of the exhibition
Paintings for this exhibition
front page van de website voor de expositie van Wim vonk tijdens Openbare Werken, Ruigoord, 2010
De installatie in de Grote Schuur in Ruigoord begint met een opening door Klaas de Jonge, gevolgd door een performance van Wim Vonk i.s.m. Babak Amiri, Dagmar Chittka, Klaas de Jonge, Marja van Putten, Lieve en Boris Prins, Shakiro Werleman.
KWASIAFRIKANI is a nomadic art event, that has evolved when Wim Vonk met Cas Rooseboom and Klaas de Jonge. It is based in their affinity with Afrikan art and art history.
KWASIAFRIKANI is a remix of African and European art, a fusion of the work of Wim Vonk (multimedia artist) and the collection of African art of Klaas de Jonge (anthropologist). The African art is used in between all the other found objects as forms. Placed outof their context in a big empty factory they loose their meaning. That does not mean they loose power: the forms are spectaculous and in combination with the leftovers of our daily life an exciting opposion shows up. Very interesting…. But as a European artist doing this without the knowledge of their background…a wrong statement is easily made. And the other way around politically correctness won’t help eather.
With other artists who work with the theme from completely different points of view, artistically and from diffrent origin create a new language: KWASIAFRIKANI. Not real African, not real European art. Prejudice about original African art as well as contemporary European art make it impossible to even think of using the two of them as freely as painter uses his brush.