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BOTOPASI EVENT September 1-9, 2018

Het BOTOPASI EVENT is als een centrale kookpot, een ontmoetingsplaats en een kruisbestuiving voor een divers publiek, een inspiratie voor scholen en een aanjager voor de hedendaagse cultuur, theater, muziek en dans. Het event beoogt het tot stand brengen en versterken van sociale cohesie tussen mensen, bewoners in omringende dorpen en het met elkaar in contact brengen van verschillende lokale groepen.


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AIRP2018 - Not your ordinary catch

AIRP2018 - Not your ordinary catchNot your ordinary catch

Thursday, September 13 - 16, 9:00 - 17:00

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 13, 2018 19:30–21:00

Surinaams Museum - Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo

‘Not Your Ordinary Catch’ is a contemporary art exhibition featuring new work by:
Angelika Steiger
Nicole Van Straatum
Isidoor Wens (Suriname / The Netherlands)

All artwork has been created on-site in the interior of Suriname at Art Centre Botopasi (ARTCEB). Annually, international artists are invited to participate at the ARTCEB International Residency Program (AIRP2018), a platform for progressive art exchange, located in the Saramaccan village of Botopasi, Sipaliwini, Suriname.


Green calm jungle-moon
mirrors in the dark river
songbirds – crying

Haiku by Lotti Kofler,
Arlesheim, Switzerland

review Review and exhibition

Angelika Steiger

Angelika Steiger
Angelika Steiger (b. 1959) in Liechtenstein, lives and works in Basel/Switzerland and London. She gained her Master of Arts degree in Fine Art from the University of the Arts London (Wimbledon College of Art). Since 1993 she has solo and group exhibitions in Europe, America and Asia, where her works can be found in private and public collections.

Angelika Steiger explores, plays and stretches meaning and use of materials. In her work she takes natural objects and discarded material, but also memories or experiences as the point of departure and forms them into objects and images of imagination, poesie and sensibility. In this exhibition she shows beside her installation and objects a series of sgraffitos and monoprints, in addition to paintings – all inspired by her 3 month long stay in Suriname.

During her artist residency at ARTCEB in Botopasi she learnt a lot about the flow in the Saramaccan way of living and their philosophy of life, and feels enriched and inspired. At the same time she realised that no matter where s.b. is born, we all are part of a circle, formed by conventions and expectations from outside and inside – living in a self-made cage just like picolettos (song birds).



Nicole Van Straatum

Nicole Van Straatum
Nicole Van Straatum (b. 1992) is a multimedia artist and producer of Surinamese and Irish-American descent based in New York City. Her practice is centered around documentation, process, and connection.

Van Straatum’s on-going project, Suriname Journal, examines the cultural, historical, and visceral effects of de-colonization in her father’s homeland of Suriname – which in result, is an immensely diverse society. Spanning mediums, platforms, and formats, the journal cultivates a visual database, community and conversation in relation to the Surinamese identity.

For her photographic work featured in Not Your Ordinary Catch, Van Straatum intimately explores the power of images; not only as a device to hold memories, but rather a mirror of dreams and realities for the Saamakan youth. In collaboration with the Botopasi locals, she developed stylized portraits, showcasing the intersection of tradition meets city-influenced modernity. The concept of image-making inherently attracted the village’s younger generation, as an opportunity to depict their own fantasies and truths – approached from a gaze both sensitive and sensual.

Isidoor Wens

Isidoor Wens
Isidoor Wens is the Founder of ARTOTS (Art on the Spot, The Netherlands) and ARTCEB (Art Centre Botopasi, Suriname). He received his education at Utrecht School of the Arts, 1993 - 1995. His work focuses on human figures with an emphasis on fertility symbols, and examines the void wherein lies the foundation of the existing present through the mediums of performance, painting and sculptures.

Examining the void wherein lies the foundation of the existing present …
On a journey to his roots, he is charged with energy. Coming home illuminates the disparity that marks the realm of perspective he has developed into from the familiar complacency of his origins. Isidoor Wens creative works are extracted from the multi-layered world he inhabits. The artworks shown in the group exhibition depicts a juggled and woven perception of daily-life. With the pieces, he seeks reconciliation between an interior awareness and the realities of externalcontext.