Stima Otro. Bida di Martie Genger.
Kas di Kultura Kòrsou proudly presents the exhibition
Stima otro. Bida di Martie Genger. / Love One Another. The life of Martie Genger.
Opening: September 24, 2017
In Villa Maria
Van Den Brandhofstraat, Scharloo.
Curated by Josée Thissen-Rojer
The exhibition remains till November 12, 2017. For opening hours, see page bottom.
Meet & Greet with Martie Genger: Sunday October 22, 2017. Between 10:30 AM and 2 PM, in Villa Maria.
Stima otro. Bida di Martie Genger.
Martie Genger came to Curaçao in 1969, just after the uproars of May 30th. As the title indicates, this exhibition is about her life. Martie divides her life in three parts and this exhibition presents the part of her life that has to do with hope, birth, confrontation, youth, immigration, culture, hate and crime.
Love One Another. The life of Martie Genger. The thing that most grabs you about Martie Genger is her love and caring. She creates her artworks from a deep necessity to express herself. To share the love she has with the world.
The famous American author Maya Angelou (1928-2014) wrote her first autobiography in 1969, titled ‘I know why the caged bird sings’. May Angelou explains that the caged birds doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. It has a message it wants to share with the world.
The same happens to Martie. And while visiting the present exhibition, you can discover her song. In her life she has done a lot and passed through many experiences. When talking with Martie you discover a life rich with all kind of experiences, because she dared to live. She followed her heart, took risks and when needed, also had the strength to climb over rocks. All without losing her love and caring for herself, her family, friends and the world.
Life is not easy for any of us. Some experiences take years before Martie can express them in an artwork. Her pieces about her immigration (1969) are recurring like ‘Immigrant’ in 1993 and ‘Not Welcome’ in 2002. These difficult experiences keep coming back in her artistic work.
Others like ‘The Family’ are from 1972 when Martie goes through a divorce. In life difficult periods are followed by happy ones and likewise in the exhibition all kinds of emotions are present. Sadness and Happiness.
‘I Love You’, symbolize the periode when love enters back into her life. ‘Coral’ and ‘Satèh di Playa’ symbolize the pleasantness of life in Curaçao. In ‘Hot, Heat, Hitte’ she humorously expresses the change of climate she experienced when she immigrated.
The piece ‘Timeless Moving’, made in 1976, shows us the philosophy Martie developed in her life. The crumpled sheet symbolized movement. In life you have learn to go up and down with the waves.
Her most important philosophy is found in the work ‘Como Cerrar’ (How to connect). This piece stands for connection. Each one of the nine parts shows a kind of connection. The hooks, the zipper, the safety-pins and buttons.
‘Como Cerrar’ is the art work that really gives us Martie’s song: Do not look for confrontation or war. Martie shows us that we must look for connection and love: Love One Another.
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. From 9 AM till 4 PM.
20, 21, 22 October,
27, 28, 29 October,
3, 4, 5 November,
10, 11, 12 November.
Stichting Monumentenzorg Curaçao is proud sponsor of this exhibition.