Group exhibition Renobashon
In 2019 Landhuis Bloemhof commemorated 50 years of the May 30 1969 riots with art project RENOBASHON. This multi disciplinary art project consisted of a visual art exhibition; a debate ‘Bridging the information gap about May 30 1969’; a cultural evening with performances, music and theater; and an open invitation to the public to join in creating the ‘Walk of Dreams for Curacao’.
Saturday July 6, 2019, this art project kicked-off with the opening of the visual art exhibition Renobashon at Landhuis Bloemhof.h
About the project
Landhuis Bloemhof explains the project as follows: In the beginning of 1969 The Curacao Chamber of Commerce of Curacao invited an American consultancy firm to help develop ways to create more local small businesses. After the May riots it was evident that all sectors of society should be included in these conversations and that is how the Renobashon Foundation was formed. The Foundation used Landhuis Bloemhof as a meeting place.
From ‘Social Intervention in Curacao: A ‘Case Study’ in which social scientists summarized and studied the Renobashon process, in the seventies, Bloemhof quotes:
“Leaders of different island fractions had surprising similar visions of Curacao future, but they were generally unaware of their shared dreams.”
Landhuis Bloemhof presented this quote to artists -of different disciplines- for their contribution to art project Renobashon, using the work of the Renobashon Foundation as their source of inspiration.
July 6, 2019, the visual arts exhibition started, with work by Ariadne Faries, Corinne Boyé, Annemieke Dicke, Bert Knubben, PITOPOLO, Martie Genger, Suzet Rosaria, Giovani Zanolino, Merly Trappenberg, Morgaine Parris, Bethyamin van Nieuwenhuizen, Margarita Haakmat, Quirine Guato, Hilma Koelman, Rochelle Monte, Maghalie George, Brigitte Wawoe, Luisa Capriles, Susan Rudolph, Avantia Damberg, Giovanni Abath, Robert van Haren and Evelien Sipkes.
The opening was accompanied by special performances of tambú group Mi Zjilea and a theatre piece written by Rudolf Crispulo, with music by Eric Calmes.
Other activities organized by Landhuis Bloemhof for this project
* Debate. On August 9, 2019: the youth will get the opportunity to ask those who experienced the May 1969 uprising questions about what happened
* Cultural event. On September 5, 2019: performance artists, writers and poets will get the opportunity to present their reflection on 30 May 1969.
* Walk of Dreams: from July 6 to September 7, 2019, the public can write their dream for Curacao on a coral stone. Together these dreams will form the ‘Walk of Dreams for Curacao’.
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