Born in Suriname, 1959. Lives and works in Amsterdam.
87.5 x 26 x 3 inch (222.5 x 65.5 x 7.5 cm)
2016 – 2018
The sculptor Remy Jungerman brings together motifs from the De Stijl movement of Dutch modernism with the Maroon culture of his native Suriname. He is interested in the journey of patterns and textures across time periods and continents.
Jungerman drapes wooden planks with ceremonial fabrics worn by the practitioners of the Winti religion of West Africa in the Surinamese rainforest. Each color pattern honors a particular pantheon of deities -- water, earth, wind. The fabric is covered by a fine layer of kaolin clay with which the Maroons cover their faces to become ghost-like and connect with ancestral spirits. Jungerman then cuts a modernist grid in the clay, partially revealing the fabric underneath to create a polyrhythmic dialog between the handmade and the readymade layers, which underscores the connections and tensions inherent in the post-colonial world.
Each work is thus a devotional object and a homecoming for Jungerman who moved from Suriname to Amsterdam to complete his art education and establish himself as one of the most important contemporary Dutch artists, representing the Netherlands at the 2019 Venice Biennale.