Permanent installation, unveiled on July 29th 2012.
Remy Jungerman (Surinam) stayed for two months on the occasion of an artistic residency at the atelier Buitenland of the Tembe Art Studio in Moengo. Funded by the Mondrian Fonds, he could develop in June and July a new installation. Created by the Surinamese artist Marcel Pinas, these studios offer the possibility of artistic residencies and focuses on all arts (visuals arts, dance, music…).
Remy Jungerman exhibits the result of his work, which is directly influenced by the maroon culture of Surinam and by the African spiritualities that mingle within the Caribbean. Happy Land: Apuku Return Blue Eye is a permanent installation, placed in Moengo and composed of 21 sculptures of toads, made in concrete and integrated to a base similar to flowerpot and forming the beginning of these little “columns”.
This is a tribute paid to his motherland and to the maroon culture. “Apuku’ is a deity of the “winti” culture who can imitate other gods. The toads of Remy Jungerman are coated with kaolin that gives them this white color and their eyes were covered with blue pigments (hence the title “blue eye”).
Tembe Art Studio, Moengo, Suriname.
This installation was first accessible to the public on July 29th 2012 and will permanently stay at the Kruising Moengo.
Headline picture’s credits : Installation view © Remy Jungerman