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'It is my inner strength that keeps me in balance as a woman artist'

Through the years my statement changed. Maybe it did, because a statement is only a state of mind at a certain time. When I decided to dedicate myself to art as a professional artist, my main focus was on nature and culture. Not just nature, but nature as the spiritual strength it holds within. And culture as it came to me by our Surinamese poet Dobru reciting his poem ‘Wan bon, someni wiwiri’ ( One tree, so many leaves ). It was about the fascination for all different cultures, being part of my own Surinamese culture. But then came a time when nature and culture were no issue anymore and for years I stated that ‘Life is Art and Art is Life’.

Through the years I became increasingly aware of existing prejudices and barriers withholding talented women from becoming professional artists in my developing country. This inspired me to realize an interdisciplinary project ‘The strength of women’ consisting of a solo exhibition, a short video-film and a booklet with three short stories.

Then again, the multi-cultural Surinamese society became essential in relation with the person I became, born, living and working in this Dutch Caribbean country. Being a Surinamese, a Caribbean woman and world citizen, I realized that I have a hybrid heritage and hybrid personality. I started a research of the strength of hybridism. I realized that I am local, ‘splendid in isolation’, and of ‘a place out of time’ but on the other hand, that the globalization with people traveling back and forth also is a basis for hybridism.

My focus has been on creating a true fusion between visual art and the art of words. In doing so, the visual image should not be subordinate to the story, or the other way around but it has to be a balanced interplay between visual art and literature.

At the moment balance and harmony are the keywords. Balance and harmony between visual art and the art of words; my work has to communicate locally as well as internationally, even so I want to achieve a yin yang harmony between realism and abstraction in one piece of art.

Discover more on Kit-Ling on her website http://kitlingtjonpiangi.net/

Read: Self-portrait of the artist speaking in the third person

  http://www.nyu.edu/calabash/vol4no1/vol4no1/0401072.pdf 



Working experience:
Untill 2017 Secretary of the FVAS, in charge of project management of Art Projects, public lectures
2014 Art event the Giant painting, painting installed at JAPIN international airport, Zanderij, Suriname
2012 Artist talk art project with installation of artworks at Cultural Center Nickerie, Suriname
2011 Artist in Residence at Vermont Studio Center, USA
1988 - Now Visual artist: Painting and Drawing, Video & Video installation since 2005, Multi disciplinary art projects since 1996

Exhibitions:
2017 TNF of December "Special Gift Edition", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of October "Beastly", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of August ''Pe un’ moksi kon na wan", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of May "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2016 Thursday Night Feature "Caged", Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2016-2017 One Bare Foot Square Uncooked traveling art project, Different Countries
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2013 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Solo exhibition "Short Stories", Surinaams Museum at Fort Zeelandia, Suriname
2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname





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Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi

Exhibition 25 Years Readytex Art Gallery
Thursday ‘Frightly’ Feature op 2 November 2017
‘Beastly’ Thursday-Night-Feature of October
TNF 3 Augustus : Pe un’ moksi kon na wan
Open House at the May Thursday-Night-Feature
Readytex Art Gallery verhuisd
Circus Terminal Worldwide Suriname
Group exhibition "WAT"
"Short Stories" Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi
Vredig, vrij en vriendelijk
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi "The strength of women"
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
The Woman Artist Installation by Kit-Ling
Surifesta 2006 " Kunst, Koffie en een Koekje "
Open house 2005


Birth place:
Suriname

Education:
1972 - 1976 Advanced Teacher Training Institute in Paramaribo - MO-A degree (Visual Art & Art Education) I.O.L., Paramaribo, Suriname
1976 - 1979 Academy in Tilburg - MO-A and MO-B degree (Visual Art & Art Education), the Netherlands
2005 Academy for Higher Art and Culture Education (AHKCO), Suriname in co-operation with the Sandberg Institute, the Netherlands, Workshop 'theoneminutes' (short video-film)
2005 - 2006 SFA, Surinamese Film Academy, Camera, Light and Lighting, Suriname


Award:
2001 First Prize at the Surifesta Art Poster Contest 2001
Work of Kit-Ling was selected for book illustrations, several calenders and stamps.
2012 Featured Visual Artist within the Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars.
2013 Bridget Jones Award for Caribbean Studies, awarded by the society for Caribbean Studies in the UK.



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