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'I want to confront the public with controversial subjects that they are so often inclined to ignore or just close their eyes to'

Kurt Nahar received his art education at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy in Suriname and at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and the Performing arts in Jamaica. The artist is currently a teacher at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy himself.

Kurt Nahar uses his art to express his thoughts and emotions on various subjects related to questionable social and political circumstances in Suriname and in other countries worldwide, in a bold and often confrontational manner. By doing so he hopes to increase awareness, to break the trend of silent acceptance and to ultimate stimulate discussion. His technique is inspired by the methods of his predecessors from the era of Dadaism. The use of collage techniques and simple objects are characteristic for his art.

Kurt has participated in exhibitions in various countries, and has enjoyed residencies at art institutes such as Diaspora Vibe Gallery in Miami, the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, all in the USA, the ‘Rijksakademie’ in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the ‘Vrije Universiteit’ in Brussels, Belgium.

In 2018, he joined the Miami based artist team of DVCAI (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) in their yearly international cultural exchange project (ICE) in Jamaica. In 2019 he participated in the critical exhibition Inter|Sectionality: Diaspora art from the creole city at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington DC.

Working experience:
2020: Cultural Currents III, International exchange with DVCAI, Guadeloupe
2019: Art project ‘Chapeau EMEGA’, Cayenne, French Guiana
2018: International Cultural Exchange project with DVCAI, Jamaica
2016: Artist-in-residence at Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, USA
2014: ‘XI Bienal De Pintura Mural Internos’, Santiago de Cuba
2011: Artist-in-residence at VUB, Belgium
2008: Artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, USA
1993 - 1998: Different Drawing Projects in Suriname

2021 Manifesto group exhibition ALAKONDRE, WI TRU FESI, RAG, Suriname
2020 IN THE FACE OF CHANGE exhibition, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2020 Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City, Harvey B. Gantt Center, for African-American Art & Culture, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
2019 Booth of DVCAI at a satellite exhibition in Breakwater Hotel, Miami Beach, USA
2019 Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Washington DC, USA
2018 25th Anniversary exhibition of Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of November "Frightly", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2016 TNF of September "Residency New Orleans", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2013 Guyanese>Pigments, Habitation Clement, Martinique, French Guyana
2012 Solo "Legally Issued", Galerie Nola Hatterman, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Kurt Nahar

The Nene Rituals installation by Kurt Nahar
Manifesto group exhibition Alakondre, Wi Tru Fesi
Gallery presentation by Marieke Visser
TNF December 5th 2019: 'Special Art Gifts'
‘Open House’ in November at Readytex Art Gallery
"Open House" in July at Readytex Art Gallery
"Open House" in May at Readytex Art Gallery
'‘Open House'' in March at Readytex Art Gallery
"Special Gift Edition" at Readytex Art Gallery
Thursday-Night-Feature with Open-Mic during NK
Readytex Art Gallery also open during NK 2018
TNF "ICE Jamaica" presentation by Kurt Nahar
Exhibition 25 Years Readytex Art Gallery
TNF December 7th 2017 "Special Gift Edition"
Thursday ‘Frightly’ Feature op 2 November 2017
‘Beastly’ Thursday-Night-Feature of October
Open House at the May Thursday-Night-Feature
TNF with Kurt Nahar about New Orleans, USA
Readytex Art Gallery is moving
Circus Terminal Worldwide Suriname
Group exhibition "WAT"
"The seduction of Coronie" The Hague, Netherland
Vredig, vrij en vriendelijk
Mini feature: What do you choose for?
Paramaribo SPAN
Artists participating in international exhibitions
Public exhibition by Kurt Nahar and Marcel Pinas
Readytex Art Gallery at NK ‘09
"Commonalities" Group exhibit at IVCC
Misschien ....... Kurt Nahar
WAKAMAN drawing lines-connecting dots
Craft and Souvenir Installation by Kurt Nahar
Surifesta 2006 " Kunst, Koffie en een Koekje "
Holland Art Fair 2006
Open house 2005

Date of birth:
30 october 1972

Birth place:

2003: Workshop printmaking, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2000 - 2002: Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica
1993 - 1997: Nola Hatterman Institute, Paramaribo, Suriname
1992 : Mulo-A diploma, Wim Bosch Verschuurschool, Paramaribo, Suriname

2020: DVCAI Artist Catalyst Award for 2021, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator
(DVCAI), Miami, USA
2012: Art in process award at the National Art Fair for artwork made with two
colleague artists, Paramaribo, Suriname
2004: Most innovative artist at the National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2002: Artist in Residence Award, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, USA

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