Identities of Afro-Caribbean youth in a post-colonial world
The work of photographer and filmmaker Kevin Osepa (1994, Curaçao) is concerned primarily with the identities of young Afro-Caribbeans. A world in which the reality of daily life and the magical world of the Caribbean religion Brua co-exist. Among others, IDENTITIES features his film Watamula and his installation Riku. In these works, Osepa links these two worlds to ideas about masculinity and gender in Dutch society and society in Curaçao.
The themes he explores often have their roots in his autobiography but reach out to contemporary social issues around collective identity and the role of gender. As part of the IDENTITIES exhibition Osepa shows three different works in which he reflects on the role of religion, masculinity and gender perceptions.
About the artist
Osepa graduated from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht in 2017 and was nominated for the Steenbergen Stipendium and the ING Award. Various articles on his work have been published in national newspapers such as Trouw and Volkskrant Magazine. In 2018 he became the youngest artist ever to be nominated for the prestigious Volkskrant Art Prize.