Performance poet and visual artist Quinsy Gario (1984, Curaçao) focuses on ‘decolonial remembering’. In IDENTITIES Gario shows two installations in which he combines objects from the museum collection with films and objects he collected personally in Curaçao, St.Maarten and elsewhere. In these works, he focuses on the violent colonial relations and how and by whom knowledge is passed on down the generations.
Decolonial remembering and disruption
Quinsy Gario (1984, St Maarten) is a visual artist and poet. In his work he focuses on decolonial remembering and disruption. His most well-known work is ‘Black Pete is Racism’, in which he critically examines how much is generally known about the racist Dutch practice of ‘Zwarte Piet’ featuring people dressed up in blackface. For the IDENTITIES exhibition Gario developed two new works in which he takes a fresh look at colonial and decolonial systems. In these works his critique focuses on how we acquire knowledge and how we pass on stories and crafts to subsequent generations.
About the artist
Gario read Gender Studies at the University of Utrecht and gained his Master in Artistic Research at the Royal Academy in The Hague. Gario is winner of the Royal Academy Master Thesis Prize 2017, the 2016 Black Excellence Award, the Amsterdam Fringe Festival Silver Award 2015 and the Dutch Caribbean Pearly Community Pearl Award 2014 and the Hollandse Nieuwe 12 Theatre Makers Prize 2011. He is a member of the pan-African artists’ collective State of L3, was a BAK-fellow in 2017/2018 and a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow. He is currently a researcher with Brussels-based Advanced Performance And Scenography Studies.