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Richenel Ansano

Richenel Ansano - foto Jenny Coffi-Alberto
Richenel Ansano - foto Jenny Coffi-Alberto

(1960) was born in Kurá Piedra on the island of Curaçao, a place that was always magical and which instilled in him a sense of the importance of stories and popular cultural forms. He studied Economics in Puerto Rico and Anthropology in the USA, getting in contact with an immense new world, but especially with the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa, opening his mind to the political, cultural, economic and spiritual reality of his region and the world. During this time he wrote poems, which ended up displaced in notebooks lost in constant moves. In the 80's he returned to Curaçao and worked as cultural researcher, eventually becoming director of the Cultural Affairs Office. Afterward he moved to the USA with his family and directed the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, where he got involved in the synthesis of art and scholarship. Subsequently he worked for and then directed the Global Medicine Education Foundation. He is the current director of the National Archaeological Anthropological Memory Management, promoting Curaçao's cultural heritage. He has always remained interested in healing and does both individual and group consultations. In 2010 he made his debut as an author with the poetry book titled Kolosenshi. Most of his poems show his interest in culture, collective healing, ethics and daily popular spirituality.

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