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Frouwkje Smit

(Assen, the Netherlands 1980), studied photography at the art academy AKI /ARTEZ in Enschede (2000-2004). Together with other artists she worked for two years in the free form system and organized art projects. After that she did a Master education in documentary photography and moving image at the Post Sint Joost Academie in Breda (2006-2008). She sees a new challenge in each work of art. It is often about people who are looking for a new existence out of sheer necessity or in all freedom. Sometimes it is about the journey itself, the present (dreams), the now or the past (history, memories). With this, Smit wants to tell a story; her photography, videos and installations are an invitation to start an open dialog. She collects those stories both in the Netherlands and during her trips. She has lived in Uganda (Africa) for a year and she currently lives in Curaçao. Especially for the literature festival Krusa Laman in Curaçao and the corresponding theme A Sense of Belonging or Kaminda rais a kue tera, Smit, by order of the FPI, has made a slide show of the favorite places and texts of some Curaçao authors and artists. This will be shown in Villa Maria on Friday evening, the 16th of April.

(WIN 2010)

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  • Antillen/Suriname 2010

    Krusa Laman - Curaçao

    With: Bas Heijne, Bernice Chauly, Dennis Aalse Ensemble, Diana Lebacs, Elia Isenia, Frouwkje Smit, Iman Humaydan, Roland Colastica, Roy Evers, Shrinivási, Yasmine Allas

    On Curaçao the Fundashon pa Planifikashon di Idioma (Foundation for language planning), is the organisational partner for Winternachten. During the festival Krusa Laman on Curaçao all writers and performers will use their own language. Their words will be projected in the local language, Papiamentu. The translations have been taken care of by the FPI. This year's theme 'A sense of belonging' has been translated as the metaphor Kaminda rais a kue tera.
    This theme is leading for the festival in Curaçao, and will be dealt with from different perspectives. A substheme is migration, and migration in literature. For FPI, the Curaçao anthropologist Richenel Ansano wrote a sensitive essay, Between Love and Terror: Having a Sense of Belonging is no Joke. This essay is available for free for the audience.

    The public library of Curaçao also gives special attention to the theme Kaminda rais a kue tera. On 9 April there will be a festive opening of an exhibition on Krusa Laman and the theme, with all sorts of information on the participating writers and artists, their work, countries of origin, etc..

    Then there are the workshops for secondary school pupils, at the schools that will be visited by the authors. Creative writer Elodie Heloise is preparing the children and students for the festival in workshops. During these workshop the pupils will deal with the theme, and deliver materials for the exhibition in the library.

    Of course the theme A Sense of Belonging is also present in the public performances. There are the readings of the authors, but besides this the visual artist Frouwkje Smit has made an artistic slideshow with pictures of a number of well known and lesser known people from the island, including writers and artists. Al the authors were asked to choose their favourite spot on Curaçao, where they feel most at home. They also chose a text with the spot. The slideshow is combined with music, and will be shown on Friday 16 April in Villa Maria, Scharloo. The versatile artist Roland Colastica will be the M.C. of that evening.