(Netherlands Antilles, 1984) is a Curaçaoan-Dutch poet and artist known for his work around the figure of Black Pete. He studied Master Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Utrecht University, published under the pseudonym T. Martinus in NRC Next and won the Hollandse Nieuwe Theatermaker prize in 2011. Gario also makes art installations and his work can be seen in the exhibition Identities at the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam. In 2016 he was awarded the first Black Achievement Award.(WN 2020)
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How do musicians, (visual) artists and curators deal with decolonization? How does it influence, enrich or hinder their work?
During the Friday Night Unlimited program, several events will focus on the decolonization of the mind. How free is our mind, what does freedom mean, and are we truly free, or caught in the framework of our culture, society and history? This theme is party based on the essay collection Decolonizing the Mind by the Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o, in which he discusses colonized language and how its influence is still notable. Since he believes that language plays a constructive role in culture, history and identity, he argues for "lingustic decolonization".
In this second event, Simon(e) van Saarloos discusses this subject with actor and writer Akwasi, with poet, visual artist and activist Quinsy Gario and with Susan Legène, Professor of Political History at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.