Tropenmuseum exhibits Maroon culture from Suriname

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From 6 November 2009 to 9 May 2010, the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam will present ‘Art of Survival’, the first large-scale exhibition about Maroon culture.

This winter, the Tropenmuseum will become the first museum to devote a large-scale exhibition to the rich Maroon culture from Suriname.

Maroons are the descendants of Africans taken forcibly by slave traders to Suriname, where they escaped from slavery and settled in the jungle, creating a new life and culture along the rivers there.

The exhibition ‘Art of Survival’ is sponsored by the Mondriaan Foundation and will be on display from 6 November 2009 to 9 May 2010.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a richly illustrated book edited by Alex van Stipriaan and Thomas Polimé will be published by KIT Publishers. Maroons and experts on Maroon culture discuss their views on some of the themes highlighted in the exhibition, alongside photographs from the KIT image archive, the museum collection and by contemporary Maroon photographers.

Maroon culture book
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