KWASIAFRIKANI is a nomadic art event that took place in 2008, that has evolved when Wim Vonk met Cas Rooseboom and Klaas de Jonge. It is based in their affinity with Afrikan art and art history.
KWASIAFRIKANI is a remix of African and European art, a fusion of the work of Wim Vonk (multimedia artist) and the collection of African art of Klaas de Jonge (anthropologist). The African art is used in between all the other found objects as forms. Placed outof their context in a big empty factory they loose their meaning. That does not mean they loose power: the forms are spectaculous and in combination with the leftovers of our daily life an exciting opposion shows up. Very interesting…. But as a European artist doing this without the knowledge of their background…a wrong statement is easily made. And the other way around politically correctness won’t help eather.
With other artists who work with the theme from completely different points of view, artistically and from diffrent origin create a new language: KWASIAFRIKANI. Not real African, not real European art. Prejudice about original African art as well as contemporary Euopean art make it impossible to even think of using the two of them as freely as painter uses his brush. I don’t know nothing about traditional African art is.
The word KWASIAFRIKANI is a phantasy word made by Wim Vonk. It came directly out of his own way of making art and has to do about our dutch, european view about Afrika….that is planted in our minds… In the european art, afrikan art, mostly called ‘primitive’ art is often used as an inspiration opposite to more ‘academic’ ways… We want to research how this will work today…