Biography

Born in 1959 in Moengo, Suriname
Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Remy Jungerman attended the Academy for Higher Arts and Cultural Studies in Paramaribo, Suriname, before moving to Amsterdam where he studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. In his work, Jungerman explores the intersection of pattern and symbol in Surinamese Maroon culture, the larger African Diaspora, and 20th Century “Modernism.” In bringing seemingly disparate visual languages into conversation, Jungerman’s work challenges the established art historical canon. As art and culture critic Greg Tate has remarked “Jungerman’s work leaps boldly and adroitly into the epistemological gap between culturally confident Maroon self-knowledge and the Dutch learning curve around all things Jungerman, Afropean and Eurocentric.”

Born and raised in Suriname, he is a descendant, on his mother side, of the Surinamese Maroons who escaped enslavement on Dutch plantations to establish self-governed communities in the Surinamese rain forest. Within their rich culture, many West-African influences are preserved including the prominent use of abstract geometrical patterns. Placing fragments of Maroon textiles, as well other materials found in the African diaspora such as the kaolin clay used in many African religious traditions or the nails featured in West African Nkisi Nkondi power sculpture, in direct contact with materials and imagery drawn from more “established” art traditions, Jungerman presents a peripheral vision that can enrich and inform our perspective on art history.

CV

Education

  • 1959 Born in Suriname
    Lives and works in Amsterdam
  • 1989-1993 Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, NL
  • 1985-1988 Academy for Higher Arts and Cultural Studies, Paramaribo, Suriname

Solo exhibitions

  • 2019
    The Measurement of Presence (with Iris Kensmil), Dutch Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennial, IT Solo exhibition, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2018
    Based In, Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY, US
  • 2017
    In Transit, Expositieruimte 38 CC, Delft, NL
    Winter Artist Residency, Hudson Valley MOCA, Peekskill, NY, US
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  • 2016
    The Fall Exhibition, Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center and Gallery, Ghent, NY 3rd Atlantic Obeah, Presidents Gallery, NY
    FESITEN – first time, C&H Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2015
    CROSSING THE WATER, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, NL Open Studio NY Residency, Marc Straus Gallery, NY
  • 2013
    KABRA. Descendants Exchange, Kunstverenging Diepenheim, NL Adding Up to the West, C&H Gallery, Amsterdam (cat)
  • 2012
    Limited Edition, Galerie 23, Amsterdam
  • 2011
    Positions, de HAL (Readytex Art Gallery), Paramaribo, SR
  • 2010
    Remy Jungerman & Folkert de Jong Metis-NL Gallery, Amsterdam
  • 2008
    Desire, Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, NL
    Fritschy Culture Award, Museum Het Domein, Sittart, NL (cat)
  • 2006
    Afro-Intensity, Kunst Vlaai, Amsterdam
  • 2005
    Afro-Blue, Gallery Lumen Travo, Amsterdam
  • 2004
    Absolute Truth, Gemak, Den Haag, NL
  • 2003
    Absolute Truth, Buro Leeuwarden, NL
  • 2002
    Territory, Gallery Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2000
    Flattened Toad Force, Museum de Paviljoens, Almere, NL
  • 1999
    Waardige Zaken, Het Oude Slot, Heemstede, NL
    Sometimes Travelers don’t come back, Gallery Lumen Travo, Amsterdam
  • 1998
    Made in India, Gallery Lumen Travo, Amsterdam
  • 1997
    Remy Jungerman, Gallery Lumen Travo, Amsterdam

Selected group exhibitions

  • 2017 ‘I AM A NATIVE FOREIGNER’ Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
    Bye Bye de Stijl, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL
    Private room: Artists from the Gallery, C&H Gallery, Amsterdam
    Nadia Naveau & Remy Jungerman, I Presume, DAK@ galerie Sanaa, Utrecht, NL
  • 2016 Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, Vancouver, Canada
    Arrows Shot From the Bow, Rietveld Cordemeyer Huis, Apeldoorn, NL This is not a show, Marc Straus Gallery, NY
  • 2015 Expo Chicago, Marc Straus Gallery, Chicago, USA Global Inspirations, LUMC, Leiden, NL
    Tembe fu Libi, Moengo Festival of Visual Arts, Moengo, Suriname (cat) Exclude/include. Alternate Histories Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam Zomertentoonstelling Kunstverenging Diepenheim, NL
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  • 2014 Prospect.3 Notes for Now, New Orleans Contemporary Art Biennial (cat)
    I am not doing anything until I feel the need, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam (cat) Art Fair, Amsterdam Drawing, C&H Art Space Gallery, NL
    The Daylight Show, Galerie Ton de Boer @ Dresselhuyspaviljoen, NL
    Spirit Levels, CCA Glasgow, Scotland
    Flow, IDB Cultural Center Art Gallery Washington, DC
    Art Rotterdam with C&H Art Space, NL
  • 2013 BIAC, International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Martinique
    Van God Los? Je geest in balans, Museum het Dolhuys, Haarlem, NL First Biënnale Of The South in Panama, Panama City
    The World of Extraordinary Objects, October Gallery, London
  • 2012 Gallery Artists + Guest, C&H Art Space, Amsterdam
    ‘Who More Sci-Fi Than Us?’ Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, NL (cat) More to Tell, Recent Acquisitions, Museum het Domein, Sittard, NL
  • 2011 Running Tread (Wakaman), C&H Art Space, Amsterdam
  • 2010 Gallery Artists Show André Simoens Gallery, Knokke, Belgium Art Brussels and Art Paris with Gallery Andre Simoens
    Mi Art Milano, Metis-NL Gallery
  • 2009 10th edition of the Havana Biennial, Cuba (cat)
    Droog Shop NYC, New York
    Higher Ground, curated by Astrid Honold, Metis-NL Gallery, Amsterdam Licht aan Zee, Born on Wednesday, Kunsthal 52, den Helder, NL
    The Rhetoric of Doubt, Galerie André Simoens, Knokke, Belgium
  • 2008 Black is Beautiful: Rubens to Dumas, Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam (cat) Exoten, Belmonte Arboretum, Wageningen, NL (cat)
    Arco 08, 27th International Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain
  • 2007 Infinite Island, Contemporary Caribbean Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York City (cat) The Color Line, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
    By The Way, Museum Tongerlohuys, Roosendaal, NL (cat)
  • 2006 Nederland 1, Museum het Catharina Gasthuis, Gouda, NL
    Papier. Beeld & Basis: Cartografie, Stedelijk Museum Aalst, Belgium Bison Caravan, Museum Bamako, Mali, Africa
    Four by Four, Kashi Art Gallery, Fort Cochin, India (cat)
    Flatscreen project, Polvo, Chicago, USA
  • 2005 Rendez-vous 2005, Musée Art contemporain, Lyon, France
    Wakaman, TENT. Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, NL
    la Planck, Air de Paris, Paris, FR
    Gekleurde Vormgeving, Stedelijk Museum Aalst, Belgium
    Black & White and a little bit of color, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, NL (cat) Utopia, Gorcums Museum, NL (cat)
    Grid 2, Gallery éof, Paris, FR (cat)
  • 2004 Secrets of the 90’s, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, NL Wish You Were (T)here, Stedelijk Museum Aalst, Belgium
    Art Fair, 31st Fiac, Paris Expo-Porte de Versailles, Paris
  • 2003 Objects in Mirror are closer than they appear, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany (cat) Armour / Asperen, Ford Asperen, Acquoy, NL (cat)
    Black My Story, Museum de Paviljoens, Almere, NL (cat)
  • 2002 Political Correct, Dutch?, Gallery Krinzinger, Salzburg / Vienna, Austria (cat) Grid, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (cat)
    No ID, Sakshi Gallery, Bombay, India
    European Living, The Hague Sculpture, The Hague, NL (cat)
    Politics of Difference, Malba, Buenos Aires, Argentina (cat)
    Politics of Difference, Palacio de Congresos, Recife, Brazil (cat)
  • 2001 Bank Secrets in the Attic, Museum Amstelkring, Amsterdam
    We are always on the edge of the wilderness, W139, Amsterdam
  • 2000 Closer to One Another, Biennial of Havana, Cuba (cat) The Container, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Germany
  • 1999 Glad ijs, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (cat)
    Big River, National Museum, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (cat)
  • 1998 Power Up, Museum Arnhem, NL (cat)
    Gate way to the Arctic, Museum Tromso, Norway
  • 1997 In the Ditch, Out of the Ditch, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (cat) Around Europa, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • 1996 20 years of fine Arts In Suriname, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (cat) New Light, Peninsula, Eindhoven, NL (cat)
  • 1995 20 years of fine Arts In Suriname, Ford Zeelandia, Paramaribo, Suriname (cat)

Residencies & awards

  • 2018 One year Residency at International Studio and Curatorial Program NY, Mondriaan Fund, NL 2017 Orientation travel to CUBA & USA, Mondriaan Fund, NL
  • 2017 Nomination Black Achievement Award, NL
  • 2016 Winter Residency Hudson Valley MOCA, Peekskill, NY
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  • 2016 Mondriaan Fund, Project investering bemiddelaar en kunstenaar 2015 NY Residency, Marc Straus Gallery, NYC
  • 2014 Mondriaan Fund, Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent
  • 2013 Art Omi Residency, Ghent, NY
  • 2012 Residency Tembe Art Studio, Moengo, Suriname
  • 2010RAVY, Rencontres d’Arts Visuels de Yaound , Mus e National Cameroun 2009 Fonds BKVB, Intendant Cultural Diversity
  • 2008 Fritschy Culture Award, The Netherlands
  • 2007 CCA7 residency, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 2004 TGD4, International Artist Workshop, Tambacounda, Senegal