ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents two special solo exhibitions: Remy Jungerman – Neap Tide and Mohau Modisakeng – Bagamoyo. The work of both artists is informed by the African diaspora, migration and hidden histories; while they work from divergent perspectives, practices and geographies.
Remy Jungerman | Neap Tide
Remy Jungerman presents Neap Tide, his introductory exhibition at Galerie Ron Mandos. In his work, Jungerman weaves references to modernist abstraction with visual languages connected to the African Diaspora. The artist frequently refers to the rich culture of the Surinamese Maroons who escaped enslavement on the plantations to found their own self-governed communities in the Surinamese rain forest. In their culture and in their religion, Winti, many West-African influences are preserved including the prominent use of abstract geometrical patterns—patterns which the Maroons had been using for centuries before Mondriaan embarked upon his famous path to abstraction. Jungerman is interested in the intersecting paths travelled by motifs from Africa, the Surinamese Maroon culture, and 20th century Modernism. By exploring the convergence of patterns and shapes from these seemingly disparate cultural landscapes, he reveals the condensation of time and identity. 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. His installation is trans-ethnically enharmonic and post-colonially universal in the same breath.”