Afaka lecture by Marcel Pinas

Thursday 15 November
doors open: 7 pm
lecture: 7.30-8.30 pm
Library Hoorn

Please note: This lecture will be held in Dutch.

Come to Library Hoorn on Thursday 15 November for a lecture on the Afaka script, by artist Marcel Pinas.

The Afaka script, consisting of 56 symbols, was developed at the beginning of the twentieth century by Afáka Atumisi for the language Ndyuká. This language is the creole variant of English and is spoken by some 25,000 people in the east of Suriname and the west of French Guiana. The literacy among them, however, is not yet 10%, as a result of which the Afaka script is only used by a few.

The Afaka script plays a major role in the work of artist Marcel Pinas. Pinas comes from the Ndyuka, a group of Surinamese Maroons, originally African people who were brought to Suriname by slave ships in the 17th century to work on the plantations. Central to his work is the culture from which he descends, the preservation of its destruction (Kibri a kulturu) and making a contribution to the future of Suriname and the Ndyuka in particular.

From 9 November, Marcel Pinas will start his residency period at HMK. From 7 December the result will be shown in the exhibition Tembe Afake at HMK.

HMK organizes the Afaka lecture in collaboration with Bibliotheek Hoorn on the occasion of the annual Culture Week in Hoorn.

Photo: Marcel Pinas, Kibi Wi Totem, 2007


Made possible with the help of: Mondriaan Fund, Gemeente Hoorn and Stichting Stokroos.