Ketens en banden/Shackles and bonds: Suriname and the Netherlands from 1600

Feestelijke en inhoudelijke presentatie van het laatste boek uit de Koloniale Landen reeks van het Rijksmuseum.

Johan Fretz
Johan Fretz
Karin Amatmoekrim
Karin Amatmoekrim
Antoine de Kom
Antoine de Kom
Eveline Sint Nicolaas
Eveline Sint Nicolaas
Ketens en banden

‘Ketens en banden vertelt over de gedeelde geschiedenis van Suriname en Nederland aan de hand van voorwerpen uit de collectie van het Rijksmuseum: gezichten op suiker- en koffieplantages en luxe glazen om op de voorspoed van het bezit hiervan te drinken.’…

‘De vaak persoonlijke verhalen achter de voorwerpen gaan ook over de Surinamers die in de loop der eeuwen naar Nederland kwamen. Wie waren zij en wat bracht hen hier?

Ketens en banden is een boek over verovering en geweld, onderdrukking en menselijkheid, veerkracht en verbondenheid.’

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Sprekers: Martine Gosselink, Eveline Sint Nicolaas, Johan Fretz, Karin Amatmoekrim, Antoine de Kom, Taco Dibbits.


Shackles and bonds

Festive and substantive presentation of the last book from the ‘Colonial history series’ of the Rijksmuseum.

Taco Dibbits
Taco Dibbits
Martine Gosselink
Martine Gosselink

From the website:

‘Shackles and Bonds uses objects from the Rijksmuseum collection to tell the shared history of Suriname and the Netherlands. Viewing these paintings, drawings, artefacts and photographs from multiple perspectives allows us to tell a diversity of stories.

A glass used to raise a toast to a plantation is inscribed with the words ‘The prosperity of Siparipabo’, but it also features an engraved scene of enslaved people – a juxtaposition which today leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. This glass can be used as a vehicle to tell the story of the appalling conditions in which enslaved workers lived on the sugar plantations.’…

‘In the often personal stories behind the objects in this book, we also learn about the Surinamese people who visited the Netherlands over the centuries. Who were they, and why did they make the journey?

Suriname was declared a republic in 1975, and with this the formal ties between the two nations were broken. This is the moment chosen to conclude the book, in the knowledge that the shared history of Suriname and the Netherlands persists to this day.’

Eveline Sint Nicolaas is a curator of History at the Rijksmuseum. Her areas of interest include historical relations with Suriname, Brazil and the Caribbean region


About me

In 2008 I was guest curator of the exhibition Black is beautiful. Rubens to Dumas. Important advisors: Elizabeth McGrath (Rubens and colleagues, Warburg institute Image of the Black in Western Art collection), Carl Haarnack (slavery in books), Elmer Kolfin (slavery in prints and paintings) en Adi Martis (contemporary art). Gary Schwartz made his research for The Image of the Black in Western Art available to me.

Black beautiful Rubens to Dumas cover
Black beautiful Rubens to Dumas cover

In 2014 my essay ‘Painted Blacks and Radical Imagery in the Netherlands (1900-1940)’ was published in The Image of the Black in Western Art Volume V (I). (ed. David Bindman, Henry Louis Gates jr.)

In 2017 I published a book about the black servants at the Court of the Royal Van Oranje family. More than a thousand documents have been found about their lives. (only in Dutch)

Cupido en Sideron Cover 30-8-2017

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