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Thursday March 14 | Session 17:15 - 18:15 (20 min)
De Brakke Grond | Grote Zaal


Quinsy Gario (Curaçao/St. Maarten/the Netherlands), is a graduate of the Master Artistic Research from the Royal Academy of Art The Hague and has a background in media studies and gender and postcolonial studies. His work focuses on decolonial remembering and disruption. His most well known work ‘Zwarte Piet Is Racisme’ critiqued the general knowledge surrounding the racist Dutch practice of Black Pete.
He won the Royal Academy Master Thesis Prize 2017, the Black Excellence Award 2016, the Amsterdam Fringe Festival Silver Award 2015, the Dutch Caribbean Pearls Community Pearl Award 2014 and the Hollandse Nieuwe 12 Theatermakers Prize 2011. He is a member of the pan-African artist collective State of L3, a 2017/2018 BAK fellow and Humanity In Action Senior Fellow.
On May 30th 1969 the employees of a Shell subcontractor, Wescar, on the island of Curaçao organized a strike. The highly skilled and educated black employees of Wescar were doing the same work as their white Dutch expat counterparts, but were paid one third of the wages. As the strike grew larger that morning it was no longer about a labour dispute but about respect and dignity as some of the works would shout. It became an uprising where police took the lives of two men and one of the leaders of the strike was shot. Among other things catholic church archives were set ablaze and the Dutch military were called in to quash the rebellion. Glenda Martinus' late older brother Rogilio , like many that day, came home that day with a crate of a whiskey.

In the lecture performance Glenda Martinus and her son Quinsy Gario will dive into this historical event on its fiftieth anniversary. Through storytelling, performance poetry and mock up of the route that they marches walked Martinus and Gario present an investigation into labour disruption, anti-colonial sentiment in the Caribbean and environmental activism.

Glenda Martinus (Curaçao), is a graduate of Alida de Jongschool. She has a background in information technology and women's labour rights in the Caribbean. She is poet, singer, potter, glass sculptor, painter and new media artist. She ran a pottery workshop on Curaçao in the 1980's and in the 1970's travelled the caribbean for Caribbean union network. In her work she tackles themes that run from women empowerment to nature appreciation and historical remembering. The past decade she has among other things subversively used Microsoft Word to draw images and present stories beyond words. In 2010 she won the innovation award for her work at the Chianciano Art Biennale. Her work has been shown in St. Maarten, Curaçao, The Netherlands, Denmark and Great Britain.
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