Times are a changing. www.tentrotterdam.nl/thuis-bij-tent
Times are a changing. www.tentrotterdam.nl/thuis-bij-tent
2k18. You’ve been a Heart opening Tear jerking Laughter filled Truthbombed year.
I’m so damn close I can taste it.
it aint all about the sparkly, kumbaya shit. Real Self love can be dirty, overwhelming & confronting. Being compassionately honest with yourself is a skill. Knowing your privileges, how you use them, how you embody them. Past the shame, with the focus on how you can use these components to do better in the world. Because you’ll be a better person for you. & this radical self honestly and love will spill over into the world. #happyfriday
2,5 more weeks until...🏝❤️ ——————————-But first great things like: 13th of december: I will be speaking in Amsterdam at Salon de Museologie🙆🏽♀️ ——————————14th of december: THUIS bij TENT (free entrance) opening with @vernonchatlein (& I)❤️ ——————-16th of december: my first co-facilitated Bars Class with @linekemourits (if you want your world rocked, come and join us & send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org)💆🏽♀️ ————————21st of December: @derek.otte is THUIS bij TENT (free entrance)✨——————————————- 28th of December: @olavetalks is THUIS bij TENT (free entrance) 🔥 2018 you were and still are a great year. So much pain and grief together with beauty, joy and fulfillment. 🙏🏾 ———————————————-Funny how I’m writing this from my couch and it’s like -1 Celsius with a stuffy nose... #perspective
The #soft (hearted) often get overlooked in a world where screaming and pushing is the norm. We have this misconception of silence and vulnerability thereof. Often attributes of ‘only’ religious, spiritual, creative people or children. But it is not. These two attributes help everyone who is willing to grow, to see, to own up to their shit. Are you willing to look into the mirror? By doing that you might just find who you’ve always been. #choice #choose #downtherabbithole #growth #ancestralhealing #health #heal #universal #knowledge 📸: @ines.thomsen
No caption needed. I stood, I talked & I shook. I talked about personal #responsibility in processing our #Collective #Colonial Past. These conversations are not comfortable, but nothing changes in ‘comfort’. Also a big thanks to my colleagues of @counter_narratives ❤️ & The team in Tilburg.
“The lines on my face show the places I’ve been. It shows the ones before me, it shows me. The way my hair falls has been shaped by the seasons and the reasons before me. It shows me. It’s just the right amount of curl, it’s just the right amount of swirls. It’s just the right amount of me. I’ve been learning that nothing and nobody can put me in the box that has been created. Not even me. No matter how hard I try. The dreams underneath have been boiling for a while now. Just waiting to be manifested. It’s been heavy carrying them on my shoulders. So I decided to plant them in the soil of my own love. The first crops are visible. It’s just the right amount of time, it’s just the right amount of me...’ 🙏🏾 Mamanan atami ki.
Who am I? A question I’ve always asked myself. Because of my work I keep diving deeper into this subject on different levels. The cultural/heritage aspect being one of them. The name(s) I carry are also part of the answer to this question. So there it is, the (colonial) root of my last name. So simple, shown about in a very simple manner. I know that this name has been handed down from a Black woman, an enslaved woman onto the generations after that. On to me. It is not to be underestimated how much affect this period has had on the ones before me and thus me. Other than that I am a child of Love. I am also a child of the (#african ) #diaspora , a child of the #colonial era, a child of #oppression . These traces in my lineage are very much real in my near history. That is why it’s important to make room for these things. That which has been put away, will come out at some point. It’s all a process. #africandiaspora #diaspora #knowyourhistory #growing #learning #shininglight #ancestry #surinam #plantages #1partofmystory
#Aruba meets #Korsow in #Rotterdam . Not so long ago I met @vernonchatlein and he inspired me by the way he was connecting with his instruments. By then I knew that I wanted him to join my programme at THUIS bij TENT at @tentrotterdam. There’s a beauty to people who become themselves even more when they do something that they are meant to do. Like Vernon with Music. Him and I will open the evening together on the 14th of december. Doors open at 18:30, we begin at 19h till 20h. From 20h to 20:30 there’s a chance to hang out. Mamanan atami ki!🙏🏾 #papiamento #backtotheroots #thevoyageofidentity #childrenofthediaspora #spaces #aruba #korsow #rotterdam
Monday Morning Meetings. My week is off to a good start. The day started with a meeting on ‘New Perspectives’ that I’m doing with @directoruriel; @ashrafbessy & @boijmans. Afterwards I had a meeting with @stefanie.vermeiren & @adi.montenegro. New connections and magic was created. ✨ The rest of the day is for #Access work & prepping for work related to @counter_narratives. Btw, on the 14th of december my programme ‘THUIS bij TENT’ will begin at @tentrotterdam. The evening will begin with @vernonchatlein. Where we will open the programme with a co-creation. #creations #kreashonkonstante #newweek #newperspectives #creatingnewrealities #cocreations
My work connects me with the most beautiful people, like @janice.deul We talked about the fashion industry(her expertise), her as a fashion activist, colorism, the effect of having a white norm and what the effect of that can be on people who do not fit into that norm. We also talked about life. Woman to woman. The most beautiful things happen when people who are willing to change things, come together.😍 Her perspective will be shared on @counter_narratives ‘s platform 🙋🏽♀️ #keepyouupdated #counternarratives #changemakers #newperspectives
Seven years. It’s been Seven years since I moved to #Rotterdam . I was going to study Media and Culture History at the Erasmus. I had one suitcase with me to build a life from. I was here for a month and a half before I started uni. In the meantime I had to be in the process of letting go of my old life, building a new one, leaving a big part of my family behind.... and getting used to the cold here. #islandgyalproblems The Culture shock was strong and a lot of people did not understand where I was coming from. Literally and figuratively. Through the years I Made some friends and I let go of a few as well. Some became family. Like @the_lady_merel who took the pictures. ••••••••••••• Seven years. In these seven years I got my heart broken, I grew professionally, I grew as a Woman. They have taught me that I can find my way in a #patriarchal system by surrounding myself with strong women (ya’ll know who you are) & also men. I am the first one in my mom’s family to ever get a degree from uni. With me this internalized Colonial opression line stops. This one’s for me, this one’s for you, this one’s for my family. PS: Seven years - I stood at counter Number Seven today(second picture) Let that sink in. #nieuweperspectieven #luckynumberseven #mommaididit #ancestralwork #thisisjustthebeginning #nextsteps #newchapter
The faces I make when I think back to all of the times that people told me I couldn’t do something. That I wasn’t good enough. That I should stop with what I was doing. //And these were mostly middle aged white men — #partriarchysaywhat #boybye Tomorrow I will be picking up my diploma at University. 👏🏽 This one’s for all of ya’ll who never believed in me and this is also for all of the people who did(thank you!). A big thanks to my momma. Either way Imma keep growing and expressing my mind, body and soul. #shinebrightlikeadiamond Taking my space as a WOC (& owning that shit), doing my #ancestral work, being a part of @counter_narratives, being a programme maker at @tentrotterdam & creating concepts that break old barriers for institutions. #theygottadotheworktho I may be a quiet one at times, but believe me.. my soul is here to transform the old. It speaks volumes when it needs to. impromptu pictures by @khalid.amakran
What do you sea(l) on my jacket? This is too funny. Not too long ago I found out that I’ve been walking around with a jacket with huge #seals on it. I had to laugh at myself, because I hadn’t noticed it before. Sometimes I crack myself up. This is such a #nerdy jacket. Suits me. Love it. 📸: @annelieke.elia