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Research: The Unquiet Land

‘The Unquiet Land’ examines the legacy of Dutch colonialism in Suriname via the landscape as a living archive. Landscape figures prominently in Caribbean postcolonial literature. It was through the landscape that such thinkers as Edouard Glissant and Frantz Fanon expressed the reclamation of identity and place in the region that gave birth to modern capitalism and globalisation. The landscape offers the opportunity to persue a neutral discourse through which we can develop a botanical biography of Suriname, exposing a global narrative of displacement and environmental degradation. Applying literary techniques inspired by Caribbean writers, we will publish several essays exploring the themes which shape the Surinamese landscape. These essays will guide and inform the design of an evolving garden, which will be the embodiment of the living archive, revealing to us how the past is still thriving within the present.

Daphne Bakker was born to multi-ethnic parents in Paramaribo, Suriname. A former editor of Bnieuws, she is currently enrolled in the Master programme for Landscape Architecture at Delft University of Technology. Sara Frikech was born and raised in the Netherlands to immigrant parents from Morocco. She graduated in architecture from Delft University of Technology. She exhibited at the 2016 edition of the Marrakech Biennale and is currently working on projects dealing with issues concerning diasporic consciousness.

Events

The Decolonial Gaze

A quest for a more varied perspective of the shared heritage from Indonesia, Suriname and the Netherlands, combining material from the State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning and research into the Surinamese landscape.

 

The Unquiet Land: Landscapes of Violence, Longing, and Pleasure
Garden Broadcast

Episode five of the Garden Broadcast series focuses on the landscape of Suriname as an archive of spatial and architectural colonial heritage.

Marina Otero Verzier
Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Katia Truijen, Marten Kuijpers, Anastasia Kubrak
k.truijen@hetnieuweinstituut.nl
Alex Walker