Mixed Me­dia

Pasatiempo - - News - — Paul Wei­de­man

Stu­dents in Santa Fe are col­lab­o­rat­ing with their Mo­engo, Suri­name, coun­ter­parts on a mon­u­men­tal work that artist Mar­cel Pi­nas, a na­tive of the small Suri­name vil­lage of Pel­grimkon­dre, hopes will “make peo­ple be­come aware of their iden­ti­ties and where they fit in the world.” The piece, SITElab6: Mar­cel Pi­nas/Kukuu, amounts to a repli­ca­tion — though the ma­te­ri­als used are kept lo­cal — of a sim­i­larly ti­tled in­stal­la­tion Pi­nas is cre­at­ing with stu­dents in Mo­engo. For­merly an off-site part of SITE Santa Fe’s SITE­lines 2014: Un­set­tled Land­scapes se­ries, which of­fi­cially ended ear­lier this month, it is now in the mu­seum’s SITElab gallery, lo­cated in the lobby. “We have been work­ing with 750 chil­dren al­ready, and it is an on­go­ing project un­til the end of this year,” Pi­nas said. “This art piece will at­tract peo­ple from all over to see it in Mo­engo, and that will lead to eco­nom­i­cal em­pow­er­ment of the com­mu­nity.”

The in­ter­na­tion­ally known artist makes his works in or­der to call at­ten­tion to Suri­name’s mi­nor­ity group of Ma­roon peo­ples — the de­scen­dants of es­caped African slaves — and to cre­ate plat­forms for the con­tin­ued preser­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment of that cul­ture. Kukuu, which was in­spired by a piece of tra­di­tional Ma­roon fur­ni­ture used to store spoons, plates, tea ket­tles, and other kitchen sup­plies, em­ploys made, found, and bought ma­te­ri­als that are rel­e­vant to the Santa Fe com­mu­nity but that also ref­er­ence global trade routes.

The ex­hi­bi­tion at SITE (1606 Paseo de Per­alta) re­flects col­lab­o­ra­tion from many ed­u­ca­tional part­ners, in­clud­ing Santa Fe Univer­sity of Art and De­sign; Wood Gorm­ley El­e­men­tary School; Cap­i­tal High School; New Mex­ico School for the Arts; SFPS’ Ade­lante Pro­gram, which helps home­less stu­dents and their fam­i­lies; SFPS’ Tran­si­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram, which as­sists stu­dents serv­ing long-term school sus­pen­sions; and Santa Fe County’s Youth De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram.

The 5:30 p.m. open­ing re­cep­tion takes place on Fri­day, Jan. 23; the ex­hibit is up through Feb. 15. En­trance is by mu­seum ad­mis­sion (no charge on Fri­days). Call 505-989-1199 for in­for­ma­tion.

SITElab6: Mar­cel Pi­nas/Kukuu, 2014, mixed me­dia; cour­tesy of the artist

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