The untangled tales

Once upon a time, long ago… Tales were told that everyone could hear, but not everyone could understand. Numerous stories tell about the mythical spider Anansi who had to deal with a tiger who tried to make his life miserable. Although the spider was physically weaker, it was often able to defeat the tiger with its cleverness and cunning. Is it really just a myth? These stories, passed down from Africa to Suriname, and from generation to generation, enabled slaves to share their thoughts without the slaveholder knowing what was actually meant.

In a similar way, the Angisa’s worn by women were not only beautiful headkerchiefs: their intricate folds contained hidden stories and wisdoms that could only be read by those who had learned to.

Through memories and imagination, ‘The untangled tales’ visualises the stories of the Anansi storytellers and the Angisa-folders, and the ways in which these traditions allow us to glimpse at the years of slavery.

First edition: 100 pieces
Photography: Michelle Piergoelam
Graphic design: Sybren Kuiper
Printing: Peterprint
Printing cover + Binding: Jubels
Text: Wijnand Stomp & Jane Stjeward-Schubert
Text translation: Ellen Verhoog, David Verhoog, Sanne Verhoog.
Size: 30,5 x 22,5 cm
Language: English
Year: 2020
*Shortlisted for Kassel Dummy Award 2020
price : 30,-

 

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