Marjet Zwaans (1988) is a visual artist currently based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She works from contagious enthusiasm and complementary forces, reflecting on ideas from Ecological Economics and transforming them into spatial installations and social gatherings. Zwaans graduated from the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen and the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her work has been exhibited in art spaces such as Nieuw Dakota Amsterdam, Art Rotterdam and at Documenta14 Kassel, Germany and the Moengo Triennial, Suriname. Marjet was a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academy in 2019-2020. Within her artistic practice, Marjet is also active in two artist collectives: CUPP collective (founded in 2020 together with artist Razia Barsatie) and Totomboti.
Artist collective Totomboti is known for its massive wood carvings, which are inspired by the obia and other natural phenomena. In doing so, they continue the tradition of their African ancestors who fled slavery in the coastal regions to settle in the deep interior since the 17th century. The Saamaka Museum was founded by the men of Totomboti. The collective has its roots in the Rastafari movement of the early 1980s. The Rastas propagate an attitude to life that aims to preserve nature and the Saramakan cultural heritage. Totomboti is based in Pikin Slee Suriname and includes Toya Saakie, Mando Doekoe, Etyo Doekoe, Wilko Doekoe, Abentini Doekoe.
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