Jessy Theo Rahman (1961 -
borrows his artist statement from an old Surinamese song: “oesi bari wo wo jo wo wo jo, a no bari wo wo jo wo wo jo” which, freely translated means “he bush is crying out in excitement, and indeed it is no ordinary sound.”
Born in the former Dutch colony, Rahman sees himself as a product of his mixed heritage formed by customs and manners of the plantation owners, slaves and contract workers who came from different parts of the world to Suriname.
Most of his playful interactions with audience, ranging from adults and children to animals and plant life, are based in this rich cultural background.
Rahman has extensive organizational experience with artists groups and international exchange projects. He is co-
His experience abroad includes working periods in Suriname (1994, 1999 and 2008), India (1997), Brazil (2013) and USA (2014). Since 2004 he is member and co-
Together with Quartair members, he participated in the ‘Nine Dragon Heads’ project “ump into the Unknown” a collateral event during the 56th Venice Biennale (2015)