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Documentary Photography and Video

The Night Holds Me Back / Nochi No Ke Laga Mi Bai

2010 - 2012

“The more you hold me back, the more I will shine” (tambú 'Pichi Lebeton').
Tambú is a mixture of singing, sensual dancing and music brought in centuries ago by the slaves from Africa to the island of Curaçao. Tambú has a history of repression since it was banned in the past by the Dutch colonial government and the Catholic church. This generated a sense of shame in the people of their own culture and identity. Freed from the past, the present tambú has become an essential part of Curaçao’s heritage. 52 min.