On May 12th was the opening party for Kurashi x Daan Koens at the OBEY Art Space in Amsterdam. It was a great evening full of art, culture and music.
Kurashi started as a clothing brand inspired by artists such as Shepard Fairey and Parra, and has expanded into a collective exploring various mediums for art and self-expression. Kurashi’s most recent collaboration is with Daan Koens, a self-taught Rotterdam-based artist who is already becoming a well-established name in the new generation of Dutch/Caribbean artists. Koens draws inspiration from the tropical landscapes of his childhood home in Curaçao. Over time, he has cultivated a unique style ranging from realistic self-portraits to cubist impressions.
Music and the exploration of sound is one of the integral parts of the Kurashi Collective. The musical chapter, Kurashi Soundsystem, was born during their very first event. Their selectors travel through a broad spectrum of sounds, ranging from Bubbling, Baile Funk, Jungle, Dembow, Reggae, to Hip-Hop.
Kurashi translates to courage in Papiamentu, the language of the ABC-islands. For the Kurashi Collective the word is about being courageous and outspoken about one’s identity.
Pictures by Lex van der Molen
Video by Amaar Landbrug