In February, the Amsterdam Museum will purchase Ken Doorson's Manumission Pauline through Galerie 23 Contemporary African Art.
For the painter Doorson, who works in Paramaribo, his origin – as a descendant of ancestors who were enslaved – is an important theme. The painting is one of a series of paintings that all have manumission letters as their point of departure. Manumission letters are proof that an enslaved person has been ransomed. Read the blog of the Amsterdam Museum about the background of the Manumission artworks. Also read the interview with Ellen Neslo.