One bridal couple is shown stylishly dressed with great pomp and circumstance in some pictures, but there are also photographs of simply dressed wedding couples. Wedding portraits 1868-1950, lobi fu têgo is a photo exhibition presented at the head office and all the seven branches of De Surinaamsche Bank (DSB Bank), from 16 September until the end of November of this year. The complete collection counts seventy to eighty pictures, out of which selections have been made. Each branch thus has different photos while the number of them depends on the available space. Lucia Nankoe is the curator; last year she was successful with an exhibition in the Public Library of Amsterdam (OBA). It took her five and a half years to collect the photos.
Every picture tells a story. Besides the fact that the couple is immortalized, the photo also paints a picture of life in those days. It is noteworthy that the colonial character of that time also had an influence on bridal fashion; most couples are dressed according to European fashion and not according to the dress code of their country of origin. As regards the latter, the veil had to be included. Visitor will notice that these are mainly photo studio pictures. If it is a picture taken outside, chances are it was taken by a traveling photographer. Quite normal in those days; nowadays people reach for their mobile phone.
Nankoe points out that not all of the wedding pictures were taken on Surinamese soil. In such cases it concerns Surinamese people who were stationed abroad and met a woman elsewhere. This also includes people who went to the Netherlands to study and married a Dutch woman. Although not noticeable in the pictures, not all marriages went smoothly. For instance: no in-laws present on the big day. The reason for this is that not all population groups were willing to place their forebears in the public eye. The Chinese were a willing group, though. Until 1950, with them it involved mostly mixed marriages.
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The Lobi Fu Têgo exhibition can be viewed in all DSB offices (except Moengo) from 16 September until 26 November 2019*.
* At the DSB head office from 12 September and at DSB Nickerie from 22 September 2019.
Head office, Kwatta, Nieuwe Haven, Kasabaholo: Monday thru Friday 07:30-14:00 hrs
Ma Retraite: Monday thru Friday 07:30-19:30 hrs, Saturday 08:00-12:00 hrs
Hermitage Mall: Monday thru Friday 07:30-19:30 hrs, Saturday 10:00-14:00 hrs
Lelydorp: Monday thru Friday 09:30-16:00 hrs
Nickerie: Monday thru Friday 07:30-12:00 hrs, Saturday 09:00-12:00 hrs
Thanks to all the descendants for the beautiful stories and photos. Lucia Nankoe came up with this concept and is the curator.
Check www.dsb.sr for more information.
Text: Charles Chang, September 2019
Translation: Roline Brahim-Tjen A Kwoei/Equivalence Translations
Photos: Courtesy Trouwportretten – Surinaamse Voorouders in Beeld 1868-1950