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Warwarú ImageNation
Statut : Fondation


La Fondation Warwarú ImageNation est spécialisée dans le travail sur l’héritage colonial et la décolonisation.
Elle a été fondée par Angela E. Roe.

La signification de « Warwarú »
En Papiamentu, la langue de Curaçao, Warwarú signifie tourbillon ou tornade. Le symbole de la tornade est utilisé dans un sens positif : une tornade balaie les anciennes structures et apporte un vent frais (de changement).


The Warwarú ImageNation Foundation focuses on colonial heritage and decolonization.

Our aim is to enhance nation building and social integration through examining and engaging with the aftereffects of the colonial era in our post-colonial societies.

We often praise and enthusiastically retell certain parts of our colonial histories, while other parts, the painful and shameful ones, are silenced. But when we watch the positive and the negative parts with equal care and candor we can create ways to remedy ‘colonial trauma.’ Then we can truly celebrate who we are as the products of our histories.

1. Generate constructive awareness of both painful and positive aspects of our colonial heritage;
2. Develop constructive solutions to painful parts of our colonial heritage in today’s society;
3. Strengthen and enhance positive elements of our colonial heritage in today’s society.

1. Anthropological research and consultancy;
2. Artistic projects: film, writing, music, dance, theatre;
3. Education: workshops, lectures, debates, educational materials, documentaries;
4. Organizing events and campaigns.

The foundation combines academic research with arts, the media and cultural events. Through these means the Warwarú ImageNation Foundation makes information available in ways that are easily accessible, enjoyable and comprehensible by all. Also the foundation interactively engages with local communities in data collection and knowledge production.

For whom
The foundation primarily focuses on the Caribbean, and on Curaçao in particular. However, it draws from and reaches out to the post-colonial world at large. Therefore we are always interested in knowledge and projects from across Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. We believe that it is important that we move towards thinking in terms of WE, and that we begin to erase the colonial divide between US vs THEM, both within as between nations. Because we all inhabit this one world, and thus we must progress together. A project done in Zimbabwe or Germany might hold a key for a project done in Brazil or Aruba, and vice versa.

Our services pertain to people of all ages, genders, religions and sexual orientations, people of all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds; our WE includes everyone.

What does « Warwarú » mean?
In Papiamentu, the language of Curaçao, Warwarú means whirlwind or tornado. We use the symbol of tornado in a positive sense. A tornado tears down old structures and blows fresh winds of change. With the Warwarú ImageNation Foundation we want to do exactly that; deconstruct the old ideas that no longer serve us, and build new belief systems using new elements, as well as the good ideas that ruled in the past.

Sometimes change happens gradually, and sometimes it comes suddenly, explosively, blowing us off our socks. But whichever presents itself, we work towards positive change, which is why in our logo we merge the whirlwind with the old Adinkra symbol from Ghana, the sankofa. The sankofa symbol signifies that it is important to honor our past and incorporate it into where we are going. In fact, we cannot progress unless we know and acknowledge our roots; the important events, traditions, wisdoms, but especially also the things that we forgot or lost, or that were taken from us. The logo is thus a tornado, a sankofa, and a heart, because we acknowledge the strength of love, rather than subscribing to fear or hatred.


De Warwarú ImageNation Foundation specialiseert in het werken met koloniale erfenis en dekolonisatie. Sombra di Koló – The Shadow Of Color – De Schaduw van Kleur is een interactief documentaire project over rassenverhoudingen op Curaçao. Verspreid over vijf wijken vertellen dertig Curaçaoënaars van alle leeftijden en achtergronden over wat « ras » en « huidskleur » voor hen betekenen vandaag de dag.