'I chose 'The Future'  as a title for this work, as I feel strongly that we as a people, must take the positive side of our history in order to make a better future.
The symbols used in this piece are from the Afaka script which was used as a means of communication by the Nyuka in Eastern Surinam around 1910-1920.

Evidently the blackboard symbolises school learning, and my wish is to educate people in this art and knowledge of the Maroon people.
The black figures are suspended ten cms in front of the blackboard and represent how black people were transported from Africa all over the world as slaves, a conciousness that will follow us in everything we do.
I hope to explain with this work that there is still hope no matter what our ancestors went through and that we, for our part, must make the best of our future.'

Marcel Pinas