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Decolonizing the globalized Dutch Art Institution

Project Spaces W139

Warmoesstraat 139
1012 JB Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 6229434

Open Mon - Sun / 12-18 hrs

Conversation 16 Nov

Time 16 Nov, 19:30 hrs


In the Netherlands, the politics of knowledge production has been crucial to recent developments in the art landscape. During this event, a conversation about the implications of transforming contemporary art institutions will take place by asking the following questions: How have globalised Dutch art institutions positioned decolonial curatorial concerns and art practice? What happens when artists, theorists and curators of colour are invited to these platforms and use these spaces to present their ideas and work? Furthermore, how does this praxis coincide with the desire for a re-examination of organisational functions and forms, curatorial concerns and art practices? And finally, what does a decolonial art institution look like?

Organised and moderated by Katayoun Arian. Speakers to be announced.

Katayoun Arian (Tehran, 1984) is a researcher, curator and writer with a background in art history (Leiden University) and a Masters degree in social science/anthropology of organisations (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam). Her projects range from exhibitions, discursive events and screenings to reading circles and other forms of interdisciplinary and collaborative work. Recent curatorial projects include Grada Kilomba: Illusions at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2017), I Speak in Tongues at 37PK, Haarlem (2017) and Voices Outside the Echo Chamber: Questioning Myths, Facts and Framings of Migration, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (2016). Previous projects include Kitchen139, a ten-day collective project as part of The Grand Domestic Revolution – User’s Manual (GDR) at W139, Amsterdam, a long-term research project by Casco, Utrecht (2011) and The End of This Story (And the beginning of all Others), Framer Framed, Amsterdam (2015).

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