Amsterdam Art Week 17–27 Juni 21 Amsterdam Art Week 17–27 Juni 21 Amsterdam Art Week 17–27 Juni 21

Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

For the past three years, Aimée Zito Lema has been delving into the archives of the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam’s oldest church, which is also an arts center. She was interested in the reinterpretation of history and the value of the building’s heritage; two moments of resistance stood out to her. One was the Iconoclasm, which took place here on 23 August 1566 in opposition to the power of the Roman Catholic Church, and the other was the more recent resistance to the controversial installation in 2018 of a red window in the Holy Sepulcher Chapel, which some believe is not compatible with the church’s importance as a monument.

These moments of resistance were characteristic of the change that followed, and the installation in the church reflects on this. It includes water basins with photos and building elements, poems being recited, and sculptures that include photos on paper. There are also two large textile works in the presbytery. All of these reflect on the way in which resistance and change work for individuals and society. What does opposition do to the course of our shared history, and how do we initiate change as a society?

Here Is Where We Meet

Aimée Zito Lema (AR, 1982), León Ferrari (AR 1920–2013)