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  • Diamond without an r: Maria Barnas in Conversation with Rosemarie Buikema

    In conversation with Maria Barnas In 2011, Annet Gelink Gallery started a series called Conversation Pieces: video recordings of several artists in conversation with Dutch art historian and former director of the Stedelijk Museum Rudi Fuchs. Now, the series has been extended to artist talks between our artists and various inspiring sparring partners. On July 15th 2022, Rosemarie Buikema sat down with Maria Barnas at the Annet Gelink gallery in honour…

  • Oppositional Perspectives in the Provincial White Cube: Kara Walker’s archive on display at Museum de Pont in Tilburg

    IN CONVERSATION WITH PAUL VAN DE WATERLAAT A recent exhibition centered around the work from the New York-based black woman artist Kara Walker (1969) sent shockwaves through my hometown of Tilburg. Content warnings, trigger warnings, some said it was ‘unsuitable for children’, my friends called it ‘rough stuff’, and a local newspaper headline read ‘Brace Yourself’. The exhibition at the contemporary art museum De Pont was titled ‘A Black Hole…

  • Colonialist Relations, A Symptom of Social Ill-health

    Arahmaiani’s Memory of Nature and Flag Performance in conversation with The Golden Coach For the exhibition The Golden Coach at the Amsterdam Museum, the pioneering Indonesian artist Arahmaiani -amongst several other artists- was invited to respond to the colonial past represented on the carriage’s side panel ‘Tribute from the Colonies’ and to engage with the question ‘What to do with this colonial past of The Netherlands?’ posed by the exhibition’s…

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    The AfricaMuseum of Belgium: Toward a Radical Decolonial Approach to the Museum

    IN CONVERSATION WITH EL MEHDI AIT OUKHZAME This article attends to the question of decolonizing the museum by taking the AfricaMuseum[1] of Belgium as a case study to look into issues where the museum and art become a means of reparable justice in the post-colonial era. The article provides a critical appraisal of the ‘decolonial’ approach adopted by the administration of the AfricaMuseum, with a focus upon its five-year project…

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    What Comes Next: Reflections on Social Reproduction and the Art World

    IN CONVERSATION WITH GIORGIA CACCIATORE Last April, a group called NYC Art Workers started an online petition urging museums to retain their staff amid the current crisis. “[A] collection of objects alone”, they stated, “does not make a museum. Museums are made, maintained, and brought to life by workers”.[1] However precisely the workers that assure museums to perform their function, i.e. display artworks and receive audiences, are being the most…
  • UNADJUSTEDNOWRAW by BLACKMAU (2019) from the collection of New York Live Arts. Exhibited in Curating the End of the World online exhibition by New York Live Arts; Courtesy of the artist.

    Curating the End of the World: Afrofuturism and Black Speculative Art in Times of COVID-19

    IN CONVERSATION WITH FLORIEN KIJLSTRA Scrolling through the online exhibition Curating the End of the World – hosted by New York Live Arts and The Black Speculative Arts Movement[i], soundscapes and visual imageries blend into a submerging audio-visual digital sphere, slowly yet steadily drawing the viewer into a digital third space. [ii] Then, the music stops and a new image fills up my computer screen. UNADJUSTEDNOWRAW, a figure with a…

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    Unseen Unsightliness: The history of street organs and disabled veterans

    IN CONVERSATION WITH ELINE POLLAERT What preceded this research (March 2019) The sign itself was inconspicuous, merely one of the many text blocks printed among the map of Europe at the organ courtyard of Museum Speelklok.[1] I had just visited a temporary exhibition, showcasing musical robots, and now wandered about the permanent exhibition. It read:   WAR VETERANS IN THE STREET Empress Maria-Theresa of Austria (1717-1780) granted permits to play…

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    MOED Talks: Jamila Mascat

    In this video series, MOED invites guests to talk about their views on equality and difference through artworks they find inspiring, empowering, and that have stayed with them over time. What is the power of artistic practice and imagination in the struggle towards a more inclusive society? How does imagination, affect, emotion, and reason, in their mutual connections, contribute to a better understanding of equality, difference, and inclusion? Our fourth…

  • MOED Talks Kathrin Thiele

    MOED Talks: Kathrin Thiele

    In this video series, MOED invites guests to talk about their views on equality and difference through artworks they find inspiring, empowering, and that have stayed with them over time. What is the power of artistic practice and imagination in the struggle towards a more inclusive society? How does imagination, affect, emotion, and reason, in their mutual connections, contribute to a better understanding of equality, difference, and inclusion? Our third…

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    IN CONVERSATION WITH BELINDA VAN DER STOEP & CARLY EVERAERT The image Black Madonna represents black beauty and iconic women of color. Black Madonna also creates space for both safety and connection. ”The costume gives me confidence that I am not alone, and that I do not have to engage with the debate about my existence all by myself”, says Belinda van der Stoep. MOED interviewed the actress and costume…