Debate in the run op to Venice

Save the date: Saturday 23 February, 15.00 – 22.00 hrs.

This spring sees the opening of the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale, where the Dutch Pavilion will offer a presentation with new work by Remy Jungerman and Iris Kensmil. Under the heading of The Measurement of Presence, their work is brought together by curator Benno Tempel (director of Gemeentemuseum Den Haag).

In the run-up to this presentation, the artists and the curator, together with The Black Archives, organize a debate on Saturday 23 February. During an extensive programme, a group of international artists, writers and curators will take different points of view, while aiming to shed light on the meaning of transnationalism for the artistic practice. They will talk about the diaspora and the paths of particular forms and motifs, the gaps in knowledge of history, black feminism, the meaning of the invisible and the role of the ritual in contemporary art. Moderator: Stephanie Afrifa

Programme debate:

15.00 Introduction Venice exhibition Remy Jungerman & Iris Kensmil
15.30 Paul Goodwin (director of TrAIN, London, professor at the University of the Arts, London, curator)
16.25 Mirjam Westen (senior curator of contemporary art at Museum Arnhem)
16.55 discussion
17.30 – 19.30 diner
19.30 Charl Landvreugd (visual artist, curator, writer)
20.00 Nancy Jouwe (lecturer of Visual Culture at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, researcher at Utrecht University)
20.30 Wayne Modest (head of Research Center of Material Culture, Leiden, professor of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
21.00 discussion
NB: Sonia Boyce (cancelled)

Language: English
Location: The Black Archives, Zeeburgerdijk 19b, Amsterdam

Saturday 23 February
15.00 – 22.00 hrs. (the venue is open from 14.30 hrs.)
Between 18.00 and 19.30 there is the possibility to have dinner.

Entrance fee: € 15 (dinner included)
Ticket can be ordered here

The Black Archives is a historical archive with various collections of books, documents and artefacts concerning the work and heritage of black writers, movements and thinkers. The library contains more than 5,000 works about themes such as race issues, (de)colonization, gender, and feminism. Based on the collection The Black Archives develops exhibitions, debates and other educational and artistic events and products.

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