Additional Programming: Exhibitions, workshops and a Curatorial Talk

With the conference coming up in less than two weeks, we are not only  looking forward to the conference itself, but are also really excited about our additional programming planned around and during the conference. This programming includes exhibitions, workshops and a lecture, and promise to make the Art & Activism conference into an even more amazing and inspiring experience!

  • Curatorial Talk on Carlos Motta’s “The Crossing” by Senior Curator Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen (Dec. 13, 10:15-11:15, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam).
    For an impression of what this talk promises to be, visit the Stedelijk Museum website. Would you like to attend? Sign up by sending an email to artandactivismcon[at] and for administration purposes, let us know whether you are in possession of (and will be bringing) a so-called “museumjaarkaart.” This event is free of charge.
  • A Death Café “Exchanging thoughts on dying, perishing and uneven distribution of life chances” with Eliza Chandler, Esther Ignagni, Kim Collins (Dec. 13. 20:00 – 22.00, Leidse Lente Café, Leiden).
    Death Cafes are salon-style conversations about death, conversations often muted in secular, western/ized cultures. These loosely structured conversations are typically guided by questions aimed to animate personal, collective, cultural, political, and/or spiritual exchanges discussions about death. This Death Cafe hopes to put disability studies in interdisciplinary and intersectional dialogue by exploring the question: what do cultural understandings of death teach us about how non-normative bodies are calibrated as both vital and uninhabitable?
    Signing up is not necessary, however space is limited to the first 30 participants in the door. Tea, coffee and sweets will be provided.
  • Workshop “Muholi on Visual Activism: Artistic Collaborations and Political Participation” with Zanele Muhole and Lindiwe Dhlamini Thursday (Dec 14 11:45-12:45, Paviljoenzaal at conference location)
    In this one-hour workshop, Muholi will show images and discuss her perspective on visual activism, a term she coined in the late 1990s-early 2000s to describe her practice of documentary photography of black lesbians in South African townships. For this event, Muholi will present with the researcher Lindiwe Dhlamini who volunteers with the Inkanyiso media collective. Since 2006, this collective of ever growing LGBTI contributors focuses on visual arts and media advocacy, and believes Queer Activism = Queer Media. NICA (Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis) sponsors this workshop.
    For more information, visit their website. Space is limited to 70 participants.
  • Exhibition: Strijd ∞ 
    The Strijd ∞ exhibition gives a visual overview  of the Maagdenhuis’ (University of Amsterdam) history of protests, other student and staff protests, and the now proliferating Strijd ∞ exhibition itself. Similar gestures can be observed in various times and locations. As an art-historical initiative, Strijd ∞ thus shows its rootedness in Warburgian thinking, combined with contemporary solidarity.
    The exhibition will be shown during the conference at the conference location. For more information about the exhibition, see their website.
  • Exhibition: Dinner with Friends
    The exhibition was conceived with a belief that if women of the two countries join forces, a change can be made and a better future can be achieved. Women can help each other in finding creative solutions to their distress and agony and can empower each other and break the barriers that prevent them from achieving their full potential. The project’s centerpiece is a Dining Room Table with plates, cups, cutlery and tablecloth, which symbolize nourishment and connection.
    This is a traveling artistic co-operation between Azadeh Pirazimian from Iran and Shirley Siegal from Israel. This art project is a call for Women Empowerment in both societies and for solving conflicts using peaceful dinner conversations. Siegal’s paintings on ceramic plates are portraits of today’s women in the Middle East. Pirazimian’s images and calligraphy on tablecloths and tableware allude to the traditional crafts of Iran and Middle Eastern societies.

    Dinner With Friends – Azadeh Pirazimian & Shirley Siegal

    The exhibition will be shown during the conference at the conference location. For more information about the exhibition, visit this page.


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