Mindful Circulations

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A Visit of the Haji Widayat Museum in Central Java

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Premiere: Stones Have Laws

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The Mindful Intervention

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The Production and Circulation of Indonesian Modern Art

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Fighting Colonial Claims to Power

Agus Djaya and Otto Djaya in Amsterdam 1947-1950

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The Djaya Brothers: Revolusi in the Stedelijk

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The Exhibition as Indonesian Revolutionary Weapon

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‘The Politics and Poetics of Landscapes’ Interview with Remco Torenbosch

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Artists’ Film Screening

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Meeting Oei Hong Djien in Magelang

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The Mindful

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Yin-Ju Chen – Arcane Analyses

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Yin-Ju Chen researches the forces behind what we desire and looks for answers in astrology, science, pseudoscience, mythology and philosophy. Read more..

VRIZA

In August 2016, I joined VRIZA in as a producer. VRIZA is an organization for unconventional and experimental moving image productions. We collaborate with artists on the development, production, and distribution of new moving image works.

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Pallavi Paul – Screen Studies

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The heat was almost paralyzing on the day I first met Pallavi Paul in the gardens of the Crafts Museum in New Delhi, about two years ago. Seemingly unaffected, she was full of energy and immediately delved into film theory, history and space travel—all passions that inform her video-art practice. Read more..

Het ruangrupa netwerk – Voor een sociaal, activerend en begripsvol Sonsbeek

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Enkele maanden geleden fietste Jan Willem Westendorp door Arnhem tot hij plotseling een oproep zag die hem aansprak: ‘From competition to compassion’. Read more..

A New Big Museum of Modern Art

Recently the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reopened after a period of renovation and expansion lasting about three years, adding almost three times as much exhibition space to its former building and making it one of the biggest museums for modern art in the USA.

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After Party in Shanghai

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‘Do you go out a lot?’ This is one of the banal but frequently asked questions that people in their late-20s or 30s pose when we casually meet each other for the first time. Read more..

Amol Kisan Patil – About Sweep Walking

The work Amol K Patil contributed to the Kamarado exhibition finds its basis in his long-term research project about Indian middle class life. Like most of the middle class people in India, Patil grew up in a chawl; the 4-5 story houses that were built in Mumbai to host workers in the 1900s.
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Kamarado

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Kamarado, a curatorial collaboration between Amsterdam and Bombay, brings together a diverse group of artists from various regions of the world. The conceptual core around which all these individual voices and artistic practices revolve is the idea of the comrade, a term that originally meant “one who shares the same room.”

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Tromarama

The members of Tromarama are among the generation of artists who first hand experienced the impact of the digital revolution in Indonesia during the early 2000s. The internet has not only shaped the way they think, but also how they work.

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Prospect.3 – Notes for Now

‘Anything could happen here because – Because nothing’s happening here right now?’ reads the text on one of Lisa Sigal’s archival digital prints from the series Home Court Crawl (2014). The phrase, transposed over an image of a vacant house, captures the New Orleans spirit pretty well. Read more..

Road Trip to Crow’s Shadow

It was rainy and cold the morning I went on my four-hour drive from Boise, the capital of Idaho, to the printmaking institute Crow’s Shadow on the Umatilla Reservation in Oregon. Clouds hung over the tops of the Blue Mountains and raindrops covered my windscreen with a sheet of Pacific Northwest rain. The radio was playing Mac Demarco’s Salad Days and the wipers weren’t doing their job well.  Read more..

April 2014 in India

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At the beginning of April, 2014, I went on a three-week research trip to India. On the first part of the journey, I travelled with Jelle Bouwhuis to New Delhi, Baroda and Bombay. On the second part, I went to Bengaluru, Kolkata and again to Delhi. Read more..

Transfigurations – Curatorial and Artistic Research in an Age of Migrations

In 2014, I was Quinsy Gario’s curator for his contribution to ‘Transfigurations – Curatorial and Artistic Research in an Age of Migrations’, the exhibition in MACBA. The figure of Zwarte Piet visits the Netherlands every year in November, and has done since time immemorial—at least in the public imagination. In summer 2011, the artist Quinsy […]

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Project 1975 – Contemporary Art and the Postcolonial Unconscious

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Project 1975 started as a two-year program of Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. The project was set on exploring the relationship between contemporary art and postcoloniality, which gains more and more relevance to artists and thinkers in a context of a globalizing art world. Read more..

Made in Commons

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Made in Commons is a collaborative project of KUNCI Cultural Studies Center in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Ten artists and artist groups based in the Netherlands and Indonesia take part in this multimedia exhibition. Read more..

In Indonesia with KUNCI

In late November, the first exhibition of the multiyear Global Collaborations project opens to the public. The group exhibition, Made in Commons, is the result of intensive collaboration with the KUNCI Cultural Studies Center in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Project curator Kerstin Winking traveled to Indonesia in August to visit the participating artists there. During her trip, with stops in Jakarta, Bandung, Jatiwangi and Yogyakarta, Kerstin was accompanied by KUNCI curator Syafiatudina (Dina) and the Dutch artist Vincent Vulsma, who was carrying out research for his own contribution to Made in Commons.
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A dream is like another life recurring – Interview with Apichatpong Weerasethakul

With his Primitive exhibition Apichatpong Weerasethakul ties into a long-standing tradition of artistic involvement with the notion of the primitive. His work is among those artists’ practices that motivate a reactivation of the discourse about the primitive in relation to contemporary art and geopolitical contexts. Read more..

Global Collaborations

Together with Jelle Bouwhuis, I co-initiated and realized the Global Collaborations (2013-2015) project for the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

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The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds After 1989

‘The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds After 1989’, curated by Hans Belting, Andrea Buddensieg and Peter Weibel for the ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art in Karlsruhe, gave an overview of what the curators considered to be global art. In order to disclaim the proposition that art is an exclusively Western affair, the exhibition showed that artists from all over the world now contest […]

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The Memories Are Present

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The group exhibition ‘The Memories Are Present’ with Artun Alaska Arasli, Pauline M’barek and Christoph Westermeier in Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam interrogates the objectives that determine institutional divisions and invites its visitors to do so as well. Read more..

Tala Madani – The Jinn

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‘The Jinn’ presents a powerful and elaborately constructed new body of painted, drawn and animated work by Tala Madani. Arab folklore and Islamic teachings depict the jinn as mythological creatures with magical powers who occupy a world next to our own, in which they intervene without restraint. By tracing the potential intrigues of these demons, Madani scrutinizes human obsessive behaviour and then skilfully sketches her observations – distinctly peppered with a dose of fantasy – upon canvases and sheets of paper. Read more..

Vincent Vulsma – A Sign of Autumn

By employing strategies of spatio-temporal montage, Vincent Vulsma brings together objects and patterns taken from their contexts in ethnographic collections and the canons of modernist design and photography, deliberately moving back and forth along the lines between what is classified as commodity, art or ethnographic object. Read more..

Project 1975

Between 2010-2012, Jelle Bouwhuis and I co-curated Project 1975 for SMBA.

Project 1975 is a two-year programme exploring the relationship between contemporary art and colonialism. How do artists view the historic or contemporary acts of colonial powers? What role does visual culture play in today’s colonial practices? In the art world, what has come to replace the tacitly embraced multicultural normalization of the nineteen-nineties? In a programme spanning exhibitions, seminars and publications, SMBA focuses on these and other issues, and adds its voice to the globalisation debate.

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Ahmet Ögüt – Informal Incidents

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In-between Things

The title of the group exhibition “In-between Things” refers to some of the characteristics shared by the works on display, mostly sculptures, which combine various materials and practices. Moreover, these works share an interest in intercultural relations and their political imprints. Broadly speaking, ‘In-between Things’ addresses the theme of globalization and its relation to contemporary art. Read more..

Bamako Encounters – The 8th African Photography Biennial

For one month, between November 7 and December 7, the 8th African Photography Biennial took place in Bamako, Mali’s dusty capital. In its early editions, the Biennial mostly presented Africa’s neglected history of photography. Over the course of time, however, it also developed into a platform for artists’ views on contemporary Africa. The Bamako Encounters, […]

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George Osodi – The Ethical Revolution

As this year’s Bamako Biennial demonstrates, photographic practice has become established in African culture and some African artists working with photography have developed a particular idiom which enables them to advance their causes. One of them is George Osodi, an artist who has taken the relation between Europe and Africa as a point of departure. Read more..