Essay: ‘Kunst met een grote of kleine i – Over de recente populariteit van inheemse kunst’

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Essay: ‘The Postcolonial Condition After Enwezor: Sharjah Art Foundation’s March Meeting Assesses a Curatorial Legacy’

March Meeting 2023, The Africa Institute, Sharjah.

Opening the 15th edition of Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual March Meeting, art historian and critic Terry Smith spoke with a voice that resonated with grief. His keynote lecture “Renewing African Art Discourse within the Postcolonial Constellation” focused on the meteoric career of his dear friend, the late writer and curator Okwui Enwezor, who died in 2019 at the age of 55. His presence was evidently missed, not only by Smith but by many others in attendance at the three-day conference, titled “The Postcolonial Constellation: Art, Culture, Politics after 1960” (March 9-11).

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Article: ‘Citra Sasmita: Imagined Cosmologies’

Detail of Citra Sasmita’s painting, Bali, April 2023.

Presentation: ‘Rusli and the Concept of the Artist as Cosmopolitan Poet’

November 8, 2022, Institut Teknologi Bandung. Photo: Caroline Brendel.

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Conference: ‘The Makings of Art from Southeast Asia and the Problems of Colonial Legacies’

Location: Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia.

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Workshop: ‘Curatorial Currents from the South-East: Jakarta to Bandung’

Workshop participants at Soemardja Gallery in Bandung.

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Panel: ‘Politics of Memory in a Changing State: documenta fifteen, Colonial Legacies and Entangled Histories’

Location: Framer Framed, Amsterdam.

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Review: ‘Melati Suryodarmo – I’m a Ghost in My Own House at Bonnefanten’

Melati Suryodarmo, Self Portrait (tryptich), 2018, digital C-print. Courtesy of the artist.

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Article: ‘Amol K. Patil: Poetic Power’

Amol K. Patil, Impression, 2012, henna and Fevicol. Courtesy the artist.

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Article: ‘Over nongkrong gesproken’

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Conversation: ‘Indonesian art and artists in the time of the Revolusi’

Location: Bonnefanten, Maastricht.

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Article: ‘Taring Padi: Solidarity in Public Space’

A carnival with banners by Taring Padi remembering four years of the Lapindo Mud Tragedy in Siring Barat, Porong, Sidoarjo, East Java, 2010. Courtesy the artists.

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Review: ‘Revolusi! Indonesia Independent’

Installation view of Timoteus Anggawan Kusno’s Luka dan Bisa Kubawa Berlari (Wounds and venom I carry as I am running), 2022, mixed-media installation, dimensions variable, at “Revolusi! Indonesia Independent,” Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2022. Courtesy the artist and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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Interview: ‘How I Became an Artist: Sawangwongse Yawnghwe’

Sawangwongse Yawnghwe in his studio, February 2022. Photo by Alex Blanco for Art Basel.

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Article: ‘The Paintings of Miko Veldkamp: Windows to a Cosmopolitan’s Memory and Imagination’

Miko Veldkamp, Unlearners, 2021. Photography Tom Carter. Courtesy the artist and Workplace Gallery London.

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Interview: ‘Sawangwongse Yawnghwe’s Historical Minimalism’

Sawangwongse Yawnghwe, Protest III, 2021. Oil and acrylic on linen. 88.9 x 142.24 cm. Courtesy the artist and Jane Lombard Gallery.

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Article: ‘Agung Kurniawan: Tackling Taboos’

Agung Kurniawan, Very Very Happy Victim, 1996. Courtesy the artist.

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Interview: ‘About Aasivissuit: Five Questions for Jasper Coppes’

Jasper Coppes, Aasivissuit, 2020, film still. Photography by Ulannaq Ingemann.
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Article: ‘Sawangwongse Yawnghwe: Painting the Unstable State’

Sawangwongse Yawnghwe, Morphine, 2019, oil on canvas, 45 x 53 cm.

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Review: ‘Archive Matters: Fiona Tan at the Ludwig Museum’

Exhibition: Fiona Tan ‘GAAF’ at Museum Ludwig, Cologne May 4 – August 11, 2019.

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Talk: ‘Postcolonial Memory Activation’

Location: Center for Curatorial Studies Bard College

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Travelogue: ‘Notes on a Visit to the Kala Bhavana in Shantiniketan’

Exhibition: ‘Mindful Circulations’


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Travelogue: ‘Notes on a Visit of the Haji Widayat Museum in Central Java’

Location: Widayat Museum, Mungkid

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Film Premiere: ‘Stones Have Laws’


Location: IDFA @ Eye Filmmuseum

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Exhibition: ‘The Mindful Intervention’

Tamás Kaszás, Escapist Story (Forest School), 2016-17, Kunstfort Vijfhuizen.
Photo: Simon Trel.

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Symposium: ‘The Production and Circulation of Indonesian Modern Art’

Location: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

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Article: ‘Fighting Colonial Claims to Power’

Agus Djaya and Otto Djaya in Amsterdam 1947-1950

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Exhibition: ‘The Djaya Brothers: Revolusi in the Stedelijk’

Location: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

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Presentation: ‘The Exhibition as Indonesian Revolutionary Weapon’

Location: Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

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Talk: ‘Remco Torenbosch – The Politics and Poetics of Landscapes’


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Presentation: ‘Artists’ Film Screening’

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Article: ‘Meeting Oei Hong Djien in Magelang’

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Curatorial Project: ‘The Mindful’

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Film Project: Stones Have Laws

Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren De Haan, Stones Have Laws, 2019.

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Artist Profile: ‘Yin-Ju Chen – Arcane Analyses’

Yin_Ju_Chen @ Kadist Foundation

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

Artist Profile: ‘Pallavi Paul – Screen Studies’


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..

Article: ‘Het ruangrupa netwerk – Voor een sociaal, activerend en begripsvol Sonsbeek’

Ruruhuis Arnhem April 2016

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

Review: ‘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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Review: ‘After Party in Shanghai’


‘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..

Interview with Amol K Patil: ‘About Sweep Walking’

Amol K Patil, Sweep Walking, 2015, installation detail. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Amol K Patil, Sweep Walking, 2015, installation detail. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

The work Amol Kisan 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. The living conditions in the chawls are extremely tough and the stories about them reveal that a middle class income in India does not protect people from living under precarious conditions, with large numbers of people in small rooms vested with parasites, no running water, and open gutters between the houses. The people who live here are for instance employed as office clerks. Each day the clerk’s offices are cleaned by sweepers and for this part of his research project, Patil decided to become a sweeper. On first sight, Sweep Walking – which, as a work of art is grounded in the tradition of Indian performance art – looks playful and much more cheerful than one would expect.

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Exhibition: ‘Kamarado’

Sawangwongse Yawanghwe, Yawanghwe Office in Exile, 2015, SMBA.

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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Exhibition: ‘Tromarama’

Location: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

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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Review: ‘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.

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Travelogue: ‘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..

Travelogue: ‘April 2014 in India’

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.

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Exhibition: ‘Transfigurations – Curatorial and Artistic Research in an Age of Migrations’

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Book: Project 1975 – Contemporary Art and the Postcolonial Unconscious

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..

Exhibition: ‘Made in Commons’

Wall sticker MiC

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..

Travelogue: ‘In Indonesia with KUNCI’

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Interview with Apichatpong Weerasethakul: ‘A Dream Is Like Another Life Recurring’

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..

Curatorial Project: ‘Global Collaborations’

Jatiwangi art Factory‘s display as part of the exhibition ‘Made in Commons’ (2013), a collaboration between SMBA and KUNCI, Study Forum & Collective.

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Review: ‘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 […]


Exhibition: ‘The Memories Are Present’

022.SMBA-' the memories are present' 2012 ©ph.Gj.vanROOIJ

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..

Exhibition: ‘Tala Madani – The Jinn’


‘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..

Exhibition: ‘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..

Curatorial 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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Exhibition: ‘Ahmet Ögüt – Informal Incidents’

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Exhibition: ‘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..

Review: ‘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, […]


Article: ‘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..