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Give us the Museum – Act for Democracy! @ Stedelijk

vrijdag 1 juni 2018 - 19:00 | Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
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Van 31 mei tot en met 3 juni 2018 komen belangrijke internationale kunstenaars en denkers samen op het 'Forum on European Culture'. Een van de programmaonderdelen vindt plaats in het Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1 mei - 1 juni). Daarnaast plaatsen fotograaf Richard Mosse en schrijver Arnon Grunberg samen met de onlangs naar Europa gevluchte kunstenaars en designers van Makers Unite de vluchtelingencrisis in een radicaal ander daglicht tijdens Friday Night @Stedelijk (1 juni).

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Op verschillende locaties in Amsterdam wisselen kunstenaars ideeën uit over de toekomst van Europa: o.a. Alessandro Baricco, Rem Koolhaas, Wolfgang Tillmans, Asli Erdoğan en Srecko Horvat. Meer info vindt u hieronder (in het Engels). 

From the moment Europe became entangled in the migration crisis in 2015, refugees have been a central subject in the European debate. But although they are almost daily talked about – in terms of numbers, figures, quota or costs – we almost never reflect on how refugees are represented or what they themselves think about Europe, migration, borders or the refugee crisis.

During this Forum event artists and designers from Makers Unite who recently fled to Europe, writer Arnon Grunberg, photographer Richard Mosse and composer Ben Frost present the refugee crisis in a radical new light.

A group of artists and creatives who recently fled to The Netherlands takes the stage to speak about Europe. Under the moniker ‘Give us the Museum’ they took over the Stedelijk Museum for a month, joined by Arnon Grunberg, to explore what the museum means to them. They will present their final statement with a variety of performances. What do they think of European culture and identity?

Art photographer Richard Mosse followed refugees across three continents for two years with an old military camera. It resulted in the haunting video installation Incoming(2017) with a soundtrack by electronic composer Ben Frost. The film shows the life of stateless people and confronts the ways in which the Western world represents them in times of rising nationalism. Richard Mosse will present his work at the Stedelijk, joined by Ben Frost, and speak about challenging the status quo.


Betul Ellialtioglu (Turkey), Carl Asali (Syria), Christin Mussa (Syria), Hussein Fakih (Lebanon), Manar Al Sammour (Syria), Marwa Mezher (Syria), Mazen Al Ashkar (Syria), Moutaz Alhawari (Palestine – Syria), Nagham A Assaf (Syria), Nasam Abboud (Syria), Noor Issa (Syria), Oussama Diab (Syria), Raafat Ballan (Syria), Saèd Fanari (Syria), Sally Samaan (Syria), Yazan Maksoud (Syria), and Arnon Grunberg (the Netherlands)

This programme is made in cooperation with Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam & Makers Unite.

Makers Unite is a start-up that facilitates encounters between Amsterdam locals and newcomers such as refugees, migrants and asylum seekers. Together, they design and make sustainable products with a story. This co-making allows people to share their stories and engage in conversations and new contacts.

Photo (c) Richard Mosse