I am a native foreigner
Mid 2017

Migration has occurred throughout human history, and the forefathers of the vast majority of Dutch people were of foreign ancestry. Migration reshapes identities and language, and also defines the way we think about such things as country and ‘home’. Migration is not only an issue with social, political and economic consequences, it is also the subject of art. The Stedelijk Museum presents works from the collection that illustrate different chapters in the history of migration, from Dutch migrants arriving at Ellis Island in the 1900s, Indonesian-Dutch repatriates at Camp Budel in 1958, from Surinamese-Dutch residents of the Bijlmer in 1975, to the young Almerisa in a Dutch asylum seekers centre, and the Syrian refugees in modern-day Turkey. The exhibition includes documentary images of migrants and displaced persons along with photographic work that questions the portrayal of refugees in the media. Featuring work by artists such as Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Otobong Nkanga and Barbara Visser. The curator of the exhibition is Leontine Coelewij.

This exhibition is part of a long-term research programme that sheds new light on the Stedelijk’s collection through the prism of current topics.