Theory — 19 Jun 2021

An afternoon dedicated to international art practices in the city of Amsterdam, hosted by the Stedelijk Museum. In conjunction with the annually organized Amsterdam Art Week. The talks will be livestreamed.

Price
Online: free of charge
Location
Online: Stedelijk Youtube channel, live: Stedelijk Teijin Auditorium
Time
19 Jun, 3.45 pm until 5.30 pm
Main language
English
Admission
Watch livestream (June 19, 3.45 pm)

Stedelijk Curator-at-Large Adam Szymczyk and Amsterdam Art director Nina Folkersma both completed the Appel Curatorial Program in Amsterdam in 1996. They are the first speakers to join our conversation table in order to discuss precarious issues affecting the Amsterdam art world and the international field since the 1990s, and to evaluate where change has taken place and where the status quo remains largely unchanged.

The presence of artists Otobong Nkanga and Charl Landvreugd, alumna of the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and Head of Research at the Stedelijk Museum, steers the conversation on topicalities in local and international contexts towards key notions within their work. Even though their practices are fundamentally different, they share similar interests in the social and topographical relationships within our everyday environment and notions of land, belonging and non-belonging.

Stevenson Gallery director Joost Bosland will share his experiences of working in Amsterdam, Johannesburg and Cape Town. How do the Amsterdam market, the Dutch market and the global market differ? And is there space for curatorial and artistic topics such as those addressed by our guest speakers?

Poet, writer and spoken word artist Gershwin Bonevacia will interpunctuate the short, focused conversations with a commissioned spoken word performance. As the assigned city poet of Amsterdam he addresses topics such as the city, education and the past with a playful and philosophical approach.

Otobong Nkanga, 'Caress', 2010. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Otobong Nkanga, 'Caress', 2010. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Program

4 pm
Word of welcome by Rein Wolfs and introduction by Nina Folkersma
4.15 pm
Conversation 1: Adam Szymczyk & Nina Folkersma
4.30 pm
Conversation 2: Otobong Nkanga & Charl Landvreugd
4.45 pm
Spoken word intermezzo: Gershwin Bonevacia
4.50 pm
Conversation 3: Joost Bosland & Nina Folkersma 
5.05 pm
Questions and concluding remarks
5.30 pm
End

This public program in conjunction with the 2021 Amsterdam Art Week is co-curated by Britte Sloothaak (Stedelijk Museum), Nina Folkersma and Martine Halsema (Amsterdam Art Week), with special thanks to Henri Sandront, Jasmijn Alkaf and Christel Vesters.

Otobong Nkanga, 'In Pursuit of Bling', 2014. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / Photo Eva Broekema
Otobong Nkanga, 'In Pursuit of Bling', 2014. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / Photo Eva Broekema
Otobong Nkanga, 'Shaping Memory', 2021. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Otobong Nkanga, 'Shaping Memory', 2021. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam