Events — 25 March 2022 20.00-21.00

You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy art. In this edition of Meet the Masters, we’ll take a dive into the work and ideas of architect Afaina de Jong.

Full price: € 5,-
Children (18 and under): Free
Teijin Auditorium
25 March 2022 20.00-21.00
Main language
The museum will be opened especially for this event; unfortunately it will not possible to visit the museum galleries. 

‘De ruimte waarvoor wordt ontworpen is niet leeg, maar gevuld met sociale relaties en geschiedenissen.’

— Afaina de Jong

Afaina de Jong designed the exhibition Kirchner and Nolde: Expressionism, Colonialism for the Stedelijk Museum, which was on display in the fall of 2021. With her creative studio AFARAI she works on the boundary of architecture and art and as a studio AFARAI considers itself a feminist practice. De Jong is inspired by thinkers such as Audre Lorde and artists such as Solange Knowles. How does De Jong convert a theory such as intersectionality into a concrete design and what stories does she want to tell through the way she designs a space? These and other questions will be discussed with Afaina and other inspiring guests.   

This program is curated and moderated by Mirthe Frese.  


Afaina de Jong

Afaina de Jong is an Amsterdam based architect. With her studio AFARAI (2005), she aims to cross the boundaries of the traditional architecture practice by dealing with the existing city with an intersectional and interdisciplinary approach, integrating theory and research with design. As a studio AFARAI considers itself a feminist practice that encourages change on social and spatial issues and that accommodate differences.

Afaina works on the boundary of architecture and art. Her work is deeply connected to represent people and cultural movements that are not traditionally represented in architectural form. By using form languages, colors, patterns and narratives that are other, she works towards a more inclusive experience of space. For Afaina it is important that architecture is not only perceived, but also experienced and interacted with. Her discourse is international and intersectional, connecting popular culture with architecture.

Afaina has been an active educator for years amongst others at the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft, The Sandberg Institute, and ARTEZ and has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University GSAPP in New York, The Royal college of Art in London, KTH in Stockholm and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. In 2018 she created the design for the exhibition Diasporic Self: Black Togetherness as Lingua Franca for Framer Framed in Amsterdam. In 2021 She will be a visiting professor at the TU Vienna and present her contribution The Multiplicity of Other at the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Afaina de Jong. Photo: Laila Cohen.

Gabriel .A. Maher

Gabriel .A. Maher is an Australian designer who lives and works in the Netherlands. Their* work centres on critical spatial practices and investigative approaches to design-led and artistic research. A key tenet of this trajectory is to link the effects of design and the act of design with a conditioning of our bodies, political subjectivity and identities. Their research is specifically attentive to the construction of gendered identities and sexual orientation. It seeks to create spaces of questioning and doubt towards dominant narratives and paradigms active within design industries and education. They traverse their practice as a queer and gender non-conforming person from a working-class background; these intersections inform and frame their attitudes toward design and pedagogic practice.

[Their* They/Them/Their: gender-neutral pronoun, third person singular]

Gabriel .A. Maher

Rachel Rumai

Writer, poet and performance artist Rachel Rumai Diaz is a native foreigner who calls many countries her home. She paints eclectic images with words and uses the world as her canvas. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Dutch and Spanglish and intertwines these languages to create poetry that triggers imagination, emotions and understanding. Rachel is passionate about equality and sharing untold stories of the people around her. As a storyteller her goal is to build a dynamic bridge between Art and Activism to spread Artivism that touches on subjects like Intersectional Feminism, Colonialism, Identity and Diversity. Rachel is also co-founder of ‘La Raza’, a collective founded by Latinx female creatives in The Netherlands that attends to unite the Latinx community and create a platform for creatives to meet and represent the culture through art and activism.

Rachel Rumai

Mirthe Frese

Mirthe Frese is a moderator, writer and program maker. In 2018, she wrote and performed her first solo performance, Retourtje Polen (“Return Trip to Poland”) for Theater Na de Dam. She is currently working on her debut novel (Nijgh & Van Ditmar publishers). Whether she is writing, making theater, leading a debate or creating a program, her main goal is always to bring together a diversity of stories, histories and opinions.


You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy art. During each monthly Meet the Masters program you will be introduced to one central, influential artist. In the program we will look at this ‘master’ through the eyes of several guests, who will share their fascination with us in a passionate manner and a variety of forms.   

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