Events — 1 mei t/m 1 jun 2018

Vanaf het moment dat Europa in de ban raakte van de migratievraagstuk in 2015, zijn vluchtelingen het onderwerp van het Europees debat. Maar er wordt vooral óver hen gesproken – in aantallen, nummers, quota, kosten. En als vluchtelingen al aan het woord worden gelaten in plaats van dat er over ze gesproken wordt, zijn ze vooral en op de eerste plaats ‘vluchteling.’ Wat als we dit radicaal omdraaien? Wat kunnen wij leren van nieuwkomers in Europa? En niet alleen over hen, maar ook over onszelf, onze identiteit en cultuur?
Prijs
Museum entree 
Locatie
Ochtend: meerdere locaties in het museum (niet open voor publiek); Middag: Audi zaal 0.1 (open voor publiek)
Tijd
1 mei t/m 1 jun, 13.30 tot 17.30
Taal
Nederlands en Engels
Toegang
Tickets

Een maand in het Museum

Onder de titel Geef ons het museum betrekken schrijver Arnon Grunberg en een groep kunstenaars en vormgevers die onlangs in Nederland zijn komen wonen de gehele maand mei het Stedelijk Museum. ’s Ochtends zullen zij diverse functies in het museum vervullen, van suppoost tot restaurateur, van werken op de marketingafdeling tot directeur a.i. ’s Middags werken zij in het museum aan hun eigen projecten. Tevens zullen in de zaal waar zij aan het werk zijn debatten, performances en andersoortige interventies plaatsvinden. De bezoeker heeft de mogelijkheid met de kunstenaars in gesprek te gaan en vice versa. Grunberg zal dagelijks verslag doen van het project in de NRC.

De titel van het project is afkomstig van de diverse gesprekken die Grunberg voerde met de nieuwkomers. Op zijn vraag, wat is de betekenis van een museum voor kunstenaars die net in Amsterdam zijn aangekomen? was het antwoord: Geef ons het museum en we zullen het laten zien.

Op vrijdagavond 1 juni vindt de afsluiting van dit project plaats middels een presentatie van de geproduceerde werken en diverse debatten en performances. Naast de vragen van wie en voor wie het museum is, zal het ook gaan over de vraag wat Europese cultuur is en hoeveel gemeenschappelijke identiteit je eigenlijk nodig hebt om min of meer vreedzaam samen te leven. Heeft Europa duidelijke grenzen nodig, hoe belangrijk zijn die? Waar ligt Europa eigenlijk?

Forum on European Culture

De slotmanifestatie van Geef ons het museum op vrijdagavond 1 juni is onderdeel van de tweede editie van het Forum on European Culture (een initiatief van De Balie & DutchCulture). Nu Europa meer onder druk staat dan ooit tevoren, komen toonaangevende kunstenaars en denkers van over de hele wereld samen in Amsterdam om Europese cultuur en identiteit te onderzoeken. En samen na te denken over een gezamenlijke Europese toekomst. Het Forum vindt plaats van 31 mei tot en met 3 juni 2018 op verschillende locaties in Amsterdam.

Makers Unite

Makers Unite is een start-up waar lokale Amsterdammers en nieuwkomers, zoals vluchtelingen, migranten en asielzoekers elkaar ontmoeten. Samen ontwerpen en maken zij duurzame producten met een verhaal. Door samen te maken kunnen mensen hun verhaal kwijt, ontstaan gesprekken en nieuwe relaties. Makers Unite begeleidt deelnemers naar een volgende fase door hen te verbinden met hun partnernetwerk van opleidingen, universiteiten en bedrijven, zodat ze nieuwe stappen kunnen zetten naar een baan of opleiding.

Betekenis Voor Het Stedelijk

Sinds 2017 organiseert het Stedelijk Museum een serie collectietentoonstellingen en onderzoeksprojecten rondom het thema migratie. Het project Geef ons het museum vindt plaats tijdens de laatste maand van de tentoonstelling Ik ben een geboren buitenlander, waarin diverse werken te zien zijn uit de collectie van het museum waarin migratie een rol speelt (met werk van o.a. Miguel-Ángel Cárdenas, Ulises Carrión, Ad van Denderen, Nola Hatterman, Bertien van Manen, Otobong Nkanga en Wendelien van Oldenborgh). (22 sep 2017 t/m 2 jun 2018). Daarnaast vindt het project plaats in een voor het museum turbulente tijd waarin het op zoek is naar zijn betekenis als publiek-private instelling voor de samenleving. Toegankelijkheid en inclusiviteit voor een zo divers mogelijk publiek zijn daarbij centrale waarden.

Arnon Grunberg over Geef ons het Museum

"Geef ons het museum is onderzoek, improvisatie, performance en dialoog. Is het museum een tempel voor de seculiere elite of mag die heilige plek op beleefde wijze ontheiligd worden door er een behandelkamer, hotellobby, schoolplein, opvangcentrum of kermis van te maken?

Kun je naar een museum migreren? Kun je er wonen? Hoe verhoud je je tot de andere migranten/kunstenaars aldaar? Is het verschil tussen de bezoeker en de kunstenaar te vergelijken met die tussen patiënt en psychiater, waarbij nadrukkelijk moet worden aangetekend dat ook de psychiater de patiënt dringend nodig heeft. Wat is intimiteit in een min of meer openbare ruimte? Is leven meer dan het ruwe materiaal waaruit wat kunst wordt geperst? Is de kunst de voortzetting van de moraal met esthetische middelen? Waar begint de bezoeker en eindigt het eigen werk? Is het model, van de kunstenaar of van de schrijver, per definitie slechts iets wat gebruikt wordt om er iets anders van te maken? Of is het model gezien? Zijn verwijzingen naar actualiteit slechts min of meer armzalige pogingen tot relevantie?

Ik hoop op 1 juni 2018 uit het museum te komen als uit een oorlog, een revolutie, een boek. Herboren, een nieuw mens, al dan niet onherstelbaar verbeterd. Met hoge verwachtingen mag de teleurstelling op de loer liggen. Maar is kunst niet bij uitstek het middel om met dergelijke mogelijke teleurstellingen om te gaan?"

— Arnon Grunberg, maart 2018.

Deelnemend Kunstenaars

Betul Ellialtioglu | Turkey | 1980

Lives in Amsterdam
Since her arrival in the Netherlands Betul has worked to empower migrant communities through art and culture. She was born in Istanbul where she was trained and worked as an Architect. Over the years she has incorporated photography and graphic design to express herself and engage with the themes of migration, human development, and participation.
A year after she moved to Amsterdam in 2012, she organized an exhibition, exploring the complexities of the Gezi protests that were waging at the time. In 2016, commemorating 60 years of Turkish migration to the Netherlands, Betul curated the photo exhibition Limbo, on forced migration, where photojournalist Emin Ozmen is following the trails of Syrians on their way through Europe.

Purgatory
‘Master,’ I began, ‘those that I see
moving toward us do not look like people –
whatever they may be, I cannot make them out.’
And he answered: ‘The grave nature
of their torment contorts their bodies to a crouch,
so that at first my eyes were undecided.

O vainglorious Christians, miserable wretches!
Sick in the visions engendered in your minds,
you put your trust in backward steps.
Do you not see that we are born as worms,
though able to transform into angelic butterflies
that unimpeded soar to justice?
What makes your mind rear up so high?
You are, as it were, defective creatures,
like the unformed worm, shaped from the mud.

Dante Alighieri, the Divine Comedy: Purgatorio, Canto X (Translation: R. and J. Hollander)

Carl Asali | Syria | 1996

Lives in Amsterdam
Started as a photographer, then tried to combine it with his huge passion for music, his photos slowly started moving, they looked alive, and he felt more alive. Now as an amateur video maker, Asali is intrigued and inspired by good music.
Carl’s vision for the video “gambling” is to give another point of view about migration, “relying on the fact that the more you let go and move on, the more satisfied you are. It is risky, but it is beautiful.”

Gambling
In the video you see a creature accepting the challenge, and moving from what he believes its his natural habitat, to another environment. In order to achieve success, he must hustle, and move on. But he is adventurous, he likes it. But with time things start to become clearer, that the challenge was most likely seen from a very tight dark angle. breaking stereotypes, and showing another side of the story.

Christine Mussa | Syria | 1991

Lives in Amsterdam
Christine moved to the Netherlands in 2000. In the process of creating, she is guided by inner dialogues in which existence forms a leading subject that includes various themes. Those are made tangible by materials that are taken out of their usual function and are being placed in a different context. Christin uses materials such as latex, wood, plaster and plastic, as a way of communication with the audience. She entrusts her constructions in a fragile and rough state to the viewer and carries out the content of her work without making compelling statements.

Untitled 7 (I think, therefore I am)
For the project ‘Give us the Museum’ Christin allows herself to be guided by the famous quote: ‘’I think, therefore I am’’. By doing so, she wants to get rid of stereotypes frequently attributed to migrants and attempts to present her true self which is shaped by both the Assyrian and Dutch culture.

Hussein Fakih | Lebanon | 1985

Lives in Alkmaar
Hussein lived in Beirut and worked as a Graphic Designer and recently moved to the Netherlands. As a musician, he appreciates improvisation and indeterminacy aspects in music. In the past years, he has been experimenting with noise, glitch sounds and manipulated audio generated from whatever is available around, music instruments, computers, second-hand electronic devices to create an interactive and expressive music setup.

Inside the curtains | together with Sally Samaan
In this work, Sally and Hussein are trying to simulate mixed feelings and complex emotions while evoking notions of home, memories, detachment and time. “Inside the curtains” is a representation of one’s immediate detachment from the surrounding, lost in faded memories, nostalgic recollections, hopes, dreams, and confusion. Through this succession of tense and paradoxical sensations, they find themselves trying to analyze this moment and shape it into familiar patterns to hold onto, before surrendering to it, contemplating and synchronizing. They chose to collaborate in this project and experiment with different materials and art forms to produce an installation art that aims to illustrate “the perception of the world in a moment of contemplation”.

Manar Al Sammour | Syria | 1995

Lives in Amsterdam
ArchAngel is a musical project found by (Manar Al Sammour, Amsterdam based) and (Fares Al Sammour, Beirut based) since 2014. Both come from a classical music background but also benefit from their experience in audio engineering and sound design. They aim to transform deep thoughts and feelings into chilled yet groovy sounds.

Manar’s performance at the Stedelijk is a live music set inspired by his personal immigration and experience.

Marwa Mezher | Syria | 1993

Lives in Amsterdam
Marwa studied Interior Design in the Damascus University. Currently she is studying a pre-master on interior architecture at HKU. She had two interior design internships in the Netherlands and a three month workshop at the Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. The art style she uses usually is expressionism and realistic portraits.

Hope
Marwa is known as a very optimistic and active person. She likes to look at the glass as half full. In this work she wants to express her emotions to make a work influenced by the obstacles that she went through during her journey towards stability in a new country. You will see her depression, frustration, but in the end there is always a glimmer of “hope”.

Mazen Al Ashkar | Syria | 1989

Lives in Amsterdam
Al Ashkar has a thorough belief that Art, -as a mean of expression, being developed since the dawn of humanity, and other than the visual/intellectual excitement it might carry- should raise a question, influence change, and widen our perception towards better state of existence, better value system, and a more aware human being. He states that "it is a necessity to re-value our surroundings and essentials elements, in order to fulfill our existential authenticity and accept the full weight of our freedom in light of the absurd". Having graduated from Damascus University, the Faculty of Fine Arts in 2012, Mazen started his further exploration, seeking various approaches and mediums from painting to photography, digital and video art, and experimenting with the contemporary conceptual methods.

Common Legacy
With scenes of purity and stillness, the elements gather quietly to emphasize the genuine value of what they are about, what they hold within, and what they can be. It is an invitation to breathe and rethink.
Here, water from Syria and the Netherlands is the container of our existence, legacy, and memory.
Inspired by a research of the Nobelist Luc Montagnier "DNA teleportation" based on Jacques Benveniste's research "Water Memory".

Moutaz Al Howari | Palestine - Syria | 1990

Lives in Netherlands
Moutaz arrived to the Netherlands in December 2017, after graduating from the Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts in Damascus in 2016, in his own words: "I arrived in a place full of chances and choices that require both, theoretical and practical knowledge. I am still searching for the suitable context, where I can experiment and reflect my knowledge.”

Al Howari is looking forward to continuing his research that includes workshops, experimental and interactive performances. For this project, he will be present at the Museum with a blank paper and will build his performance based on what he perceives from people and events through during the month of May.

Nagham A Assaf | Syria | 1988

Lives in Amsterdam
Her works come in a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, mixed media, and printmaking, embracing several areas of contemporary art practices. The way the human presence interacts with the space around it in her works reflects how she saw it, being isolated, oppressed and put under different kinds of pressure by the social judgment system. Nagham holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Damascus, the city where she was raised and lived until 2018.

Address-Less
Forces that pressure our geo position, as well as our understanding of land and stability, the need to feel rooted in a place. Do we choose to move? Did the square keep holding it's meanings of stability and prosperity? Is it any more a foundation stone of a civilization? And for us who are standing on this square? How will that re-shape us? In this work, the artist is questioning all that, and inviting the audience to experience a bit of a dark sense of playfulness.

Nasam Aboud | Syria | 1991

Lives in Amsterdam
During the war, she traveled between Syria and Lebanon in search of a window to express and practice her art. Now she lives in Amsterdam and tries to establish (Hybrid Warsheh) lab with two friends. In her words: “Art generally does not claim the truth or its formulation, and not to what extent it may be compatible with it. The truth has to acquire us gradually, in this conceptualistic artwork, I attempt to make human dimensions manifest, an attempt to create new morals and new ladders, and it is also a window to throw people toward other people.”

Falling into Nothingness
The concept | Falling into Nothingness | is about those moments in a person’s life when the world you know is falling to pieces, when the usual rules no longer apply, when everything familiar to you crumbles. Here we ask: how does it feel? How will you deal with it? How will you give it a shape? A succession of avant-garde movements, analyzing in self-consciously expanding the boundaries of the diaspora. Furthermore attempting to find an identity for this migrant in the museum. 

Noor Issa | Syria | 1994

Lives in Haarlem
Noor was born in Damascus, Syria in 1994. Started to study at the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Damascus University, but had to flee Syria because of the conflict. She lived in Istanbul for almost 2 years, painting and volunteering as an art teacher for kids. She came to the Netherlands in the end of 2014, where she started her orientation year at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and she will continue her studies in art.
Noor Issa experiments different approaches to art expressing her ideas and feelings. Participated in exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad, “the Known and the Unknown (solo exhibition)”, “Borders and Boundaries” and “Where are you from”. Her work is inspired by personal experiences she has lived and still living today.

Take A Piece of Me
An interactive performance aims to encourage people on making simple moves to break the walls of primary judgements based on first importation. Will you stand and watch or will you come closer, take a piece of me and discover the real me?

Odai Al Krede | Syria | 1992

Lives in Amsterdam
“Photography is my passion and the dreamy side of me.”
Odai has begun to work with landscapes influenced by his ups and downs, and the condition around him to start focusing on capturing the moment and the emotions behind it. He uses photography as a mean to document the world around him. His goal is to use the camera as way to discover an unexpected world, new relationships, new chances and most importantly new stories.

Odai’s choice of subjects come from his interest in ideas about emotional connections, capturing moments and views, focusing on details, trying to document some decisions and obstacles, and make emotional stories behind the photos. Odai will be documenting the daily work for the artist's in this project.

Oussama Diab | Syria | 1977

Lives in Amsterdam
Palestinian artist Oussama Diab applies a conceptual approach to painting by exploiting the stylistic variants of the medium as emotive prompts in order to explore how form can articulate the urgency of sociopolitical issues. In an age where digital media have taken a dominant role in filtering our everyday experiences and the construction of imagery has become integral to the negotiation of modern life, Diab addresses the contradictions and obstacles of political conflict, globalisation, and exile through playful symbolism, references to popular culture, iconic imagery, and narrative structures. With each new series, he adopts a different painting style, reflecting the impermanent nature of art as it becomes increasingly conceptual and further dematerialised.

Portrait
In his words: “Inspired by a memory I have abandoned for a thought of migration, that was an obligation more than a choice, drew new features for me, turned me into a more anxious being in this new world, it’s not a choice anymore, my memories are stronger now, and my heart is still there. Today more than ever I’ve become unknown to myself. Faces I’ve left behind appear to me every day before I sleep. Here, my memory is getting stronger remembering all the details of these faces.”

Raafat Ballan | Syria | 1990

Lives in Utrecht
Ballans paintings are semi-figurative expressions, realistic enough to recognize, but strange enough to feel the distance. You can see something complicated, layered, mixed, someone not easy to understand. Something perhaps human - not male or female, ugly or beautiful. Ballan uses faces as a way to forge a direct connection with the viewer, though a face hides as much as it shows. Ballan presents the huge and complex hidden reality and emotions which are behind the faces in the subjects he is portraying.

Art is available for all
To express emotions, different than with words, is highly important according to Ballan, especially for people who experienced war or any kind of conflict. That’s why he is giving art workshops. “Art and making art, should be available for everyone and be used as a tool to process emotions”. At the same time Ballan emphasizes on playfulness and enjoyment during the workshops and let people feel at ease. “I try to use art to help people connect with themselves and others”.

Saéd Fanari | Syria | 1970

Lives in Amsterdam
Concept designer, artist, painter and photographer, who moved from Aleppo to Amsterdam, willing to transfer the feeling of optimism, through his canvas’ bright colours and fresh form. Having studied (artistic design) Fanari has worked for twenty-five years as a creator/concept designer, which created a solid base and a tangible impact on his artworks and paintings later on.
Started with Impressionism, moved then to abstract art, passing Rayonism and Futurism styles, influenced by art masters such as “Theo van Doesburg” and “Piet Mondrian”, in a constant searching for his visual/artistic own identity. Powerful colours, iconic depth, inherent balance and harmony, are the components that reveal Fanari’s visual sense, and the subjects of his paintings lay in three areas:

Nostalgia, Identity, Diversity
Having had a dual wings: fragrant/authentic Orient and modern/productive West, gave him a real impactful inspiration, which has been combined with his life’s coloured occasions, which inhabited his heart, both the painful and bright of them, reflected in his work’s interactive moods and tones, melts in an interesting and composite outcome in the viewer eyes.

Sally Samaan | Syria | 1988

Lives in Alkmaar
Sally’s artwork takes a humane point of view, with a focus on sense and sentiment which is expressed in her work simply with a point, a line and a shape. Inspired by microorganisms, she tries to mutate and transform those shapes in order to create new structures. She always enjoyed decomposing such forms, it gives her sense of the truth of being when arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces. While she uses a variety of materials and processes in each project. She doesn’t believe the medium is a problem, but rather the concept. Although there may not always be similarities between the materials used in different projects - they are linked by recurring concerns and the subject matter. The concept of each body of work determines the materials and the forms of work.

Inside the curtains | together with Hussein Fakih
In this work, Sally and Hussein are trying to simulate mixed feelings and complex emotions while evoking notions of home, memories, detachment and time. “Inside the curtains” is a representation of one’s immediate detachment from the surrounding, lost in faded memories, nostalgic recollections, hopes, dreams, and confusion. Through this succession of tense and paradoxical sensations, they find themselves trying to analyze this moment and shape it into familiar patterns to hold onto, before surrendering to it, contemplating and synchronizing. They chose to collaborate in this project and experiment with different materials and art forms to produce an installation art that aims to illustrate “the perception of the world in a moment of contemplation”.

Yazan Maksoud | Syria | 1988

Lives in Amsterdam
Yazan’s art practice is mostly towards sculpture and design, he believes that art can deliver effective social messages and create change, therefore he always tries to translate these messages beginning from his visual approach towards mass and form, to experimenting into adding a multisensory-based connection to it. Intrigued by the issue of patriarchy, itś effects on our societies, therefore he works towards changing stereotypes where women are seen through, hoping for a more rhythmic society.

They are still there
The light was seeping through. We knew something better was there for us in the future, but not yet, for now, we had to wait. These black boxes perfectly capture our situation there. We were physically safe, we were alive, and yet we couldn’t live. We were in a liminal state, suspended on a threshold for a period of time.
The Installation is an attempt to create an intimate state through which you can touch this period and all the worries that the refugees have to live. The paintings are made of materials we used to consume on a daily basis (tea, coffee, etc.,) during that liminal period.

Credits

Geef ons het museum is samengesteld door Nagham A Assaf, Nasam Abboud, Mazen Al Ashkar, Moutaz Alhowari, Odai Al Krede, Manar Al Sammour, Carl Asali, Raafat Ballan, Oussama Diab, Betul Ellialtioglu, Hussein Fakih, Saèd Fanari, Arnon Grunberg, Noor Issa, Yazan Maksoud, Marwa Mezher, Christin Mussa en Sally Samaan, op uitnodiging van het Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, in samenwerking met Makers Unite en Forum on European Culture. Curatoren: Betul Ellialtioglu, Mazen Al Ashkar aen Yazan Maksoud. Voor de zaalinrichting is samengewerkt met Marieke Schoonderbeek en Eva Pel van Buro Lanzarote.