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  • Mar '22 -

    Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice

    BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and MIT Press, Cambridge, MA and London, and Studio Jeanneworks are proud to announce the release of Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice, a reader in BAK’s SUPERBASICS series.

    Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice combines handbook, dictionary, and anthology, and gathers artistic and cultural practices that are propositional, collective, and centered on the yearning for a just life-in-common. While future-oriented, these practices abandon a “universal” progressive route forward, instead enlivening a different chronopolitics: that of the not-yet. Powered by imagination-as-practice and the commitment to decolonial futurity, the contributors—among them artists, scholars, activists, poets, writers, and organizers—reflect on and propose forms of practicing equitable life in relation with one another, Earth, and time; models for safer spaces for humans and nonhumans; ways of radically shifting policies and planetary priorities; and tactics and methods of creating sanctuary. Catalyzed by the work of artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, which focuses on radicalizing situated civic processes, Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice imagines and enacts alternative ways of being together.

    Toward the Not-Yet: Art as Public Practice, edited by Jeanne van Heeswijk, Maria Hlavajova, and Rachael Rakes, includes contributions by: Yasmin Ahmed, Grace Lostia, Ying Que, and the basic activist kitchen; Barby Asante; Athena Athanasiou; Clara Balaguer and Gabriel Fontana; Chloë Bass; Aimee Carrillo Rowe; Carolina Caycedo; Merve Bedir; Black Quantum Futurism (Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips); Dhanveer Singh Brar and Louis Moreno; David Bravo, Miguel Robles-Durán, and Urban Front; Allan deSouza; Nicoline van Harskamp; Adelita Husni-Bey; Rosalba Icaza; Walidah Imarisha; Hamada al-Joumah and Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh; Nancy Jouwe; Elke Krasny; Sandra Lange; Joy Mariama Smith; Francesca Masoero and QANAT; Lorenza Mondada; Lisa Myers; Carmen Papalia; Elizabeth A. Povinelli; Laura Raicovich; Hafiz Rancajale; Jonas Staal; Ultra-red; Françoise Vergès; We are Here; and Carol Zou.

    Edited by Jeanne van Heeswijk, Maria Hlavajova, and Rachael Rakes | Published by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and MIT Press, Cambridge, MA and London, 2021 | Design by Sean van den Steenhoven for Leftloft | English language | 336 pages | Paperback | ISBN: 978-0-262-54250-0
  • Jan '22 - Gemaal op Zuid, Rotterdam

    Harboring the Social, Rotterdam Social Harbor - Moving Words

    Photo: Lavina Xausa
    Photo: Lavina Xausa
    Harboring the Social is my ongoing research that reflects on caring for each other in a changing city. To open up new spaces for collectivity, solidarity and connection. Taking place over many years with many collaborators resulting in multiple manifestations.

    The latest of which is ‘Social Harbor - Moving Words’, a light installation, where artists, residents, poets and other makers are invited to reflect on the continuous crisis and the current situation in our city. Exploring questions such as: How do we communicate with each other? How do we give words to our current situation? How do we meet each other? How do we take care of each other? How do we move forward?

    Everyday displaying new poetic perspectives, stories, statements, calls and messages as part of the program ‘Studio Paleis Maashaven’ from Sculpture international Rotterdam, the installation is attached to the facade of the Gemaal op Zuid at the Afrikaanderwijk Cooperative, visible from the Afrikaandermarket. These words function as anchors to the ways in which we can live together in this time of ‘global breakdown’.

    We kicked off with words by Pelumi Adejumo, Merve Bedir, Leana Boven, Mohammed Amine Lahrach – QANAT, Sayonara Stutgard, Nassima el Idrissi – Spraakuhloos, Recht op de Stad, Joke Schot & Roland Huguenin, Wessel Klootwijk, the Woonopstand, a new (collective) space in Hong Kong, Wider Perspectives and Cengiz Mengüç.
  • May '21 - Rotterdam

    Mahkazin . مخازن, an exhibition by Qanat

    I invited Qanat Collective as part of our collective research 'Qanat training for the Not-Yet' and my personal research around 'Harboring the Social' to Rotterdam. Hosted at the Afrikaanderwijk Cooperative at the Gemaal op Zuid in Rotterdam South, but resonating with, or resounding from other territories, Makhazin . مخازن adopts the politics and poetics of water and its infrastructures as an entry point in order to establish a dialogue between the water-based harbour city of Rotterdam (NL), the land-based one of Marrakech (MA), and the sea-less [read dispossessed] one of Ramallah (PS).

    Makhazin . مخازن becomes an exhibition composed by indoor and outdoor installations, and a set of online / offline conversations and screenings.

    As a punctual public outcome of the ongoing action-research developed by different QANAT constituencies throughout Morocco, Makhazin . مخازن proposes diverse installations unpacking some of the processes, tools, devices, and geographies of transformation that water reveals, the exhibition also enlists a number of practices of commoning and forms of social harboring that keep irrigating the grounds of Marrakech specifically, and Morocco more generally, notwithstanding the neoliberal turn state-based policies have endorsed since decades.

    In dialogue with my reflection on the modes in which we can train ourselves for a ‘Not Yet’ possibly soon to come, what Qanat propose is therefore not so much to polarise around our respective environmental, socio-economic, or migratory emergencies, but to rather rely on, and ally with our common or sharable emergences: those sprouts emerging even from fractured or polluted grounds.

    In contemporary Morocco the term makhzen (مخزن) in its singular form is...
  • Sep '20 - BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht

    BAK 2020 Fellowship program: exploring the possibilities of art as a public good and a site of public pedagogies

    The BAK 2020 Fellowship program is a three-month program, taking place in autumn 2020, organized in two parallel strands. Within the first strand, nine Fellowships are awarded to practitioners engaged with local communities and struggles for developing a focus on long lasting, mutual support with and through BAK as a public art institution. As former BAK Fellow I join this strand as BAK Associate to conceptually guide the research and work on forms of proximity and building connections. Within the second strand, six Fellowships are awarded to researchers within the network freethought for developing their research on “spectral infrastructures.”
  • Jun '20 - www.qanat.org

    Qanat Cura

    The collective opening and first release of Qanat Cura is on air since yesterday!
    Dig more into our web launch, collective video opening and the upcoming project(s) via
    qanat.org

    With contributions by: Abdellah M. Hassak, Amine Lahrach, Louisa Aarrass, Rim Naïr, George Bajalia, Jeanne Van Heeswijk, Sara Frikech, Francesca Masoero, Nassim Azarzar, Edouard Sors, Shayma Nader, Jerome Giller and many more soon to be announced
  • May '20 - urban-front.com/livewebinar

    A Call for New Organizational and Collective Forms After COVID19

    Join us May 1st (Europe: 20:00 / 2:00pm EST) for our Urban Front launch event and live webinar with
    David Harvey, colleague and member of #urbanfront

    urban-front.com/livewebinar

    Urban Front is a transnational consultancy focused on helping progressive public and social sectors achieve their goals as they address the critical urban problems of the 21st century.

    Worldwide, Urban Front works to make cities more equitable by connecting grassroots knowledge and infrastructures to our own committed areas of expertise, by being a bridge between progressive governments and organizations in charge of implementing public measures.