The Framer Framed Podcast offers a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibitions, the curators, the events, Werkplaats Molenwijk, the archives and more.
Framer Framed is a platform for contemporary art, visual culture, and critical theory & practice. Each year the organisation presents a variety of exhibitions in collaboration with both emerging and established international curators and artists. An extensive public program is organised alongside these exhibitions in order to shed light on the topics concerned, and provide a wide range of perspectives. With this common space for dialogue.
#10 - Uncovering the Dark Legacy of Nuclear Colonialism with Samia Henni
A conversation with researcher and architectural historian, Samia Henni, as she discusses her current exhibition at Framer Framed, titled Performing Colonial Toxicity. This thought-provoking exhibition (9 Oct. 2023 – 14 Jan. 2024)—a collaboration with If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution—delves into the history of nuclear experiments in Algeria's Sahara desert and their long-lasting effects. Through interactive stations featuring photographs, maps, and testimonies, Samia aims to tangibly demonstrate the invisible impacts of nuclear colonialism. She also emphasizes the need for justice and accountability for those affected by nuclear testing and the importance of addressing the health of individuals exposed to radiation in contaminated environments.
She sheds light on violence during the Algerian War and human experimentation in the struggle for Algeria's independence from France. The exhibition prioritize amplifying the voices of victims, preserving their stories, and raising awareness about the enduring consequences of colonialism. Through innovative approaches and collaborations, these exhibitions seek to educate and engage visitors, sparking crucial conversations about the ongoing impacts of nuclear colonialism and the necessity for action and change.
#09 - From Allende to Gaza: Claiming the Agency of the People
This episode is a recording of a talk by Shahd Hammouri that took place at Framer Framed on Saturday, 14 October 2023, during the symposium Revisiting the Past, Shaping the Future. Through a set of short roundtables talks, the event aimed to understand pivotal historical events and their influence on today's global political environment.
Hammouri speaks about how the words of former Chilean president Salvador Allende specifically give agency to people around the world and links them to the ongoing Palestinian struggle for liberation and self-determination.
“Ethical loneliness is the result of multiple lapses on the part of human beings and political institutions in failing to listen well to the survivors, to deny them redress by negating their testimony and thwarting their claim to justice.”
Shahd Hammouri is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Kent. Her research lies at the intersection of Public International Law, International Economic Law and Legal Theory. She is a member of the Executive Committee at Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights.
The symposium Revisiting the Past, Shaping the Future was co-organised by SOMO, TNI, OLAA and Framer Framed.
#08 - Report: Decolonizing the Gaze - Textile Cultural Heritage vs Colonialism
This episode is a report of the roundtable discussion that took place on 11 July 2023 titled Decolonizing the Gaze – Textile Cultural Heritage vs Colonialism – Cultural Appropriations? The discussion is based on visual artist Caterina Pecchioli‘s research project, Decolonizing the Gaze: The Colonial Heritage of Italian and International Fashion Design and Its Impact on the Collective Imagination.
Decolonizing the Gaze – Textile Cultural Heritage vs Colonialism – Cultural Appropriations? is an open debate about what different fabrics and their history tell about interculture, colonialism, and cultural appropriations. The discussion, which involves Afro-descendant stylists, artists, and fashion designers with origins from countries with a history of Dutch colonisation, intended to identify new meanings about widespread colonial dressing practices and body policies, and the effects of colonialism on the individual/collective imagination and design practices.
Together with fashion designer and creative director Zinzi de Brouwer and publisher and designer Willem van Zoetendaal, the roundtable offers insight into the Dutch Wax fabrics and the implications of its designs and messages produced in Holland and sold in Africa – and its complex and controversial identity representation. These fabrics present images and messages that are like archives of meanings that tell of an ambiguous relationship linked to the European colonial period. Fashion designers and creative directors Semhal Tsegaye Abebe, Bubu Ogisi, and Zinzi de Brouwer also highlight initiatives and design projects that reveal the richness of African textile heritage still little known in Europe today, and their connection with sustainability. Some of the topics brought to the discussion emerge from a participatory workshop that Caterina Pecchioli previously lead at Thami Mnyele Foundation studio, were she was artist in residence, in collaboration with CBK Zuidoost, and interviews collected on these issues by Caterina Pecchioli and Roxane Mbanga between Amsterdam and Paris.
Decolonizing the Gaze is supported by the Italian Council (11th edition, 2022), Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity within the Italian Ministry of Culture. The Dutch programmes are in collaboration with Framer Framed (NL), Thami Mnyele Foundation (NL) and CBK Zuidoost (NL).
#07 - Going Hybrid: A Deep Dive into Cultural Publishing and Programming with Ashley Maum and Ebissé Wakjira
In this installment of the Framer Framed podcast, Ashley Maum and Ebissé Wakjira delve into the future of hybridity in the cultural field. This episode features a lively discussion on Going Hybrid, a two-year research project exploring the future of hybrid cultural programming and publications in the post-pandemic world.
Ashley and Ebissé interrogate the concept of 'hybrid publishing,' a term that spans traditional, self-publishing, print and digital, and open access models in the scientific community. Ebisse shares her distinctive experiences in academic and literary publishing, contrasting them with her role at Framer Framed. The episode wraps up by examining event reporting's significance in art institutions, advocating for standardized reporting, and expressing optimism for future research in hybrid event reporting.
Ashley Maum works at Framer Framed on exhibitions, publications and research. She also works as an editor at Errant Journal. Ebissé Wakjira is publications, magazine and podcast coordinator at Framer Framed.
#06 - Art in Solidarity: Taring Padi’s 25-Year Artistic Evolution
Join us as we explore the transformative power of art through the lens of Taring Padi's collaborative creations. In this podcast, two of the founding members, Alexander Supartono and Muhammad ‘Ucup’ Yusuf examine how Taring Padi's large-scale banners, wayang kardus, and woodcut prints are catalysts for change, driving conversations on social justice and solidarity. This podcast is an excerpt from the roundtable conversation that took place during the first public program of Tanah Merdeka exhibition on 25th June. The exhibition, open until September 10th, brings together works by Taring Padi and various collaborators to reflect on the concept of land and its socio-political implications through a cross-cultural network of solidarity. Drawing from the Indonesian expression ‘tanah merdeka’ (liberated land), the exhibition sees land as a broad concept with many complexities.
#05 - Emily Shin-Jie Lee on the making of 'Art for (and within) a Citizen Scene'
In this conversation, we explore the journey behind the creation of the edited volume, Art for (and within) a Citizen Scene. Join us as we speak with co-editor Emily Shin-Jie Lee, who shares her insights on the creative practices within South-East-Asia.
Emily delves into the materialization of these practices and their relationship to the surrounding environment. We also discuss the meaning of collaboration in the present day and the roles artists play in these collaborative efforts. This book sheds light on communities where art is not just a profession but a way of life, emphasizing the importance of collaboration in daily existence.
Emily Shin-Jie Lee works at Framer Framed on residencies, partnerships and research projects. She co-edited this volume with Iris Ferrer, Julia Wilhelm and reinaart vanhoe.