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.
#13 - The One-Straw Revolution with curator iLiana Fokianaki
An interview with iLiana Fokianaki, curator of the exhibition The One-Straw Revolution at Framer Framed. The exhibition focuses on permaculture and environmental care, featuring artists who explore sustainable living, interspecies coexistence, and the impact of human actions on the environment. iLiana curated artists whose work highlights the urgency of addressing the ecological crisis and the need for a more sustainable and respectful relationship with the environment. She hopes the exhibition will prompt visitors to consider their connections to their environment and ancestral ways of sustainable living.
This exhibition draws inspiration from The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming (1975) by Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka, a seminal work in ecological thinking and practice.
iLiana Fokianaki, a curator, theorist, and educator based in Athens, Rotterdam, and Bern, was appointed as the new director of Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, in December 2023. Her research focuses on the intersections of power formations influenced by geopolitics, national identity, and cultural and anthropological histories.
#12 – Queering the Open Stage: A Conversation with Nimruz De Castro, Kevin Groen & Tuaca Kelly
Join Kevin Groen, a Behavioral Change expert and spoken word artist, alongside Nimruz De Castro, a poet and fiction writer, and Tuaca Kelly, an American poet, songwriter, and performance artist as they talk about Queer Open Stage, a monthly open stage by and for queer artists hosted by Frame Framed.
Tune in as the speakers share their personal experiences and showcase their creative work, addressing vital topics such as racism, queerness, and allyship. They explore the intricacies of identity and underscore the significance of dedicated spaces, particularly those for the queer communities. They emphasise that these spaces go beyond merely avoiding triggers; they are crucial for creating environments that foster learning and growth.
Queer Open Stage, a vibrant monthly event at Framer Framed, showcases talented performers from diverse backgrounds in music, dance, comedy, and poetry. Each edition features curated performances before opening the stage to individuals of all disciplines – singers, dancers, poets, and comedians. It's an inclusive space for the LGBTQI+ community, welcoming performances in all languages.
Read the fragments that Tuaca’s and Kevin recited in the file here.
#11 - Kunst als Katalysator: Onderwijs, Activisme, en Burgerschap met Nathalie Roos
Nathalie Roos is een cultureel antropoloog en docent aan de Breitner Academie en is betrokken bij een PhD onderzoek naar kunstactivisme en burgerschap. We duiken dieper in de unieke interdisciplinaire minor Dealing with the real stuff die ze heeft ontwikkeld, een samenwerking tussen de Breitner Academie, de opleiding Leraar Maatschappijleer aan de Hogeschool van Amsterdam en Framer Framed. Deze minor brengt studenten uit verschillende disciplines samen en stimuleert hen om via kunst en educatie maatschappelijke vraagstukken aan te pakken.
Nathalie deelt haar ervaringen over hoe de studenten in de publieke ruimte acties, performances en interventies ontwerpen en uitvoeren, en hoe dit bijdraagt aan hun begrip van kunstactivisme en burgerschap. Ze bespreekt ook de uitdagingen en verrassingen die komen kijken bij het lesgeven in activisme, en de impact die dit heeft op zowel studenten als de bredere gemeenschap. Luister mee terwijl we verkennen hoe kunst een krachtig middel kan zijn voor sociale verandering en persoonlijke groei.
#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).