In this monthly agenda, Nwart gives a short list of events that
promote and celebrate Afro cultures.
From exhibitions to performances, parties and workshops, here is a selection of events taking place in Amsterdam these coming weeks.
While in this month of February, the United States has the tradition of Black History Month - celebrating the Afro-American culture - in full swing; Afro cultures are also given platforms in some of Amsterdam’s most influential art institutions.
Here are 4 events you may want to check!
Now Look Here
Pop-Up Art Exhibition
Contemporary Africa is brought to light in the pop-up exhibition Now Look Here - the African Art of Appearance.
This temporary exhibition features 18 artists of Africa and its diaspora with the objective of updending perceptions of the continent through digital media, photography, performance, and fashion design.
Style is one of the central topic of the exhibition, presented as a counterforce to the single-lens binocular through which African fashion is often seen.
Be quick, the exhibition ends on February, 23rd (this Sunday)!
5€ // Now Look Here
Temporary Art Exhibition
FOAM, Amsterdam museum of photography, showcases until March, 11 works of Ghanaian artist Eric Gyamfi in an exhibition called Fixing Shadows.
The Accra based young talent is a worthy representative of African modern visual art movements. Following art education in Ghana, Gyamfi is also part of the Nuku Studio, a collective of visual storytellers dedicated to report on issues in Africa and beyond.
In Fixing Shadows, the artist blissfully interwins audiovisual disciplines, with photography, collages, audio records and printing techniques working together to deliver powerful narratives about contemporary Africa.
12,50€ or free with the Amsterdam Museum card // Foam museum
Cinema - EYE Filmmuseum
Black cultures and identities will also be spoken about at the EYE Filmmuseum.
From 6 of March on and until April 15, a multidisciplinary program curated by 10 guests will tackle the ways black figures and Black people in general are represented in movie productions.
Whether in Dutch films dating back from 1934, in dance films or in contemporary arts film, the evolution of the embodiment and representation of Blacks in movies around the world (mostly in the US, Europe and Africa) will be at the center of this comprehensive 6 weeks program.
Different prices // Eye Filmmuseum
The Inheritance (or Familiar Strangers)
Museum Stedelijk features England born artist Esiri Erheriene-Essi, winner of the 2019 Prix de Rome that rewards young visual artists based in the Netherlands.
In her figurative paintings gathered in a collection named The inheritance (or Familiar Strangers), artist Erheriene-Essi portrays ordinary moments in the lives of black people, offering implicit commentary about our society and history.
The result is a series of paintings that everyone can connect with, encouraging us to think about the lives of the people who are depicted and the historical events they may have witnessed.
Her works can be seen at the Stedelijk museum until 22nd of March.
18,50€, entrance for the whole museum or FREE with the Amsterdam museum card //