22 January

Nancy Jouwe & Imara Limon, moderated by Sekai Makoni

13:30

What Colour Was the Dutch 'Golden Age'?

Nancy Jouwe will speak about current initiatives that reveal or interpret traces of the Dutch colonial past and slavery, such as the research project Mapping Slavery that she co-initiated in several cities among which Amsterdam, Middelburg and New York. The concepts of the cultural archive and the urban palimpsest can be helpful to position these current attempts of reinterpreting the frame of the so-called Dutch Golden Age.

Imara Limon presents curatorial projects and artistic practices with which she is involved. In a Dutch context, with an increasingly multicultural population, museums are only beginning to self-identify as white institutions rather than universal places of knowledge. What does this fundamental shift entail for the cultural practices of collecting objects, exhibition-making, and organizing public programs?

Nancy Jouwe is a freelance researcher, lecturer, and publicist, working at the crossroads of the arts, cultural heritage and colonial history including its afterlife. She studied Gender- studies and cultural history at Utrecht University and currently teaches at Amsterdam University College, the Council on International Educational Exchange and the Utrecht School of the Arts – MA fine arts. She is the project leader of research project Mapping Slavery, a public history project that maps the Dutch history of slavery in The Netherlands and its former colonies and has published several books and articles on the Dutch history of slavery and colonial afterlives. She’s the chair of BAK Basis voor Actuele Kunst in Utrecht, co-chair of Mama Cash and co-founder of Framer Framed.

Imara Limon is a curator at the Amsterdam Museum, where she curated the exhibition Black Amsterdam (2016); and Black & Revolutionary: The Story of Hermine & Otto Huiswoud (2017) an initiative by The Black Archives. She developed the New Narratives program that challenges institutional narratives about Amsterdam(mers) by reinterpreting the collections from diverse perspectives. Limon has a background in Contemporary Art, Museology and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. She is an advisor at several arts funds, a board member of Kunsten ’92 and winner of the National Museum Talent Prize 2017. In 2018 she was curator-in-residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. Limon is currently working on an exhibition that will open in October 2020.

Sekai Makoni is a writer, speaker, activist and training facilitator. She is based in Rotterdam but grew up in Cambridge and London. Sekai’s work centres Blackness, colonial histories, faith, emotion and song. Her podcast ‘Between Ourselves’ forms part of her practice. She is a graduate of the Critical Studies department at the Sandberg and most recently was the artist in residence at Hotel Maria Kapel. Her project explored rest, slowing down and guilt in relation to Black womanhood. Sekai co-runs the Hear Here project at Rietveld / Sandberg which is a dialogue and listening platform that offers trainings and events which consider the ways we speak across difference.