Essay 'music, painting, intuition, and calculation: Sedje Hémon and the Stedelijk Museum '
In this essay, Stedelijk research staff contextualise the life and work of artist and composer Sedje Hémon within the culture and thinking of her time. The essay shows that although initially it was trauma that forced her artistry to transcend disciplines, her multidisciplinarity became a lifelong intellectual and artistic endeavour.
the rhythms and silences of ruptures
"Film is: a quest for some kind of meaning, some purpose, for signs of beauty and life" A conversation between curator Aude Mgba and Hira Nabi, director of El Retorno (2016), about the return to the not-so-normal.
Essay 'Persuasion in Liminal Space'
In this essay, writer and curator Nafiz Risvi reviews Imran Mir’s oeuvre. In the exhibition section titled A World that is not Entirely Reflective but Contemplative, Mir’s experimental compositions are a result of the intersections of his design training and influences from modernism.
essay 'being an event of love'
In 'Being an Event of Love', sonsbeek20→24’s artistic director Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung takes us through the highly symbolic work of Abdias Nascimento.
It is impossible not to relate the curatorial framework of sonsbeek20→24 to the present moment, as much as it is impossible to not connect the present moment to our entangled histories, to a multitude of voices, sounds, and ripples.
a playlist is a curatorial narrative
This playlist is a sonic quilt, an invitation to listen together. We firmly believe that there isn’t any better way to introduce sonsbeek than to start sharing mixtapes with you.
A freewheelin’ talk on the relation between music, poetics, and labour between Amal Alhaag, Kodwo Eshun, and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung took place online...
grinding slow // grinding still
On the occasion of 157 years of the Abolishment of Slavery
A sonic epilogue that touches on the nightmares haunting the afterlives of slavery and colonialism. In his poem, Mathieu Charles responds to these known -isms that keep tormenting him, us, the ones before us: racism, sexism, capitalism.
home office stories
home office story by olave nduwanje
In this episode of Home Office Stories Olave Nduwanje offers insight into her home office and how labour and the domestic are informed through colonialism and reshaped through our contemporary use of technology.
it’s a question of power, isn’t it? (full mixtape)
A cacophony of voices, silences, whispers, thoughts, laughter and cries that question how gendered and racialised capitalism shape our understanding of contemporary labour conditions
Shenece Oretha’s reworked iteration of the live performance ‘Here, Present’ is an exercise in remembrance for sonsbeek.
In this edition of our monthly bulletin, we have selected four films that deal with the archive and archival practices in different ways.
home office stories
marcue at home by immy mali
Mali writes to tell her younger self, Marcue, about the turbulence the world is witnessing at the moment and how she continues to work during times of hibernation, loneliness, and longing.
8:46 big floyd dub indigo remix /// a tribute to george floyd by antonio jose guzman
In this new contribution, artist Antonio Jose Guzman created a memorial for the recent murder of George Floyd in Minnesota; embedded in the sonic and visual structure of his ongoing project The Electric Dub Station.
otion by otion
OTION blends elements of hip hop, storytelling, spirituality, and soul, within the DIY setting of his home in Amsterdam, to create a personal musical narrative of entangled Dutch colonial histories embodied by generations that continue to be present and affect the future, asking for some kind of personal reckoning.
sonsbeek memories #1
This is the first episode of our new podcast series: Sonsbeek Memories, part of the Open Call of the Sonsbeek Archive: an invitation to everyone to share all kinds of materials related to Sonsbeek exhibitions, including memories.
a playlist by antonio jose guzman
This playlist represents the Electric Dub Station Transcultural Black Atlantic diasporic research and the Latin American socialist DNA of many Afro- Latin American artists such as myself who grew up in the 70s.
force times distance: on labour and its sonic ecologies
A glimpse into the web of reflections and associations that gave way to sonsbeek20→24, by artistic director Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung.
Our film programme introduces you features glimpses into the work of artists and filmmakers who will be part of the exhibition and our public programme in 2021.
THEY THE THEM ARE WE presents alvaro's fields
Nástio Mosquito, in a newly commissioned piece for the occasion, takes the listeners on a rumination around the self and the many “I’s” that are woven in its texture...
home office stories
home office story by flavia dzodan
Flavia Dzodan offers insight into her home office and how labour and the domestic are informed through colonialism and reshaped through our contemporary use of technology.
glaring at the world through rear view
A fundamental question is: who is in charge and establishes the conditions of access and presence; and thereby determines the outcomes of what eventually ends up in an archive?
su solo i playanan
A documentary film in which the various beaches of Curacao are of main interest.
a conversation with ruangrupa
Another freewheelin' conversation, this time about ruangrupa’s curatorial practice – a practice that is rooted in experiment, collectivity, trust, while also discussing the limits and possibilities of archives.
Archiving Queer of Colour Politics in the Netherlands
This roundtable stages a conversation amongst activists and cultural producers involved in feminist and queer of colour politics in the Netherlands from the 1980s to the present.
the rhythm of labor
Inspired by sonsbeek’s investigation of ‘the ways history of labour and the working class reflects and is framed by issues such as race, gender, class structure, geographical distance, and politics,’ DJ Lynnée Denise created 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑅𝑦𝑡ℎ𝑚 𝑜𝑓 𝐿𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑟, a sonic blend drawn from a preexisting multi-media essay.
why Anton de Kom's 'We slaves of Suriname' never ceases to inspire
Anton de Kom's ‘We slaves of Suriname' (orig. 'Wij slaven van Suriname’) continues to be an inspiration from generation to generation. In this introduction to its reissue, activist and The Black Archives' Mitchell Esajas explains to us why.