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31 October–31 December 2004

Cordially Invited, episode 3

BAK presents the multi-faceted project Cordially Invited, an exhibition and a series of discussions, screenings, and performances on hospitality and migration. The exhibition is on view at BAK and Centraal Museum in Utrecht.

Cordially Invited examines the issue of hospitality in relation to a topic of major global, political, and moral consequence today: migration. The project explores these issues through the notion of a cordial invitation, understood here as a symbolic tool which can be used to negotiate between two imaginary, unattainable ideals: the unrestricted right to move across political and economic boundaries, and the unqualified acceptance such rights imply. The exhibition is curated by Maria Hlavajova and Gerardo Mosquera and presents works by twenty-one international artists, artist collectives, and cultural producers.

Each Wednesday Nomads & Residents organize discussions, screenings and performances with a.o. Mariana Celac, Calin Dan, Lisl Ponger, Ruxandra Balaci, Charles Esche, Raimundas Malasauskas, Marko Raat, Dan and Lia Perjovschi, Julika Rudelius, Geert Mul, Pablo Helguera, Jelena Vesic, Brett Bloom, Monika Wucher, Kees Bleichrodt, Vesna Madzoski, Nasrin Tabatabai, and Babak Afrassiabi. Each Sunday IDFA presents Europe.doc, IDFA’s gaze on the EUwith documentary films by Marcel Lozinski, Jos de Putter, Leszek Dawid, Marjoleine Boonstra, Ulrich Seidl, Joost Conijn, Joakim Denner, Paul Devlin, Raymond Depardon, Angus Macqueen, and Sarah Vos.

The project is realized in collaboration with Prince Claus Fund, The Hague, Centraal Museum, Utrecht and IDFA (International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam). Cordially Invited is the third episode of the visual art program Who if not we…? 7 episodes on (ex)changing Europe, and is realized within the framework of Thinking Forward, the cultural program on the occasion of the Dutch presidency of the European Union. The project is realized with financial contributions by: Thinking Forward, 2004; Treaty of Utrecht 2013; VSBFonds; NCDO, Amsterdam; The Czech Centre, The Hague; Embassy of the Republic of Poland, The Hague.

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12 November–17 December 2005

Undercurrents

Undercurrents is a dynamic, informal forum for reflection about what is behind the contemporary state of warfare. It is developed as an equal parallel to the exhibition Soft Target. War as a Daily, First-Hand Reality.

Summer School

22-26 July 2019

BAK Summer School: Art as Politics

BAK Summer School: Art as Politics brings together those involved in arts, academia, and social action to collectively think through, learn about, and imagine critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp and influence our dramatically changing times. Deadline for applications: 1 May 2019.

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11 March–15 April 2019

Course: Art and Politics

The basic course of the BAK School for Art and Politics is organized from 11 March until 15 April 2019. In six weekly sessions, the participants learn about how contemporary art relates to the political in an accessible way. The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general and artistic director.