Exhibition

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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Education Program

23 September–28 October 2019

Course: Art and Politics (BAK Public Studies)

From 23 September until 28 October 2019, BAK organizes the course “Art and Politics.” 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. Deadline for registrations: 17 September 2019.

Education Program

8-29 October 2019

Course: Instituting Otherwise (BAK Public Studies)

Part of BAK Public Studies, the course Instituting Otherwise, which takes place at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht from 8–29 October 2019, focuses on the possibilities of the (art) institution within and in spite of the current political predicament. The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK general and artistic director. Deadline for registrations: 2 October 2019.

Education Program

14 December 2018

Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity

workshop by Lisa Ito

On 14 December 2018 art historian and activist Lisa Ito gives a workshop “Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity” as part of the Royal Academy of Art Non Linear Narrative master’s program. The workshop is held at BAK in the framework of Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice.