27 October 2021 19.00–05 March 2022 18.00

Exhibition Black Manifesto: On the Road to Black Emancipation

An Exhibition and Public Program at OSCAM – Open Space Contemporary Art Museum, Amsterdam-Zuidoost

Opening: 27 October 2021, 19.00

Please note: the venue for this exhibition is OSCAM – Open Space Contemporary Art Museum

[Update: now extended to 5 March 2022!]

Exhibition Black Manifesto: On the Road to Black Emancipation brings together artists, writers, and other cultural workers who engage with Black Manifesto—a living document with advice and demands from and for the Netherlands’s Black communities on tackling racism and inequality. Artworks, essays and text excerpts, and public programs accompany and expand the manifesto, emerging as a collective declaration of both the resistance to racism and possibility of radical Black emancipation.

The contributors to the exhibition include artists Chimira Obiefule, Rossel Chaslie, and duo Jonathan Hoost and Youandi, and writers Akú Anan, Bart Krieger, Jillian Emanuels, Munganyende Hélène Christelle, Phaedra Haringsma, Princess Attia, and Sherilyn Deen. Other cultural workers join the project’s accompanying program throughout the course of the project.

Black Manifesto emerged from different groups and movements that came together in June 2020, when more than 50,000 people took to the streets in all provinces of the Netherl and during the Black Lives Matter protests. Building on the anti-Zwarte Piet struggle, which has made a significant stand against institutional and anti-Black racism over the last ten years, the manifesto gathers momentum within the growing understanding that the Netherlands must confront the legacy of its colonial past and present injustices.

In this context, Exhibition Black Manifesto: On the Road to Black Emancipation underscores the artistic and research-based contributions that fight through deep-rooted structures of inequality and extend to all fields of civic life. The exhibition gives visual and creative expression to Black Manifesto and presents multiple perspectives of Black communities in the Netherlands, outlining strategies of resisting and insisting on the sustained momentum necessary for bringing about change.

Presented at OSCAM – Open Space Contemporary Art Museum, Amsterdam-Zuidoost from 27 October 2021 to 16 January 2022, the exhibition is accompanied by several programs, workshops, and other opportunities to encounter the movement and the manifesto. For more information, and to sign up for the opening on 27 October 2021, see the following link to the website of The Black Archives.

The exhibition issues from the open call Manifesting Systemic Change Through Creative Waves in 2020, co-organized by Nederland Wordt Beter, New Urban Collective/The Black Archives, and Black Queer & Trans Resistance NL (supporting organizations of KOZP) in collaboration with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht.

OSCAM – Open Space Contemporary Art Museum
Bijlmerplein 110
1102 DB Amsterdam

In collaboration with

Suggestions from the archive


16 December 2022, 15.00-17.00

Stitching, Writing, Singing

Community Portal hosts...

In all continents, people have built matriarchal cosmologies sustained by complex rituals. In the advent of main modern religions and after centuries of colonizing invasions, the goddesses of antiquity were suppressed by the patriarchal structures that consolidated our era. However, they found ways to speak to us in the language of patterns, melodies, and poems. This workshop uses the voice as a method to reveal the presence of goddesses. 


27 January, 18.30–29 January, 21.00 2023

How to Set Up a Community Kitchen

b.ASIC a.CTIVIST k.ITCHEN brews...

During these sessions—part of the bASIC aCTIVIST kITCHEN (b.a.k.) program in collaboration with Berend Bombarius, De Voorkamer and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst—we want to collectively explore the topic of setting up community kitchens. Different strategies, tools, methodologies, and contexts are explored to learn more about the challenges and opportunities in the practices and theories of community kitchens.


24 November 2022, 20.00-21.00

Mental Health Symposium: Communal Care & Healing

Community Portal hosts....

On Thursday, November 24th, 2022, Colored Qollective in collaboration with POCQunity host their third annual symposium, this time focusing on the mental health of queer people of color. The theme of the symposium is Communal Care & Healing 


19 November 2022

Unjumbling Our Histories

b.ASIC a.CTIVIST k.ITCHEN presents...

Unjumbling Our Histories is a two-part workshop on storytelling, collage, and bookmaking—created by artist and writer Maja Irene Bolier—with a purpose to learn and share stories in a safe and fun environment; a space for empathy, learning, and understanding.