Public Program

17 April–26 September 2021


Fragments of Repair/Gatherings

A public program realized in the framework of the multi-part project Fragments of Repair

  • Kader Attia speaking during the opening program of Fragments of Repair, view from La Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues, Pantin, Paris, 17 April 2021, photo courtesy of La Colonie

Fragments of Repair/Gatherings involves an online/offline series of lectures, conversations, screenings, and assembly forums convened by BAK around the theory and practice of repair, that takes place in the framework of the multi-part project Fragments of Repair.

The gatherings take place on a fortnightly basis (at BAK and on between 2 May–26 September 2021. Confirmed contributors include artist Kader Attia (Berlin); philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne (philosopher, New York/Dakar); BAK general and artistic director Maria Hlavajova (Utrecht), art historian and BAK senior research advisor Sven Lütticken (Utrecht), BAK curator Wietske Maas (Utrecht/Berlin), philosopher Catherine Malabou (Paris); philosopher and political thinker Achille Mbembe (Johannesburg); writer, critic, and curator Olivier Marboeuf (Paris); material culture and critical heritage scholar and curator Wayne Modest (Rotterdam/Amsterdam); writer and critic Omedi Ochieng (Granville, OH); medical anthropologist Stefania Pandolfo (Berkeley, CA); BAK curator of public practice Rachael Rakes (Utrecht/Amsterdam); decolonial scholar Rolando Vázquez (Utrecht); political theorist, feminist, and decolonial activist Françoise Vergès (Paris); and abolitionist scholar and activist Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Lisbon).

There are several ways to join the gatherings. You can attend the programs online, and, from 5 June 2021 onwards, it is also possible to join us in person (limited capacity) at BAK!

To join the program online, register via the “Tickets (Online)” button on the respective gathering page (see individual links below). After registration, you will be sent the link to the Zoom webinar of the gathering you registered for.
To join us in person at BAK, register via the “Tickets (In Person)” button on the gathering page, and show your ticket at the desk. You can also find all ticket options on BAK’s main ticket page.

Video registrations of previous Gatherings (click “Playlist” in upper right corner to view them all, or click through to the separate programs pages below, where they are also embedded):



17.04.2021, 13.30–18.00 hrs*
Lectures and conversations from BAK, Utrecht, and La Colonie/La Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues, Pantin, Paris
With Kader Attia (artist, Berlin), Maria Hlavajova (BAK general and artistic director, Utrecht), Sven Lütticken (art historian and BAK senior research advisor, Utrecht), Wietske Maas (BAK curator, Utrecht/Berlin), Catherine Malabou (philosopher, Paris), Achille Mbembe (philosopher and political thinker, Johannesburg), and Françoise Vergès (political theorist, feminist, and decolonial activist, Paris)

02.05.2021, 14.30–16.30 hrs
Screening and conversation from BAK, Utrecht, La Colonie/La Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues, Pantin, Paris, and Lisbon
Screening: Kader Attia, The Body’s’ Legacies, Pt 2.: The Postcolonial Body, 2018
With Olivier Marboeuf (writer, critic, and curator, Paris) and Ruth Wilson Gilmore (abolitionist scholar and activist, Lisbon)
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13.05.2021, 18.30–20.00 hrs
Lecture and conversation from BAK, Utrecht and Granville, Ohio
With Omedi Ochieng (writer and critic, Granville, OH) and Rachael Rakes (BAK curator of public practice, Utrecht)
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10.06.2021, 18.30–20.15 hrs
Lecture and conversation from BAK, Utrecht and Paris
With Rolando Vázquez (sociologist and decolonial thinker, Utrecht) and Françoise Vergès (political theorist, feminist, and decolonial activist, Paris)
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24.06.2021, 17.30–20.00 hrs
Screening and conversation from BAK, Utrecht and New York
Screening: Kader Attia, The Object’s Interlacing, 2020
With Wayne Modest (material culture and critical heritage scholar and curator, Rotterdam/Amsterdam) and Souleymane Bachir Diagne (philosopher, New York/Dakar)

15.07.2021, 18.30–20.00 hrs
Screening and conversation from BAK, Utrecht, Berlin, and Berkely, CA
Screening: Kader Attia, Reason’s Oxymorons, 2015, excerpts
With Kader Attia (artist, Berlin) and Stefania Pandolfo (medical anthropologist, Berkeley, CA)

New date: 26.09.2021, 15.30–17.00 hrs
Gathering VII is the concluding program to Fragments of Repair/Gatherings, including a conversation between artist Kader Attia, BAK general and artistic director Maria Hlavajova, and BAK curator Wietske Maas. It also marks the conclusion of the exhibition Fragments of Repair/Kader Attia with the opportunity to visit the exhibition in the presence of the artist.

*All times are Central European Summer Time (CEST).


BAK’s activities are made possible through financial contributions by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the City Council, Utrecht. Fragments of Repair is organized in the framework of BAK’s research itinerary Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–ongoing), and has received aditional funding from: VSBfonds, Utrecht; BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Amsterdam; BNG Cultuurfonds, The Hague; Fonds 21, Utrecht; Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Utrecht; Institut français des Pays-Bas, The Hague; and Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), Stuttgart.

BAK’s main partner in the field of education and research is HKU University of the Arts Utrecht.

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10 May, 12.00–12 May, 18.00 2023

Complaint Making: Setting Up Conflict-Positive Spaces for Community Building Praxis

Vishnu would like to share feminist governance tools (FGT) focused on three of many tiers in community building praxis. FGT is based on the values of equity with an emphasis on creating psychologically safe environments, drawing on the use of consent. Decision-making processes, setting up conflict-positive spaces, and complaint-making as diversity work will form the body of this three-day training. Rooted in Vishnu’s autho-ethnographic practice, this work will explore the power dynamics that impact decision-making processes.


10 May, 12.00–12 May, 18.00 2023

The Diamond Mind II

In this dance training, the people will use a one-minute film of their own movement as material for a booklet—a sixteen page signature—that distributes their presence, their gesture, as an act of EQ. 


3 May, 12.00–4 May, 18.00 2023

Too Late To Say Sorry? 

A bad apology can ruin a friendship, destroy a community, or end a career. In this workshop, we will investigate the impact of apologies on our relationships and our worlds. Why and how do we make apologies? What can giving and receiving apologies teach us about values and integrity? Should you apologize for something you don’t really feel sorry for? We will explore conflict and how we like to be in conflict with others. We will dive into our own boundaries. We will seek to understand how honoring limits becomes an act of building (or freeing) better worlds capable of holding so many, many more of us.


28 April, 12.00–29 April, 18.00 2023

Huisje, Boompje, Beestje (D.A.F.O.N.T.)

In this rare masterclass, retired teacher and artist Glenda Martinus teaches participants a thing or two about painting with Microsoft Word. Martinus shares tips, tricks, and secrets on how to use this software to its unexpected potential as a drawing tool. Participants learn how to draw three basic objects—a house, a tree, and an animal—in a seemingly innocent exercise that perhaps contains more layered social commentary. Drawing the worlds we desire does not require expensive tools or education, simply a curiosity to understand how the monster’s tools can topple the house of the master.