Education Program

5-9 April 2016

Here We Are Academy

Photo: Manette Ingenegeren

Here We Are Academy is an experimental education program conceived with and led by We Are Here, the first large scale organization of refugees in limbo in the Netherlands. Here We Are Academy is realized on the occasion of the Unstated (or, Living Without Approval) project in collaboration with Campus in Camps, a program for learning based within four Palestinian refugee camps on the West Bank. Whilst the We Are Here Academy is an educational initiative offering university-level courses for undocumented individuals, inviting experts or academics to teach, Here We Are Academy instead gives the members of We Are Here the position of teachers. This series of workshops and public events taught by the refugees considers the question of representation within art and politics with regards to their struggle. The series considers the need for a new lexicon to sustain the current struggle, and thus engages in developing a new collective dictionary. The series is held at BAK on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, with Wednesday and Thursday being hosted by We Are Here in the Vluchtmaat building in Amsterdam.

Here We Are Academy is held in collaboration with the Learning Place, BAK’s school for art and politics, with a limited amount of additional places reserved for the public. Lectures on each day of the Here We Are Academy are public.

Here We Are Academy runs from 12.00 til 20.00 daily from 5–9 April 2016, and includes a collective lunch and dinner. Attendance is free of charge but must be registered in advance.

Structure:

The curriculum is divided in two parts:

  1. Lectures with discussion in plenary settings (open to the public).
  2. Workgroups: several groups that each work on a specific subject during the whole week.
  • At the beginning of each day there is a plenary lecture given by one of the We Are Here teachers, Campus in Camps, sometimes accompanied by an artist/academic/expert.
  • On day one students choose one of the work groups and stay in this work group during the week.
  • At the end of the day progress of each work group will be presented during dinner.
  • On the last day, each work group presents their results in a public session at BAK.

Schedule every day:

12.00–13.00 Lunch
13.00–13.45 Lecture Here We Are
13.45–14.15 Discussion
14.15–14.30 Break
14.30–18.00 Work groups 1–5 work on their action
18.30–20.00 Dinner and presenting progress of work groups.

Topics lectures:

Day 1: Introduction Dutch Asylum policy and the discouragement policies and We Are Here by Suleiman & Hashim
Day 2: Survival by Salim & Teferi
Day 3: The right to be political by Yonas, Nasir & John
Day 4: Representation in image and art by Osman, Khalid & Shyamika
Day 5: Vocabularies by Isshaq & Diego from Campus in Camps

(Supporting team for media and workshops and organization: Abdi, Fahad, Hashim, Mohamed, Mohamed, Sambuca and Halim)

Work Groups:

Each work group subject corresponds with the subject of a lecture and will be led by the teachers giving that specific lecture

NOTE: Day 2 & 3 take place in the Vluchtmaat (building next to Bouwmaat XL), Joan Muyskenweg 32 5 minutes walking from Metrostation Overamstel

Suggestions from the archive

Discursive

24 January 2019

Propositions #7/6: Archive

Sixth gathering of Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice and part of the BAK series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020). Focusing on the evidentiary method of archiving, Ariel Caine presents Ground Truth, 2017–ongoing, a project that provides historical and juridical evidence on behalf of communities in the illegalized Palestinian Bedouin villages in the northern threshold of the Negev/Naqab desert. Jessica de Abreu presents The Black Archives’ work documenting the history of black emancipation movements and individuals in the Netherlands. Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh discusses her research and interventions which address the political implications of a collection of digital photography originating from Burj al-Shamali, a Palestinian refugee camp in Southern Lebanon.

Discursive

10 January 2019

Propositions #7/5: Sense

Fifth gathering of Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice and part of the BAK series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020). Focusing on the evidentiary method of remote sensing, Samaneh Moafi presents Ecocide in Indonesia, 2016, an investigation into the 2015 fires in Kalimantan and Sumatra that consumed over 21,000 square kilometers of forest and peat lands. A staff member of Prakken d’Oliveira presents Friends of the Earth Netherlands vs. Royal Dutch Shell, 2008–ongoing, a legal case in which four Nigerian citizens are taking Shell to court over oil spills that had polluted their fields and their fish farming ponds.

Discursive

15 November 2018, 19.30-21.30

Propositions #7/3: Testify

Third gathering of Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice and part of the BAK series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020). Focusing on the evidentiary method of the testimony, Ana Naomi de Sousa presents Saydnaya, 2016, the reconstruction of a Syrian torture prison of which there are no images. Papa Sakho and Jo van der Spek bring into the discussion the Migrant 2 Migrant Foundation’s ongoing response to the Schipholbrand, the 2005 fire in which eleven migrants died while being trapped in an airport detention complex.

Discursive

1 November 2018, 19.30-21.30

Propositions #7/2: Geosync

Second gathering of Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice and part of the BAK series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020). Focusing on the evidentiary method of what Forensic Architecture calls “Geosync,” Stefan Laxness presents The Ayotzinapa Case, 2017, an investigation into the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Mexico, in 2014. Gamze Hızlı and Özlem Zingil of Hafiza Merkezi discuss their recent investigations into human rights violations in Turkey.

Discursive

Education Program

03 December 2018–21 January 2019

Course Art and Politics

“Art and Politics” is an inaugural course of a new public school for art and politics organized by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht. 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.

Exhibition

Discursive

18 October 2018–24 January 2019

Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods

Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice and part of the BAK series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020)—expands upon the notion of forensic justice in a series of lectures, screenings, and workshops on methodologies for articulating claims within the multidimensional space of aesthetics, law, architecture, politics, and ecology.

Exhibition

18 October 2018–27 January 2019

Forensic Justice

Forensic Justice is an exhibition and a series of public programs with Forensic Architecture, a London-based independent and interdisciplinary research agency comprised of, among others, artists, scientists, lawyers, filmmakers, and architects.

Lecture

Lecture

Lecture

Lecture

Lecture

Exhibition

Lecture