The new BAK website is a work in progress. Usufructuaries of earth: a project in three chapters: an exhibition by Marwa Arsanios (7 March–2 June 2024), reading groups and online publication (ongoing), and a convention (24–25 May 2024)
The new BAK website is a work in progress. Usufructuaries of earth: a project in three chapters: an exhibition by Marwa Arsanios (7 March–2 June 2024), reading groups and online publication (ongoing), and a convention (24–25 May 2024)

Program

Usufructuaries of earth

A project in three chapters: an exhibition by Marwa Arsanios (7 March–2 June 2024), reading groups and online publication (ongoing), and a convention (24–25 May 2024)
7 March 2024
2 June 2024
Design: Sean van Steenhoven
Design: Sean van Steenhoven
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Convention: public program

Chapter three of the project Usufructuaries of earth is a two-day convention that gathers artists, as well as other thinkers and social actors, to share and learn on usufruct as a way of undoing property.
24 May 2024
25 May 2024
Marwa Arsanios, Usufructuaries of earth,
Marwa Arsanios, Usufructuaries of earth, exhibition opening BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2024, photo: Tom Janssen
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Chapter one, exhibition

The exhibition, chapter one of Usufructuaries of earth, foregrounds the artist’s approach to bringing together ecological, feminist, and decolonial knowledges and practices that put forward ideologies of shared usership.
7 March 2024
2 June 2024
Marwa Arsanios, Usufructuaries of earth,
Marwa Arsanios, Usufructuaries of earth, installation view BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2024, photo: Tom Janssen
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Chapter two, reading groups and online publication

The reading groups are held in the lead-up to the Usufructuaries of earth convention to learn together histories and propositions of usufruct.
8 April 2024
2 June 2024
Design: Sean van Steenhoven
Design: Sean van Steenhoven
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Chapter three, convention

The convention in the context of the project Usufructuaries of earth is a two-day gathering that summons different practices of non-expropriative userships in relation to land, housing, social reproduction, agriculture, and knowledge.
24 May 2024
25 May 2024
Marwa Arsanios, Usufructuaries of earth,
Marwa Arsanios, Usufructuaries of earth, installation view BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2024, photo: Tom Janssen
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23 May 2024
1 June 2024
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9 June 2024
9 June 2024
Still from They Shoot Horses by Phil Col
Still from They Shoot Horses by Phil Collins, video, 2014
Prospections
8 April 2024
Marwa Arsanios, Chart for the Usership o
Marwa Arsanios, Chart for the Usership of Land, prints on paper, 2022, installation detail, Usufructuaries of earth, chpater one, exhibition, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. Ten banners each depiciting a sentence that address the rig
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2 June 2024
2 June 2024
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Still from Reluctantly Queer by Akosua Adoma Owusu, film, 2016
Prospections
7 April 2024
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30 May 2024
31 May 2024
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24 May 2024
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Prospections
10 April 2024
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9 September 2023
29 October 2023
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8 March 2024
8 March 2024
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BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht is a base for art, theory, and social action. BAK is committed to the notion of art as a public sphere and a political space, and provides a critical platform for aesthetico-political experiments with and through art. BAK brings together artists, thinkers, and other members of the precarious classes to imagine and enact transformative ways of being together otherwise.

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