18 September 2019–07 May 2020

Presentation: The People Are the City

A presentation by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst at the Utrecht City Office, part of the exhibition Op Kunstsafari door Utrecht

What Is the City but the People?, Utrecht, 15 September 2018, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht in collaboration with Centraal Museum Utrecht, and SPRING Performing Arts Festival, photo: Tom Janssen

Sicinius: What is the city but the people?
Citizens: True. The people are the city.
—Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Coriolanus, 1605–1608

From 18 September 2019–7 May 2020 [extended from 16 April 2020] BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht presents The People Are the City at the Utrecht City Office. This presentation, of which a different version was previously shown at the Utrecht City Office and the Utrecht Archives, is part of exhibition Op Kunstsafari door Utrecht: an exhibition that guides visitors past statues, architecture, street art and poetry in the streets, squares and parks of Utrecht. 

The presentation at the Utrecht City Office reflects on the extraordinary coming together of the people of Utrecht in the collective performance What Is the City but the People? on Jaarbeursplein on 15 September 2018. It features portraits and stories of contributors to the project together with a complete video recording of the performance. Following the suggestion of one of the contributors, Mustapha Seray Bah, the exhibition also includes a series of postcards with portrait photos of the contributors, offered to the public to take away or use for posting.

Utrecht City Office (ground floor, to the right)
Stadsplateau 1
3521 AZ Utrecht

Opening Hours
The exhibition can be visited free of charge during the opening hours of the Utrecht City Office:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 8–17 hrs
Tuesday & Thursday: 8–20 hrs

The Utrecht-based edition of What Is the City but the People? (2018) was realized at the initiative of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, in collaboration with Centraal Museum Utrecht and SPRING Performing Arts Festival, Utrecht. The performance was created by the people of Utrecht and directed by Richard Gregory, from an original concept by the artist Jeremy Deller. It was originally produced as a commission by the Manchester International Festival in July 2017.

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Podcast and sound installation

17 April–03 July 2021

Fragments of Repair: Repair & Listen

Throughout the duration of the project Fragments of Repair, Kader Attia engages in creating a new eponymous work in the form of a gradually unfolding podcast and sound installation in twelve parts, titled Repair & Listen. Drawing on transcultural epistemologies and lived experiences, the podcast investigates “repair” as a concrete practice to counter the psychological impact of living through a pandemic. The episodes of the podcast will become available on this page, throughout the duration of Fragments of Repair.

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