Discursive, Conversation

7 October 2017, 16.45-17.15

Werk Woorden – Words of Labour

Schiphol airport cleaners prepare their banners and placards during the cleaners’ strike January 2014. Photo: Matthijs de Bruijne

In April 2017, the booklet Words of Labour was presented to the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands. This publication, by the Netherlands Trade Union Confederation (FNV), is a collection of some essential terms from International Labour Organization Convention 189, accompanied by stories from domestic workers in the Netherlands that shed light on the often invisible realities of the facts and figures for this field of labor.

During the talk, BAK 2017–2018 Fellow Matthijs de Bruijne—who has been involved as an artist in the domestic workers union organization—and Migrant Domestic Workers network FNV representative Charisma Adams discuss the context of the booklet and ways to claim rights to self-determining gestures.

Part of Propositions #1: What We Mean.

Suggestions from the archive

Education Program

23 September–28 October 2019

Course: Art and Politics (BAK Public Studies)

From 23 September until 28 October 2019, BAK organizes the course “Art and Politics.” 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. Deadline for registrations: 17 September 2019.

Education Program

8-29 October 2019

Course: Instituting Otherwise (BAK Public Studies)

Part of BAK Public Studies, the course Instituting Otherwise, which takes place at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht from 8–29 October 2019, focuses on the possibilities of the (art) institution within and in spite of the current political predicament. The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK general and artistic director. Deadline for registrations: 2 October 2019.

Education Program

14 December 2018

Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity

workshop by Lisa Ito

On 14 December 2018 art historian and activist Lisa Ito gives a workshop “Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity” as part of the Royal Academy of Art Non Linear Narrative master’s program. The workshop is held at BAK in the framework of Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice.