14 September 2021-Ongoing
BAK programming combines the artistic, experiential, theoretical, and political so as to imagine and enact transformative ways, with and through art, of being together otherwise. BAK’s current research trajectory Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–ongoing) is prompted by the dramatic resurfacing and normalization of fascisms, historical and contemporary. BAK organizes exhibitions, lectures, publications, workshops, and composite performative conferences with exhibitionary, discursive, and performative elements.
Current & Upcoming
27 October 2021–20 February 2022
Exhibition Black Manifesto: On the Road to Black Emancipation
Exhibition Black Manifesto: On the Road to Black Emancipation, on view at OSCAM – Open Space Contemporary Art Museum, brings together artists, writers, and other cultural workers who engage with Black Manifesto—a living document with advice and demands from and for the Netherlands’s Black communities on tackling racism and inequality.
Exhibition, Gatherings, Publication, Symposium
03 December 2021–30 April 2022
No Linear Fucking Time
No Linear Fucking Time is an exhibition with gatherings, an online publication, and a symposium that unsettle dominant temporalities and model alternate forms of livable time. Convened by BAK’s curator of public practice Rachael Rakes with artist-interlocutors Femke Herregraven, Jumana Manna, and Claudia Martínez Garay, as well as writer Amelia Groom. Please note: temporarily closed for visitors from 19 December 2021 until 14 January 2022.
08 February–08 March 2022
Course: Art as Politics – February/March 2022
An online course that was prompted by the urgency to engage in collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present. Taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general & artistic director. Accepting applications until 23 January 2022.
Suggestions from the archive
10-12 March 2009
Lecture and studio visits at Dutch Art Institute (DAI), Enschede.
16 March 2016, 17.00
Reading Anarchism: Maria Barnas reads Mustapha Khayat & Jonas Staal reads Murray Bookchin and Abdullah Öcalan
Third reading group with Nicoline van Harskamp and invited readers Maria Barnas and Jonas Staal.
26 October, 19.00–30 November, 21.00 2020
An Online Extension of BAK Public Studies
Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers yet another rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 26 October & 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 November 2020. This digital extension of BAK Public Studies, taught by Maria Hlavajova, is prompted by the urgency to continue collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present.
01 June–09 October 2011
Call the Witness is a project of the Roma Pavilion, which takes place as a collateral event in the framework of the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2011. A makeshift exhibition evolving over the course of the Venice Biennale preview days through the flux of live “testimonies”— works of art, performances, talks, and conversations by and with artists, thinkers, and politicians—Call the Witness considers the situation of the Roma and Roma art as emblematic of a world filled with inequality and oppression today, and in solidarity with the largest minority in Europe speculates about another, hopeful future.