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

Online Exhibition


27 October 2021–16 January 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.


    2-16 December 2021

    Course: Art as Politics

    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 November 2021.

      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.

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        Public progam

        13 March, 19.30–14 March, 22.00 2020

        European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP) at BAK [NOT TAKING PLACE]

        Including two public programs with Paul Goodwin, Ima-Abasi Okon, Abbas Zahedi, Jihan El-Tahri, Irit Rogoff, Florian Schneider, and Maria Hlavajova

        [WILL NOT TAKE PLACE | Update 12/3: unfortunately these EFAP presentations will not take place.]

        Come to BAK on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March for two public programs as part of the European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP), a self-organized, international gathering of practitioners, scholars, and organizers from transdisciplinary realms of art and education. With, on the Friday, a conversation between Paul Goodwin, Ima-Abasi Okon, and Abbas Zahedi; and on the Saturday a screening and a lecture by Jihan El-Tahri. With introductions by Irit Rogoff, Florian Schneider, and Maria Hlavajova.

        Education Program

        11 March–15 April 2019

        Course: Art and Politics

        A six-week course on the relations between contemporary art and the political

        The basic course of the BAK School for Art and Politics is organized from 11 March until 15 April 2019. 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.