Exhibition — Installation

While Awaiting an Unknown Future

3 November 2022 up to 22 January 2023
→ Framer Framed
Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71
1093 KS Amsterdam
  • Tuesday 12:00—18:00
  • Wednesday 12:00—18:00
  • Thursday 12:00—18:00
  • Friday 12:00—18:00
  • Saturday 12:00—18:00
  • Sunday 12:00—18:00
With ticket

While Awaiting an Unknown Future presents the work of two artists — Karen G. and Ribal  El Khatib — made during their stay in an asielzoekerscentrum (AZC – asylum seekers’ centre). Framer Framed collaborated with the artists, Milena Mulders and Hanneke Verbeek on this self-contained exhibition, which is in dialogue with Gluklya’s current exhibition To those who have no time to play.

Opening: 3 Nov, 17:00-19:00

How can we reflect and commemorate places where we had to inhabit for a certain, unknown period? Places where memories were created, that were detrimental to the forming of one’s identity and that even gave a sense of home? How do we remember these places that oftentimes no longer exist? What does it mean for the people involved when these places vanish without a trace, without any physical archive?

Thousands of Dutch people share memories of time spent at an AZC throughout the country, but there is little to no physical archive of this part of Dutch heritage. How can citizens with a refugee background remember their first place of residence in the Netherlands when there are no traces left?

Architect and artist Ribal El Khatib started working on his body of work The Gap whilst awaiting an unknown future in six different AZCs. He encountered the exact same interior everywhere. The Gap showcases furniture as a recurring sight in different capacities. Recognisable to anyone who has ever lived in an AZC.

Ten years ago, Karen G., former inhabitant of AZC Klompjan in Markelo, built an accurate maquette of the AZC he lived in. The AZC in Markelo was closed in 2012 and with it the community it embodied for its inhabitants, disappeared. The maquette became an object of remembrance to many.

Go to Framer Framed website for more info in ENGLISH or DUTCH.

While Awaiting an Unknown Future
3 November 2022 – 22 January 2023
Tuesday – Sunday 12:00-18:00
Free Entry