Hotel Maria Kapel – an art space in Hoorn, the Netherlands – presents an afternoon of talks at Framer Framed, in the context of their two-year programme 'Undercurrents'.
The programme, and this event, investigates the relationship between historical and contemporary forms of movement and unequal division of labour and wealth. This includes both forms of movement pertaining to colonialism, trade and migration, as well as (and in relation to) the infrastructure and meaning of mobility in the cultural field.
The focus of this event is on the project 'In the Hold' by visual artist Vincent Vulsma, which will be the first exhibition at HMK as part of the Undercurrents programme. 'In the Hold' is based on the trade in tropical indigo and textiles, for which Vulsma researched the logistical systems of 17th and 18th century Dutch trading companies. The routes that the indigo followed in colonial times played an important role in the formation of the ‘modern’ world and the history of globalisation. By taking this project as a starting point, the speakers of this event respond to the entanglement of the infrastructures of culture and labour and unequal power structures within the colonial past, as well as the complicity of the cultural field in reproducing these infrastructures.
► Vincent Vulsma: The primary focus of Vincent Vulsma’s practice is the assessment of the tensions between the so-called autonomy of artworks and the socio-economical processes that are concerned with their production. Vulsma is interested in the different relations underlying artistic production, such as the unequal division of labour and forms of trade that precede the making of an artwork.
► Lora Sariaslan: Our second speaker is art historian Lora Sariaslan, previously curator at Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, and currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Amsterdam. Her presentation deals with the positioning and symbolic authority of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, one of the main destinations of artistic mobility in Amsterdam. Can we consider the Rijksakademie as a power broker in the artistic arena? Or even a contemporary ‘colonial’ power in its own right?
► Vivian Ziherl: Our last speaker, Vivian Ziherl, is founding director of art and research initiative Frontier Imaginaries, and a PhD candidate at Monash University. Ziherl’s presentation will reflect upon Vulsma’s interest in the relations of trade and production through the forthcoming Frontier Imaginaries EdNo.5 Handelsmerken (Trade Markings). This project asks how the notion of ’the frontier’ may be conceptualised from the perspective of the Netherlands.
► Moderator: Nat Muller. Nat Muller is an independent curator and critic based in Amsterdam. Her main interests include: the intersections of aesthetics, media and politics; media art, food and contemporary art in and from the Middle East.