Book launches: Changing Perspectives & UNFIXED

Thursday May 24, Starts at 7.30pm

Free entrance, reservations through:

The publications Changing Perspectives: Dealing with Globalisation in the Presentation and Collection of Contemporary Art and UNFIXED: Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art will be launched at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam.

From different angles, both publications address issues of globalisation and diversity in contemporary art. Along with introducing each publication, the evening will explore these themes through a panel discussion with international guests and an artist performance from Otobong Nkanga.

Changing Perspectives:

Dealing with Globalisation in the Presentation and Collection of Contemporary Art

Edited by Mariska ter Horst

The Netherlands sees an increasingly lively debate around globalisation and diversity in contemporary art. During the expert-meeting 'Collecting Without Borders' (Onbegrensd Verzamelen, 2009) professionals from art museums, ethnographic museums and cultural history museums spoke about presenting and collecting contemporary global art, exploring the opportunities for inter-museum interdisciplinary cooperation. Following the symposium a collection of twenty essays were compiled and edited by Mariska ter Horst. The publication Changing Perspectives: Dealing with Globalisation in the Presentation and Collection of Contemporary Art is published by KIT Publishers. The ongoing debate surrounding global art is sketched in this book from different perspectives: museum practice, academic debate and artistic and social critique. Integral component of the debate is the institutional self-reflection posing the question how various museums and art institutions approach developments such as globalisation in art. Investigating the ways in which it translates to exhibition practice and museum collection policy. Discussing processes of inclusion and exclusion along with mechanisms of (re) presentation.


Richard Appignanesi, Cas Bool, Jelle Bouwhuis, Derrick Chong, Wilfried van Damme, Paul Faber, Paul Goodwin, Mariska ter Horst, Edwin Jacobs, Meta Knol, Arjen Kok, Simon Njami, Georges Petitjean, Josien Pieterse, Tineke Reijnders, Janwillem Schrofer, Steven ten Thije, Leon Wainwright, Wouter Welling, Mirjam Westen, Kitty Zijlmans.

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Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art

Edited by Sara Blokland and Asmara Pelupessy

Jap Sam Books and UNFIXED Projects are pleased to release the publication UNFIXED: Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art. UNFIXED examines photography in postcolonial perspective through the diverse critical positions of an international group of writers, artists and scholars working within contemporary art, photography and cultural analysis. The publication is the finishing work of a multiplatform project that included an artist residency, exhibition, workshop and symposium. As a whole, UNFIXED engaged topics of cultural identity and history together with strategies of artistic research, photo theory and contemporary practices around making, using, studying and writing about photographs. Produced especially for this publication, UNFIXED presents new voices and visions in the form of nine visual and textual essays. These essays take unique stands towards photography and its history through an unconventional range of approaches and styles. Together with documentation of the different stages of the project, the essays explore topics such as the migration and circulation of photography, vernacular photography, archives, memory, diaspora, self-representation, appropriation, visual sovereignty, exoticism and cultural protocol.


Kobena Mercer, Keith Piper, Otobong Nkanga, Hank Willis Thomas, Charif Benhelima, Naro Snackey, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Andrea Stultiens, Pamela Pattynama, Yamini Nayar, Natalie Robertson, Rattana Vandy, Terry Kurgan, Quinsy Gario, Sandim Mendes, Habda Rashid, Lizza May David, Murtaza Vali, Kaddu Wasswa John, Arthur Conrad Kisitu.

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The two book launches are followed discursive program organized by Framer Framed:


Leen Beijers, Coordinator Museum aan de Stroom (MAS), Antwerpen, Belgium

Jonathan Harris, Director of Research Winchester School of Art, UK

Els van der Plas, Premsela, Dutch Platform for Design and Fashion.


Otobong Nkanga, Visual Artist and performer


Özkan Gölpinar, Program Manager Cultural Diversity, Mondriaan Fund

For information please see Framer Framed website.


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