doorlopend programma 2023–2024
Het programma krijgt vorm in publieksevenementen, filmavonden en andere presentaties bij Stroom. Hiervoor worden kunstenaars uitgenodigd om via hun werk perspectieven en (her)vertellingen te presenteren, in een wisselwerking tussen persoonlijke en collectieve geschiedenissen en speculaties op de toekomst.
Positions is Stroom’s program line that focuses on artists from The Hague and their contemporary art practices. With Positions: Afterlives, Stroom introduces a series of events in which artists depict the impact of the Dutch and Hague colonial past. Which factors, stories and systems shape our current living environment and reality and how do these legacies continue in the present? In other words, what are the afterlives of The Hague’s colonial past?
This year marks 150 years since slavery ended in the Netherlands. In 1873, they broke with the degrading series of laws that were introduced in The Hague. What are the contemporary effects of 400 years of colonial policy on our cultural archive, which bears the traces of this history? The ‘cultural archive’ is a term coined by researcher and writer Gloria Wekker to describe the multifaceted culture of culturally accepted norms, behavior and manners as they are expressed in the media, politics, education and popular culture.
Positions: Afterlives explores how artists in the royal city give shape to the experiences and realities that arise from the violent history of slavery. How do we remember collective traumas? How can dwelling on this history – through art – at the same time make room for togetherness?
The program takes shape in public events, film evenings and other presentations at Stroom. To this end, artists are invited to present perspectives and (re)tellings through their work, in an interaction between personal and collective histories and speculations on the future.