Amsterdam Refresh #2, War and Conflict
Oct 8, 2023 ⟶ 24 Feb, 2024
group exhibition with Nasam Abboud and Yazan Maksoud and Roua Jafar, Kristina Benjocki, Marcel van den Berg, Luan Buleshkaj, Dina Danish, Ehsan Fardjadniya and Raul Balai, Tina Farifteh, Clinton Kabena, Ayşen Kaptanoğlu, Susanne Khalil Yusef, Gert Jan Kocken, Senka Milutinović, Vika Mitrichenko, Sithabile Mlotshwa, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Ratu R. Saraswati, Anika Schwarzlose and Elena Khurtova, Victor Sonna, Handan Tufan, and We Sell Reality, curated by Imara Limon.
I will show two new works from my ongoing project on the Revolutionary Anti-Racist Action (RARA). This anonymous collective fought in the 1980s and 90s against racism, oppression, and exploitation – the ongoing legacy of Dutch imperialist history. The targets of RARA included Shell and Makro, companies that were profiting from apartheid in South Africa, and Dutch governmental institutions that were - and still are - responsible for Dutch intolerant asylum policy.
I am very excited to present my first film: Kosto. Grootschermer. Dertig minuten. (2023) at the Amsterdam Museum. Central to this new work is a dramatized account of events leading up to the RARA attack on the house of the state secretary of Justice Aad Kosto, who was responsible for Dutch asylum and immigration legislation, on November 19, 1991.
At the International Institute of Social History [IISH) I will present the installation Overtoom 274 (2023) on the occasion of the transfer of ARCH04547 — an archive dedicated to the Revolutionary Anti-Racist Action (RARA) — to the IISH, an internationally renowned archive that facilitates social historical research and generates insights about the origins, effects and consequences of social inequality.
The past 5 years I have been assembling materials and documenting my conversations with folks who were involved in RARA. With the knowledge in mind that so many histories of socialist resistance and activism have been lost due to acts of deliberate silencing, negligence, or a lack of access or interest, I feel honored that I, at least in part, have been able to document this past in solidarity with the involved activists, so that others in time will be able to research this history as well.
RARA in het archief: Revolutionaire Anti-Racistische Actie verbeeld en bewaard
Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis (IISG)
Oct 19, 2023
16:00 - 18:00
Naast de onthulling van het werk Overtoom 274 organiseert het IISG een gesprek rond kunst, activisme en het archief. Katía Truijen spreekt met Pieter Paul Pothoven en Sophie van den Elzen over het archiveren van activistische geschiedenissen en de rol die kunst daarin kan spelen, aan de hand van het RARA-archief dat Pothoven samenstelde
The Galaxy I Hide in, The Pile of Debris I Return to
publication in SERI(a) 3: Along the Lines
Thank you Furqat Palvan-Zade for the invitation to critically reflect on my lapis lazuli project and my visit to Afghanistan in 2009
Honored to be part of this book with contributions by Rouzbeh Akhbari, Tim Ingold, Olya Korsun, Furqat Palvan-Zade, Salome Phachuashvili
SERI(a) 3: Along the Lines is commissioned by the State Silk Museum in Tbilisi, Georgia, and published by Spector Books in collaboration with Kona Books
A Field Guide to Getting Lost
Het Nieuwe Domein
Apr 23, 2023 ⟶ 23 Aug, 2023
group exhibition with Wafae Ahalouch, Marwan Bassiouni, Jota Castro, Stefan Cools, Meshac Gaba, Edgar Heap of Birds, Basia Irland, Remy Jungerman, Anouk Kruithof, Gabriel Lester (feat. Robertas Narkus, Lisa Rosenblatt en Freek Wambacq), Pieter Paul Pothoven, Betye Saar, Joseph Sassoon Semah, Jessica Segall, Jennifer Tee, Ehsan Ul Haq & Iqra Tanveer and herman de vries
Zaak no. 2108/85
Nov 3, 2023 ⟶ 5 Nov, 2023
solo exhibition with Dürst Britt & Mayhew
Museum De Domeinen
2024, more info soon
Selected Projects 2012 - 2028
Fine Arts Work Center
Feb 10, 2023
Provincetown, MA, United States
Last Friday I gave a presentation about previous, ongoing and future projects. Abraham Storer wrote a nice article in The Provincetown Independent
Fine Arts Work Center
Oct 1, 2022 ⟶ 1 May, 2023
Provincetown, MA, United States
Happy to return to this amazing place as a second year fellow!
The other fellows are: Bhion Achimba, Clarisse Baleja Saïdi, Blake Daniels, Kim Coleman Foote, Georgia Dickie, Mark Joshua Epstein, Willie Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Flood, Yahna Harris, Kristy Hughes, Siennie Lee, Hannah Perrin King, Gothataone Moeng, John Murillo, Christa Romanosky, Tinja Ruusuvuori, Sichong Xie, Kieron Walquist and Jorrell Watkins
The Other Kabul
Sep 3, 2022 ⟶ 4 Dec, 2022
group exhibition curated by Susann Wintsch, with Baqer Ahmadi, Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai, Latifa Attaii, Jeanno Gaussi, Sher Ali Hossaini, Kubra Khademi, Shahida Shaygan, Mohsin Taasha Wahidi, Parastou Forouhar, Necla Rüzgar, Almagul Menlibayeva, Ursula Palla, Ifthikar Dadi and Elisabeth Dadi, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Chantal Romani and Monica Ursina Jäger
The Body Keeps the Score
Jul 16, 2022 ⟶ 28 Aug, 2022
group exhibition curated by Yuki Kho and Maurits de Bruijn with Alexis Blake, Lisa Ijeoma, Don Yaw Kwaning, Femmy Otten, Gerda Maas, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Margherita Soldati, Sarah van Sonsbeeck and Eva Spierenburg
The Weight of a Stone
Jul 28, 2022 ⟶ 17 Sep, 2022
Cape Town, South Africa
group exhibition curated by Thobile Ndenze and Lemeeze Davids with Belinda Blignaut, Donna Kukama, Tendai Mupita, Inga Somdyala, Jean-Marie Malan, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Rowan Blem, Seltamorago Mashilo, and Zayaan Khan
De kleur van oneindigheid
Jun 30, 2022
Schrijver en filmmaker Bianca Stigter schreef een stuk over blauw en noemt daarin twee werken die ik maakte met lapis lazuli.
Van Nelle Fabriek
May 19, 2022 ⟶ 22 May, 2022
duo exhibition with Marwan Bassiouni in booth 26 with Dürst Britt & Mayhew
Kabul - Amsterdam; lapis lazuli uit Afghanistan
Jan 24, 2022
online interview met Vincent van Velsen
Op uitnodiging van DIG (De Internet Gids) sprak ik met Vincent van Velsen over mijn lapis lazuli-project dat recent een vervolg kreeg en nu te zien is bij Dürst Britt & Mayhew. We spraken over mijn herinneringen aan Afghanistan, oude en nieuwe werken, en hoe mijn kijk op dit project door de jaren heen veranderde.
Dürst Britt & Mayhew
Dec 5, 2021 ⟶ 6 Mar, 2022
The Hague, Netherlands
solo presentation with new work in the front space of the gallery
AkzoNobel Art Foundation
Oct 29, 2021
The AkzoNobel Art Foundation is celebrating more than twenty-five years of of collecting art with the jubilee exhibition ALL EYES | We Are The Collection!
group exhibition with Natasja Kensmil, Afra Marciel Eisma, Remy Jungerman, Otobong Nkanga, Patricia Kaersenhout, Saskia Noor van Imhoff, Willem Hussem and many others
Re:Use Clinic #2 | Uncertain Archives ethical dilemmas
Apr 26, 2021
14:00 -16:00, via Zoom
Click here to book tickets via Eventbrite
ARIAS and Open Archief collaboratively organise Re:Use Clinic #2 | Uncertain Archives ethical dilemmas, a public event for heritage professionals, artists, and other interested parties, in the creative reuse of heritage collections.
The central issue of this clinic revolves around the uncertainty of the stories that archives tell. By listening to the matters and ethical questions that navigate the practices of Simone Zeefuik, the writer, cultural programmer, and director of the course Blacker Blackness at Sandberg Instituut, and Pieter Paul Pothoven, the artist-archivist, this clinic contemplates with its participants the ethical concerns arising when cultural heritage material is (re)used. How can archival engagement offer different and critical perspectives on historical narratives, identity, and representation? And what role do artistic tools such as fiction and imagination play in this respect?
Archival theorist Michael Karabinos is hosting the event and will moderate conversations between the speakers and the audience after the presentations.
For ARIAS this collaboration with IISG, HNI and Beeld & Geluid for Open Archief builds further onto the earlier Artists & Archivist series and the current thematic line Estuaries: Ways of Knowing. The Open Archief Re:Use clinics are a series of public events for heritage professionals and interested parties in the creative reuse of heritage collections. The clinics address matters essential for reusing collections and for the process of makers.
Kunst is Lang
Oct 26, 2020
Het tempo van afwisselingen en opkomende kunstenaars is hoog, de zendtijd voor hedendaagse kunst is bescheiden. Daarom maakt mister Motley samen met presentator Luuk Heezen sinds november 2015 het radioprogramma Kunst is Lang: een gesprek waarin een hedendaagse kunstenaar drie kwartier de tijd krijgt om te praten over zijn of haar kunst, het kunstenaarschap, en het wereldbeeld dat daarachter zit. Maandag 26 oktober is Pieter Paul Pothoven te gast.
In the Presence of Absence
Sep 5, 2020 ⟶ 31 Jan, 2021
Spanning more than 14 rooms, the interdisciplinary exhibition In the Presence of Absence presents a selection of (counter) narratives that challenge fixed ideas about our society and question how history is written. When not addressed by organizations such as schools, libraries, archives, and museums, the absence of these stories forms knowledge gaps within the public debates that shape our collective consciousness and memory.
this edition of the Proposals for Municipal Art Acquisitions is curated by Britte Sloothaak and Fadwa Naamna and includes the work of Sadik Afraji, Leonardiansyah Allenda, Kristina Benjocki, Kasper Bosmans, Rowena Buur, Anna Dasović, Timo Demollin, Quinsy Gario in collaboration with Mina Ouaouirst, Inas Halabi, Remy Jungerman, Natasja Kensmil, Sarah van Lamsweerde in collaboration with Leroy de Böck and Alicia Hoost, DOMINIQUE (Dominique Latoel), Ahmet Öğüt, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Our Polite Society, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Farida Sedoc, Ghita Skali, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Jennifer Tee, Gilleam Trapenberg and Werker Collective
media (in Dutch): OVT (Radio 1), NRC, Het Parool, Elsevier Weekblad, De Groene Amsterdammer, MetropolisM
Oct 9, 2020
Marijn Lems (theatercriticus) en Dionne Verwey (theatermaker en anchor van Radio Futura) gaan in gesprek met Khadija al Mourabit (filosoof en beleidsmedewerker van het Amsterdams fractiebureau van GroenLinks), politiek theatermaker Marjolijn van Heemstra en beeldend kunstenaar Pieter Paul Pothoven over polarisatie en de rol van kunst. Gemist? Luister hier het gesprek terug.
Art and Identities, Shifting Connotations
AkzoNobel Art Foundation
Sep 19, 2020
Essay written by Imara Limon for WE ARE THE COLLECTION!. This beautiful book is published on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the AkzoNobel Art Foundation. My series of photographs Laguard is featured alongside the works of Otobong Nkanga, Jennifer Tee and Zanele Muholi, amongst others.
Three Ecologies of Blue: In Search of Lapis Lazuli
Mar 26, 2020
Unfortunately this event is cancelled due to Covid-19.
Patricia Pisters and I will speak about Deep Blue Geomediations: Following Lapis Lazuli in Three Ecological Assemblages, an amazing essay she wrote for Substance (John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, US).
This conversation is part of Primary Colors, a program curated by Patricia Pisters, with Danielle Dean, Ngozi Onwurah, Rossella Biscotti, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Pieter Paul Pothoven, and Richard Misek.
This is just one of many amazing events of this year's Studium Generale Relating [to] Color, an extensive transdisciplinary theory program organized by the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Check it out!
F for Fact
Barbara Visser set up F for Fact, a new temporary program (MFA) at The Sandberg Instituut. I am excited to be involved as guest tutor. Application is open!
A Balancing Act, Working with the Revolutionary Anti-Racist Action
Sep 1, 2019
artist talk with Uriel Orlow
for more information please check the facebook event page
No you won’t be naming no buildings after me
Jul 12, 2019 ⟶ 22 Sep, 2019
group exhibition curated by Vincent van Velsen with Kader Attia, Kristina Benjocki, Marcel van den Berg, Alexis Blake, Aslan Gaisumov, Quinsy Gario & Glenda Martinus, Yoeri Guépin, Gert Jan Kocken, Dana Lixenberg, Taus Makhacheva, Uriel Orlow, Lydia Ourahmane, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Bert Scholten and Aimée Zito Lema
reviewed (in Dutch) by De Witte Raaf
Verzameld werk: de rijke collectie van Friesland
Apr 20, 2019 ⟶ 15 Sep, 2019
This exhibition shows recent acquisitions and donations, with contemporary works by Katja Mater, Annaleen Louwes, Oscar Santillan, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Emo Verkerk and Astrid Nobel
On the occasion of this exhibition, De Internet Gids republished De Lepel a short story I wrote in 2014. You can read it here (Dutch only)
AkzoNobel Art Space
Apr 20, 2018 ⟶ 20 Apr, 2020
group exhibition with work by Isaac Julien, Charles Avery, Otobong Nkanga, Michael Wolf, Guido van der Werve, and Gijs Frieling amongst others
History is His Story
Feb 15, 2019 ⟶ 14 Apr, 2019
Den Haag, NL
group exhibition curated by Heske ten Cate with Dean Bowen, Crystal Z Campbell, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Charl Landvreugd, Arna Mačkić, Sulaïman Majali, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Jaro Varga
exhibition design by Studio L A
reviewed by MisterMotley and MetropolisM (both in Dutch)
Who's afraid of the archive?
International Instititute of Social History
Oct 4, 2018
presentations and round table conversations organized by ARIAS & Humanities Cluster [HuC], KNAW
Deep Blue Geomediations: Following Lapis Lazuli in Three Ecological Assemblages
Very happy with this essay by Patricia Pisters in Rock Records, Substance volume 47 no. 2 (issue 146), 2018 (Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, US).
Aug 15, 2018 ⟶ 21 Sep, 2018
group exhibition with: Paul Barsch, Lysandre Begijn, Martin Belou, De Cleene De Cleene, Bram De Jonghe, Kasper De Vos, Kåre Frang, Olivier Goethals, Mathew Kneebone, Sophie Nys, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Stéphanie Saadé, Dries Segers, Santiago Taccetti and Chantal Van Rijt
Jun 18, 2018
work presentation with Sacatar fellows (Alexandra Pechman, Victoria-Idongesit Udondian, Erica Connerny, Paul Roth, Fábio Duarte and Carolyne Lee Wright)
Jun 11, 2018 ⟶ 6 Aug, 2018
Balancing, balancing, a conversation between Yvette Mutumba and Pieter Paul Pothoven
May 18, 2018
Balancing, balancing, covers (a few of many) topics discussed during an inspiring and afternoon long conversation I had with Yvette Mutumba, co-founder and editor in chief of C& magazine, and part of the curatorial team of the upcoming Berlin Biennial. Thank you Guus van Engelshoven (StudioGuste) and Imara Limon for editing!
Dürst Britt & Mayhew
May 5, 2018 ⟶ 23 Jun, 2018
The Hague, NL
facade suspended, my first solo exhibition at gallery Dürst Britt & Mayhew, sheds light on RARA, the Revolutionary Anti-Racist Action. During the 1980s and 1990s, this resistance collective fought against racism, oppression and exploitation, the ongoing legacy of Dutch imperialist history. The works on show are the first in a series in which I, in close consultation with RARA, both document and elaborate on this unprecedented case of post-war resistance. Point of departure for this exhibition is Overtoom 274, a house in Amsterdam that played a pivotal role in the exposure of RARA. facade suspended focuses on a police raid on the premises that took place in 1988, as well as on the facade, which is not only linked to RARA, but also has its own distinctive connection to the Dutch colonial past.
On the occasion of facade suspended, a text by historian and journalist Roeland Muskens (author of: On the right side, a biography of the Dutch anti-apartheidsmovement 1960-1990) with comments by RARA is published.
The Object as Intersection
Feb 8, 2018
interview by Sam Edens in Kunstlicht vol. 38, Mediated Imaginations: Technologies Touching upon Art (VU University, Amsterdam)
Launch at LIMA, Amsterdam, NL
Letter to "her"
Jan 18, 2018
publication in The Female Perspective
edited by Nina Folkersma in collaboration with Castrum Peregrini, with contributions by Lietje Bauwens, Mieke Bal, Michaël Defuster, Adeola Enigbokan, Nina Folkersma, Katerina Gregos, Lieneke Hulshof, Patricia Kaersenhout, Annet Mooij, Nat Muller, Josien Pieterse, Ronit Porat, Marjan Schwegman, Bianca Stigter, Renée Turner, Christel Vesters, David Whyte and Aimée Zito Lema.
book presentation at Framer Framed, Amsterdam, NL
What distinguishes the worst architect from best of bees?
Pratt Institute, New York, US
Oct 17, 2017
UNSEEN international photography fair
Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, NL
Sep 22, 2017 ⟶ 24 Sep, 2017
group exhibition with Jacqueline de Jong and Sybren Renema
Jonge vertegenwoordigers van het oude volk
article by Alix de Massiac
MetropolisM no.3, 2017
stone light mirror
Mediamatic, Amsterdam, NL
Jun 15, 2017 ⟶ 16 Jun, 2017
lecture during the Geo Media Research Network, a symposium with public presentations organized by Patricia Pisters (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis) and Adam Nocek (Laboratory for Critical Technics from Arizona State University), with amongst others: Jussi Parikka, Femke Herregraven, Lonnie van Brummelen and Jonathan Beller
Artists Weekend: Women and Resistance
Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, NL
May 5, 2017 ⟶ 7 Jan, 2018
series of screenings and presentations curated by Nina Folkersma with Lynn Herschman Leeson, Andrea Geyer, Bianca Stigter, Marjan Schwegman, Ronit Porat, Annet Mooij and Aya Johanna Danielle Dürst Britt
artist in residence
Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, NL
Mar 1, 2017 ⟶ 1 May, 2017
generously supported by the Mondriaan Fund
Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, NL
Dec 11, 2016 ⟶ 19 Mar, 2017
group exhibition with amongst others: Awoiska van der Molen, Renie Spoelstra, Arjan van Helmond, Paul Beumer and Karin van Dam
You Talkin' to Me?
Barbara Seiler, Zürich, CH
Nov 25, 2016 ⟶ 14 Jan, 2017
group exhibition with Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Sophie Jung, Jan Kiefer, Bernhard Martin, Sara Masüger, Inga Meldere, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Claus Richter, Jaanus Samma, Francisco Sierra
Sunsets never looked as stunning as through the haze of factory sooth
Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL
Sep 10, 2016 ⟶ 14 Oct, 2016
group exhibition with Alexandra Navratil and Vincent Vulsma
Goethe Institute, Salvador, BR
Jun 9, 2016
with Kara Crombie, Caroline Rodrigues, Oksana Zabuzhko, Phillip Boehm, Ana Paula Hofling
Jun 1, 2016 ⟶ 31 Jul, 2016
Independent Art Fair
Vanderborght Building, Brussels, BE
Apr 20, 2016 ⟶ 23 Apr, 2016
with Dürst Britt & Mayhew
duo presentation with Raúl Ortega Ayala
Jan van Eyck Academie
Mar 10, 2016 ⟶ 12 Mar, 2016
Garage, Rotterdam, NL
Mar 4, 2016 ⟶ 1 May, 2016
group exhibition curated by Yasmijn Jarram with Adam Helms, Irene Kopelman, Otobong Nkanga, Ben Russel, Chaim van Luit
Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague, NL
Apr 9, 2016 ⟶ 14 May, 2016
group exhibition with Alexandre Lavet, Raúl Ortega Ayala, Sybren Renema, Puck Verkade