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19 Jan –
11 Mar 2018

Exhibition: Some Things Hidden

A group exhibition at Framer Framed in collaboration with Castrum Peregrini


Nina Folkersma & Charlott Markus.
Participating artists:
Hélène Amouzou (TG, 1969), Alexis Blake (US, 1981), Sara Blokland (NL, 1969), Zhana Ivanova (BG, 1977), Lynn Hershman Leeson (US, 1941), Bertien van Manen (NL, 1942), Charlott Markus (SE, 1974), Shana Moulton (US, 1976), Femmy Otten (NL, 1981), Marijn Ottenhof (NL, 1985), Cauleen Smith (US, 1967) en Batia Suter (CH, 1967).

Some Things Hidden is a group exhibition about hiding and the hidden, and about the politics of (in)visibility, curated by Nina Folkersma and artist Charlott Markus. The exhibition – previously on show in a more performative, smaller version at Castrum Peregrini (18 – 26 Nov 2017) – consists of a carefully selected combination of existing and new works by upcoming and internationally renowned artists of different generations.

This exhibition’s point of departure is artist Charlott Markus’ family history relating to her great aunt, a Jewish woman who managed to ‘hide’ during World War II in Berlin, while still partaking in public life – in a manner of speaking hiding in plain sight. At Castrum Peregrini, a former safehouse during the war, which is now a cultural institution, the exhibition was mainly centred on hiding as a way of staying alive. What does ‘hiding’ mean today? What threats do we have to hide from and what things do we hide from ourselves?

At Framer Framed, the focus is on the politics of (in)visibility. A status of (in)visibility is not neutral – so who decides what is and is not made visible in society? Which people, images, and habits are given visibility and in the process are considered ‘normal’? Who or what gets less prominence and as a consequence remains ‘hidden’? And which parts of our histories are/are not emphasized in our grander, national narratives?

The exhibition also addresses the importance of personal stories and strategies to combat this structural invisibility. Who are these ‘invisibles’ and are they truly invisible if defined as such? When can (in)visibility be considered a choice or a form of resistance?

Hélène Amouzou – Self-portrait (2009)

The exhibition at Castrum Peregrini took place from 18 November – 26 November 2017 and showed specially made in situ works and performances by Alexis Blake (US, 1981), Sara Blokland (NL, 1969), Zhana Ivanova (BG, 1977), Charlott Markus (SE, 1974), Shana Moulton (US, 1976), Femmy Otten (NL, 1981) and Marijn Ottenhof (NL, 1985). The exhibition at Framer Framed is on show from 19 January – 11 March 2018 and includes spatial works, installations and photography. In addition to the artists mentioned above, the exhibition at Framer Framed is further complemented with existing or new work by Hélène Amouzou (TG, 1969), Lynn Hershman Leeson (US, 1941), Bertien van Manen (NL, 1942), Cauleen Smith (US, 1957) and Batia Suter (CH, 1967).

Some Things Hidden is part of the year program The Female Perspective at Castrum Peregrini, curated by Nina Folkersma. On the occasion of the exhibition and the end of the year program, an extensive magazine will be presented: the Some Things Hidden part is focused on the exhibition concept, the participating artists and the art works on show; the other part is dedicated to the programs that took place as part of The Female Perspective. Next to the exhibition at Framer Framed, an extensive public program will take place. More information coming soon.

Made possible by: Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture & Science, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Tolhuistuin and Mondriaan Fund.

>>Read more on the previous Some Things Hidden exhibition at Castrum Peregrini


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Finissage Some Things Hidden

With a guided tour by artist Charlott Markus and a conversation between artist Lynn Hershman Leeson & curator Nina Folkersma

Some Things Hidden: Tour by artist Charlott Markus

Some Things Hidden: Tour by curator Nina Folkersma
Some Things Hidden: film screening ‘Herengracht 401’
Documentaire over de complexe geschiedenis van Castrum Peregrini, gevolgd door een gesprek met filmmaker Janina Pigaht, Lars Ebert (Castrum Peregrini) en Josien Pieterse
Performance: Alexis Blake – Anthology of Anger
Performance in the context of exhibition Some Things Hidden,


Nina Folkersma

Curator and art critic

Charlott Markus

Artist, curator

Hélène Amouzou


Bertien van Manen


Zhana Ivanova

Alexis Blake


Femmy Otten


Shana Moulton


Cauleen Smith


Lynn Hershman Leeson


Marijn Ottenhof


Batia Suter


Sara Blokland

Artist, Curator and Researcher