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Works by Antonio Jose Guzman
Ancestral Blues - Return to the State of L3 (2015) Foto: Marlise Steeman / Framer Framed
Ancestral Blues - Return to the State of L3 (2015) Foto: Marlise Steeman / Framer Framed
Ancestral Blues - Return to the State of L3 (2015_. Foto: Marlise Steeman / Framer Framed
Works by Antonio Jose Guzman

16 Sep –
11 Oct 2015

Exhibition: Ancestral Blues - Return to the State of L3

Open September 16 – October 11, 2015 Locatie Framer Framed in the Tolhuistuin IJpromenade 2 Amsterdam Route Framer Framed in the Tolhuistuin is accessible from Amsterdam Centraal Station with the ferry to ‘Buiksloterweg’. The entrance to the building is located directly on the cycle-path adjacent to the river IJ. The exhibition space is then accesible through the restaurant THT.

The exhibition Ancestral Blues – The Return to the State of L3 (2015) is curated by Vincent van Velsen, drawing on the work of international art collective The State of L3.

Participating artists
Raul Balai,
Femi Dawkins,
Raquel van Haver,
Antonio Jose Guzman,
Amanda Koelman,
Fleur Ouwerkerk.

Exchange, change, and DNA are central themes within the international artist collective The State of L3. The diversity within the collective cannot be reduced to a particular historical location, event or background, but is taken as a present multi-faceted reality. Although The State of L3 is an international collective spanning three continents, this particular exhibition is made up of its Amsterdam-based members. The role of DNA provides an important analogy for the collective, and comes to stand for the complicated ways in which various influences over time converge in a new coherent whole. In the same way, the individual members of the collective can no longer be traced back to their origins. From within this hybrid body, the collective contributes to building a new whole, a veritable contemporary collage.

Present reality, in this way, presents itself as the result of various historical processes. Changes in geographical location have occurred both voluntarily and involuntarily over the past centuries; historically often across waters, today also by air. Both these elements are blue. The colour blue and its transcendental connotations and associations, combined with the personal and cultural-historical backgrounds of the individual artists, form the point of departure for the exhibition Ancestral Blues. The exhibition centers on exchange, transformation and migration, but also incorporates the concepts of networks, connections, W.E.B. Dubois double consciousness, Paul Gilroys Black Atlantic, tricksters, afro-futurism and Créolité – all within the Amsterdam context.

At the request of Framer Framed, Shaheen Merali led a master class for the participating State of L3 artists.

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Ancestral Blues  – The Return to the State of L3 has been made possible through the support of the Mondriaan Fund and the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (AFK). Below a video with a guided tour through the exhibition by Antonio Jose Guzman. Photography: Marlise Steeman, video: Eshan Fardjadniya.

Migration / Caribbean / Diaspora /


Exhibition: Common Ground

Featuring work by Charl Landvreugd and Antonio Jose Guzman


Diasporic self: sound as lingua franca
The closing event to the exhibition 'Ancestral Blues'.


Vincent van Velsen

Art critic and curator

Antonio Jose Guzman


Raul Balai


Amanda Koelman


Fleur Ouwerkerk


Femi Dawkins


Raquel van Haver

Foto: Floren van Olden

Shaheen Merali

Curator, Author, Artist