About the part that art plays in a globalising society

Framer Framed

Josien Pieterse

Josien is, together with Cas Bool, founder and co-director of Framer Framed. Framer Framed is a platform for art and culture, with an exhibition space in Amsterdam. Their exhibitions are located at the intersection of contemporary art, visual culture and politics. The exhibitions present work by known and unknown artists, who are active worldwide and address social issues. In addition to many public gatherings, Josien realized more than 60 exhibitions on behalf of Framer Framed with various international guest curators. When organizing exhibitions, Framer Framed offers a platform to both established curators and new names. In addition to each exhibition, an in-depth, interdisciplinary public program takes place, consisting of artist talks, lectures, film screenings and performances.

In 2018 Framer Framed opened an art and community space ‘Werkplaats Molenwijk’ for the Molenwijk neighborhood in Amsterdam North. Each year Werkplaats Molenwijk offers artist in residence for two artists to work on new projects.

Josien Pieterse was founder and ten years director of Network Democracy, a platform for democratic innovation. In 2014, she received the oeuvre prize, ‘Radical Innovators’, from the journalistic magazine Vrij Nederland for her work with Network Democracy. Network Democracy co-initiated the whistleblower website PubLeaks, widely supported by a range of national newspapers and magazines. She was also the initiator of Voorjebuurt, a crowdfunding platform for neighborhood initiatives. Both PubLeaks and Voorjebuurt are now independent foundations.

Josien Pieterse on behalf of Network Democracy initiated the New Democracy, a running series of 50 panel discussions in collaboration with Pakhuis De Zwijger. and a board member of the European Civic Forum (Brussels). Josien is chair of the Consul Democracy Foundation, which is based on a democracy platform developed by the municipality of Madrid: an open source, shareable and privacy-aware tool for direct democracy and economic empowerment of citizens. In 2018, Network Democracy received second prize from the annual Innovation Award from the Internet Society.

Josien encourages public conversation and has designed hundreds of programs in recent years. For many years, she was chair of the Association of Dutch Debate Centers and coordinator of the Forum for Democratic Development, focusing on stimulating citizens’ initiatives and public debate. She also worked as a curator of public programs for Felix Meritis and Utrecht’s debate platform Tumult. Josien was board member of the Keti Koti Tables and chair of the (A)WAKE program foundation of MONO (Rotterdam).

From 2007-2017, Josien worked as an independent oral historian and researcher at Atria, an institute for emancipation and women’s history in Amsterdam. Josien directed two documentaries about the women’s movement: Fem.doc (2002) – about the legacy of the second feminist wave – and Women’s Health Movement and Discovering and Renewing (2008) – about the rise of the women’s health movement. She did research and interview projects with women from the Communist Party of the Netherlands (CPN), pioneers of safe-houses for women (Blijf van m’n Lijf-huizen), feminists within the church and female victims of abuse within the Catholic Church. Josien started Atria’s oral history archive (in video) together with Grietje Keller and Saskia Wieringa, and she was also involved in the methodological development of the archive.


Book Launch: Debaltsevo, Where Are You?
by Karine Zenja Versluis book launch and exhibition opening
Symposium: This is Our Audience - Other Ways of Reporting
A symposium on qualitative methods of audience reach and evaluation
Educational series: Broadcasting from Babylon
On intersectional feminist, queer, and anti-colonial embodied, listening and sounding practices.
Opening: exhibition UnAuthorised Medium
With curator Annie Jael Kwan and participating artists Noel Ed De Leon, Sau Bin Yap, Erika Tan, and Sung Tieu.
Some Things Hidden: Film screening 'Herengracht 401'
Documentary on the controversial history of Castrum Peregrini, followed by a conversation with filmmaker Janina Pigaht, Frans Damman (Castrum Peregrini) and Josien Pieterse.
Young Collector's Circle at Framer Framed: Engaged Art
Why is it interesting for a collector to immerse himself in engaged art?
Oral History and the audiovisual archive
Oral history as a complementary to the archive of written historical sources.


Amsterdam Noord / Gentrification /

Unsolicited Advice: from the Amsterdam Art Council to the Councilor

The living archive /

Publication: Lost and Living (in) Archives

Museology / Collection development / Global Art History /

Publication: Changing Perspective

Feminism / Collection development / The living archive /

Publication: Traveling Heritages

Feminism / Oral History /

Documentary: Feminism and healthcare in the 70’s and 80’s in the Netherlands

Education / Ecology / Art and Activism / Planetary Poetics /

Planetary Poetics: a two-year Masters programme

Community & Learning / Shared Heritage / Colonial history / Museology /

Report: Decolonial Futures with Ariella Aïsha Azoulay

Thuis in de Molenwijk - Werkplaats Molenwijk
Photography / Community & Learning / Migration / Molenwijk /

Photography project: At Home in Molenwijk

Fotografie: Anoek Steketee
Art and Activism / Action Research / Community & Learning / Residencies /

Atelier KITLV-Framer Framed: Experimental Knowledge in Art, Activism, and Academia

Contested Heritage / Colonial history / Museology /

Expertmeeting on the presentation of contested heritage at Westfries Museum


For Framer Framed it all revolves around telling a different story

Werkplaats Molenwijk
Amsterdam Noord / Community & Learning / Molenwijk /

Framer Framed in the Molenwijk district


NRC - 'Weg met stempel ‘cultureel divers’

Oral History /

Report: Erfgoedarena on Oral History

Feminism /

Documentary: Fem.doc

Oral History / Feminism /

Artikel: Dans om de camera

Gentrification / Feminism / Art and Activism /

Artikel: De levensloop van een ideaal. Over de genderpolitiek van de kraakbeweging en het broedplaatsen beleid van de gemeente Amsterdam