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. The exhibitions are located at the intersection of contemporary art, visual culture and politics. The exhibitions show work by known and unknown artists who are active worldwide and relate to social issues. When putting together exhibitions, Framer Framed offers a platform to both established curators and new names.
In addition to each exhibition, there takes place an in-depth interdisciplinary public program, consisting of artist talks, lectures, film screenings and performances. Framer Framed opened an art and community space ‘Werkplaats Molenwijk’ for the neighborhood of the Molenwijk in Amsterdam Noord in 2018. In addition to many public gatherings, Josien realised more than 40 exhibitions on behalf of Framer Framed with various international guest curators.
Besides, Josien Pieterse is also the founder and director of Network Democracy, a Platform for democratic innovation. In 2014 she received 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.
Network Democracy is the initiator of the New Democracy series in collaboration with Pakhuis De Zwijger and a board member of the European Civic Forum (Brussels). Josien is chair of Consul Democracy Foundation, 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 the second prize of the annual Innovation Award from the Internet Society for their E-dem platform. Josien is a board member of the Keti Koti Tables and chair of the (A)WAKE program foundation of MONO (Rotterdam).
Josien encourages the 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, focussing on stimulating citizens’ initiatives and public debate. She was working as a curator of public programs for Felix Meritis and Utrecht’s debate platform Tumult.
From 2007-2017 Josien was working as an independent oral historian and researcher at Atria, knowledge institute for emancipation and women’s history. 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 – Discovering and Renewing (2008) about the rise of the women’s health movement. She did research and interview projects with women of 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. She started the oral history archive (video) of Atria together with Grietje Keller and Saskia Wieringa, and was also involved in the methodological development of the archive.