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24 May 2012 – 19:30

Booklaunch: Changing Perspectives & UNFIXED



Changing Perspectives & UNFIXED


May 24 2012, 19.30 hour


Stedelijk Museum Bureau AmsterdamSMBA
Rozenstraat 59, Amsterdam The Netherlands




Two upcoming publications give an impression of the current debate about globalization and diversity in contemporary art.

Following the conference Onbegrensd Verzamelen (Collecting Without Borders, 2009) the publication under the editorship of Mariska ter Horst Changing Perspectives: Dealing with Globalisation in the Presentation and Collection of Contemporary Art (KIT Publishers 2012) is to be launched. The other publication to be launched that same evening is UNFIXED: Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art (UNFIXED Projects and Jap Sam Books, 2012), edited by Sara Blokland and Asmara Pelupessy.

Changing Perspectives
The Netherlands sees a lively increase in the debate around globalization and diversity in contemporary art. During the conference Collecting Without Borders (2009) professionals from art museums, ethnographic museums and cultural history museums spoke about presenting and collecting contemporary global art, exploring the opportunities for inter-museum interdisciplinary cooperation. Following the symposium the essays presented during the conference were edited by Mariska ter Horst, forming thus the body of publication Changing Perspectives: Dealing with Globalisation in the Presentation and Collection of Contemporary Art, published by KIT Publishers. The ongoing debate surrounding global art is sketched in this book from different perspectives: museological practice, academic debate and artistic and social critique. Integral component of the debate is the institutional self-reflection posing the question how various museums and art institutions approach developments such as globalization in art. Investigating the ways in which it translates to exhibition practice and museum collection policy. Discussing processes of inclusion and exclusion along with mechanisms of (re) presentation. Contributions to the volume among others are Richard Appignanesi, Leon Wainwright, Simon Njami and Paul Goodwin position themselves within a broader international context.

At the same time, Jap Sam Books and UNFIXED Projects are releasing the publication UNFIXED: Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art. Edited by Sara Blokland (NL) and Asmara Pelupessy (US/NL), this publication is part of a longer term project that included an artist-residency, symposium and exhibition at CBK Dordrecht (2010). The book explores photography from a postcolonial perspective with contributions from an international group of writers, artists and researchers working in contemporary art, photography and cultural analysis. Critical topics include such as the migration and circulation of photography, vernacular photography, archives, memory, diaspora, self-representation, appropriation, visual sovereignty, exoticism and cultural protocol.

Contributors include Kobena Mercer (UK), Keith Piper (UK), Otobong Nkanga (NG/FR), Hank Willis Thomas (US), Charif Benhelima (BE), Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (Diné Nation/US), Pamela Pattynama (NL), Yamini Nayar (US), Murtaza Vali (IN), Sandim Mendes (NL), Habda Rashid (UK), Terry Kurgan (ZA), Rattana Vandy (KH), Lizza May David (DE), Natalie Robertson (NZ), Andrea Stultiens (NL), Kaddu Wasswa John (UG), Arthur Conrad Kisitu (UG) and Quinsy Gario (CU/SM).

For more information on UNFIXED and to pre-order with a discount please visit www.unfixedprojects.org

The booklaunches are followed by a panel discussion.

Leen Beijers, Coordinator Museum aan de Stroom (MAS), Antwerpen, Belgium
Jonathan Harris, Director of Research Winchester School of Art, UK
Els van der Plas, Premsela, Dutch Platform for Design and Fashion,
Roel Arkensteijn, Curator  at museum Het Domein.

Otobong Nkanga
, Visual Artist and performer

Özkan Gölpinar, Program Manager Cultural Diversity, Mondriaan Fund


Collecting without Borders
Ethnographic, historical and art museums in dialogue on collecting and presenting global art.


Roel Arkesteijn


Leen Beyers

Head of Research at the MAS - Museum aan de Stroom

Mariska ter Horst

Art Historian, curator
Foto Wolfgang Guenzel

Otobong Nkanga

Visual Artist and performer

Özkan Gölpinar


Jonathan Harris

Professor in Global Art & Design Studies and Director of Research at WSA

Sara Blokland

Artist, Curator and Researcher

Asmara Pelupessy

Curator, writer