About the part that art plays in a globalising society

Framer Framed

Mirjam Westen, Atousa Bandeh & Esiri Eriene-Essi

12 Jul 2016 – 20:00

Event: Farewell to the hermetic monoculture

Time 20:00 Location Framer Framed IJpromenade 2 1031 KT, Amsterdam Route Framer Framed can be reached from Amsterdam Centraal Station with the ferry ‘Buiksloterweg’. The entrance of the building is located directly on the cycle-path adjacent to the river IJ. The exhibition space is accesible through the restaurant THT. Free entry

Event in the context of the exhibition What We Have Overlooked (Amsterdam 2016), a collection presentation of Museum Arnhem at Framer Framed. This evening we are joined by artists Atousa Bandeh Ghiasabadi, Esiri Erheriene-Essi and Mirjam Westen, curator of the exhibition shown at Framer Framed from the 30th of June till the 21st of August.

With guests
– curator Mirjam Westen
– artist Atousa Bandeh Ghiasabadi, part of the exhibition with her work ‘Women Looking At Me’
– artist Esiri Erheriene-Essi, part of the exhibition with her work ‘The Benefit Of Being In a Gang’

Lecture by Mirjam Westen
Mirjam will talk about shifts in power and politics, turbulent developments in modern media and rising interest throughout the world for contemporary art which have prodded museums and other art institutions into new roles.
The distinction between Western and ‘non-Western’ artists is considered obsolete. Western artistic criteria are still dominant, but they are called into question more and more frequently. Awareness is growing that art is chameleonic and that the form it takes depends on context – local, national, international. Museums should acknowledge that their former Eurocentrism has outlived itself. It is no longer enough to conserve cultural heritage or serve as a platform for new arrivals on the scene.

More than ever, museums and other artinstitutions will have to point out new directions and provide critical interpretations of ties between local and worldwide developments. They can only do this if they are open to new understandings of their culture, understandings that are not defined by one group alone. They will have to say farewell to the prevailing hermetic monoculture. Their base in society may date from the historical past, but more than ever they will have to look actively for a ‘shared future’ with generations to come.

Afterwards Mirjam Westen will be joined by the two artists Esiri Erheriene-Essi and Atousa Bandeh Ghiasabadi in a panel discussion. The artists will present us with their perspectives on the exhibition and their own pieces.

Mirjam Westen
is a curator, critic and editor in the field of contemporary art, gender and global art. Her essays and reviews have been published in journals, art magazines and catalogues. She curated Prospects & Concepts with work by young artists (Van Nelle, Rotterdam), the international group show Threads and the solo presentation of Esiri Erheriene-Essi, titled Don’t Support the Greedy.

She organized Female Power (Arnhem 2013), rebelle. Art & Feminism 1969-2009. (Arnhem 2009) and was co-curator of A chacun sa grace. Femmes Artistes en Belgique et aux Pays-Bas 1500-1950 (Antwerp 1999-Arnhem 2000). Working as a senior curator of contemporary art in the Museum Arnhem (NL), she has curated numerous exhibitions from 1991 to the present day, amongst others, Kara Walker (2002), Emily Jacir (2003), Lida Abdul (2006), Regina Galindo (2007), L.A. Raeven (2010), Berni Searle (2011), Heidi Sincuba (2011) and Alicia Framis (2013). In addition to her curatorial and writing activities, she gives lectures. She is member of AICA, ArtTable, M/Other Voices and of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT). Recent publications include essays in n_paradoxa and in Changing Perspective. Dealing with Globalisation in the Presentation and Collection of Contemporary Art (2012).’

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Zanele Muholi - Miss D'vine I (2007), collectie Museum Arnhem

Exhibition: What We Have Overlooked

A collection presentation of Museum Arnhem, curated by Mirjam Westen


Esiri Erheriene-Essi


Atousa Bandeh Ghiasabadi


Mirjam Westen