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Framer Framed

Still - 'Tussenlanding' by Dennis Overeem

3 Nov 2022
17:00 - 19:00

Opening: While Awaiting an Unknown Future

Join us on the 3rd of November from 17:00 until 19:00 for the opening of While Awaiting an Unknown Future. The exhibition presents the work of two artists — Karen G. and Ribal  El Khatib — made during their stay in an asielzoekerscentrum (AZC–asylum seekers’ centre). Heritage researchers Milena Mulders, Hanneke Verbeek, Artists Ribal El Khatib, Karen G, Poet Babeth Fonchie and Journalist Mina Etemad will be joining us at the opening, where director Dennis Overeem’s short docu Tussenlanding will also be screened.

Please let us know if you join the opening

Framer Framed collaborated with the artists, Milena Mulders and Hanneke Verbeek on this self-contained exhibition, which is in dialogue with the Gluklya’s current exhibition To those who have no time to play.

How can we reflect and commemorate places where we had to inhabit for a certain, unknown period? Places where memories were created, that were detrimental to the forming of one’s identity and that even gave a sense of home? How do we remember these places that oftentimes no longer exist? What does it mean for the people involved when these places vanish without a trace, without any physical archive?

Thousands of Dutch people share memories of time spent at an AZC throughout the country, but there is little to no physical archive of this part of Dutch heritage. How can citizens with a refugee background remember their first place of residence in the Netherlands when there are no traces left?

Architect and artist Ribal El Khatib started working on his body of work The Gap whilst awaiting an unknown future in six different AZCs. He encountered the exact same interior everywhere. The Gap showcases furniture as a recurring sight in different capacities. Recognisable to anyone who has ever lived in an AZC.

Ten years ago, Karen G., former inhabitant of AZC Klompjan in Markelo, built an accurate maquette of the AZC he lived in. The AZC in Markelo was closed in 2012 and with it the community it embodied for its inhabitants, disappeared. The maquette became an object of remembrance to many.

This exhibition is part of the project Tussenlanding: een tastbare herinnering aan tijdelijkheid. It was made possible in part by the Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie / Verken de Faro-werkwijze, the DOEN Foundation and VSB Fund.

Framer Framed is supported by Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Stadsdeel Oost.

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Exhibition: While Awaiting an Unknown Future

With work by Karen G. & Ribal El Khatib — made during their stay in an asylum seekers' centre (asielzoekerscentrum)


Karen G.

Photo of Iztok Klančar

Iztok Klančar

Visual storyteller
Photo of Dennis Overeem

Dennis Overeem

Writer, director and actor

Mina Etemad

Freelance journalist, podcast maker and presenter

Babeth Fonchie

Lawyer and poet
Foto Hanneke Verbeek

Hanneke Verbeek

Photo of Ribal Elkhatib

Ribal Elkhatib

Architect & photographer

Milena Mulders

Researcher in the arts and heritage sector