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Thuis in de Molenwijk

17 May –
14 Jun 2021

At Home in Molenwijk

Join the photography project ‘At Home in de Molenwijk’. This project for newcomers with a refugee background (16+) in the Molenwijk starts in May. The project is organised by Mieke Kox and Ilse van Liempt of Utrecht University, Karine Versluis (Picture Bridge Foundation) and Framer Framed.

During five workshops in May and June 2021, you will be introduced to a course that teaches you how to tell a story through photographs. The workshops are for every level. At the end of each workshop you will receive a short homework assignmen. The photos will be published during an exhibition in Werkplaats Molenwijk, on the website refugeeyouthinpublicspace.sites.uu.nl and on the website and social media page of Framer Framed and Picture Bridge Foundation. This also can be done anonymously.

The meetings will take place on:
May 17, May 25, May 31, June 7, June 14
Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Mail Mieke Kox m.h.kox@uu.nl

Werkplaats Molenwijk
Molenaarsweg 3
1035EJ Amsterdam


Refugee Youth in Public Space is a research project by Utrecht University into the experiences of young refugees and asylum seekers in public space in Amsterdam. This research looks at the role of social and cultural institutions in relation to the experiences of young asylum seekers and refugees. How are they received in Amsterdam by the government, social organisations and other inhabitants of Amsterdam? The project investigated how young asylum seekers and refugees experience public space and feel free and are able to express themselves in public city life. BOOST (East) and Framer Framed (East and North) function as a point of departure for research of the department of Urban Geography. All parties involved are committed to create a safe cultural infrastructure for young refugees and asylum seekers.

Utrecht University participates in several activities of Framer Framed to observe the role art can play in the daily lives of young migrants. The researchers actively participated in programmes in both venue’s in Amsterdam East and North. In Amsterdam North, in the Molenwijk quarter projects such as the Food Bank, Molenwijk door elkaar (with BMP) and At Home in the Molenwijk are examples of community art projects initiated by Framer Framed. In this line, together with photographer Karine Versluis, At Home in the Molenwijk offering a free entry photography workshop series that resulted in a presentation in Werkplaats Molenwijk.

In Amsterdam East, together with art collective We Sell Reality and Elke Uitentuis, a year long project is being realized that culminated in the exhibition Power Play – Deals All Over (2021) . The We Sell Reality collective consists of 15 social designers, most of whom are refugees in limbo. We Sell Reality’s projects express their experience with a Europe that disappoints through its failing asylum policy. While one person is free to cross borders as they like, the other is being shut out. The collective reflects on the situation of dependency that is being created and make visible the refugee’s daily struggle for survival. But We Sell Reality also showcases the pride, love and strength of the participants. Carola Vasileiadi, one of Framer Framed’s interns from the University of Utrecht department of Urban Geography has been working with We Sell Reality for over half a year and wrote her Masters Thesis on the collective and project. Read more how ‘How collective We Sell Reality sheds light on Europe’se failing refugee policy’.

At Home in the Molenwijk is supported by HERA, Humanities in the European Research Area.

Photography / Amsterdam Noord / Molenwijk /


Conference: Refugee Youth, Public Space and Artistic Practice
A research project by Utrecht University in collaboration with Framer Framed and BOOST
Revealing of tapestry: De Molenwijk door elkaar
With Stichting BMP and Werkplaats Molenwijk community in OBA Molenwijk
Finissage: Thuis in de Molenwijk
A festive conclusion of the exhibition at Werkplaats Molenwijk
Exhibition: At Home in Molenwijk
A Retrospective on 'Home in the Molenwijk' at Werkplaats Molenwijk


Karine Zenja Versluis