Zippora Elders

Zippora Elders is a curator and writer based in Amsterdam. She studied art history, heritage studies and curatorial practice at the UvA and VU University. She trained as a curator in a program at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, worked as a curator at Foam museum for photography and has written for art spaces, magazines and blogs. Since July 2016 she is the artistic director at Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, Island for Art and Heritage in The Netherlands. Her program is inspired by the genre of science fiction.

Reading Group Event The Art of Feminism GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER TOO?

Date: 3 April 2019
Time: 14.30 – 18.00 hrs
Location: De Kerk (Arnhem) / Sint Walburgisplein 1
Register before 28 March:
Free admission.
Dutch spoken event.

Beeld: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Too? van Patricia Kaersenhout

Interview & workshop met Patricia Kaersenhout (kunstenaar/activist), Simone Zeefuik (interview) & Veronique Efomi (spoken word)

Lezen, luisteren, discussiëren en borduren. Een programma naar aanleiding van de installatie Guess who’s coming to dinner too? van kunstenaar en activist Patricia Kaersenhout. Kaersenhout levert met dit project een artistieke kritiek op het werk The Dinner Party (1979) van feministisch beeldend kunstenaar Judy Chicago, waarin sterke vrouwen worden gevierd maar waarin zwarte vrouwen en vrouwen van kleur ondervertegenwoordigd zijn. De installatie, bestaande uit een grote, gedekte driehoekige eettafel, vormt een eerbetoon aan die vrouwen die zich in het verleden en heden hebben verzet tegen racisme en onderdrukking en zijn opgekomen voor gelijke rechten voor álle vrouwen. Kaersenhout brengt de verborgen levens van 36 heldinnen van verzet voor het voetlicht. Zoals dat van Sanite Belair, die in de achttiende eeuw vocht tegen de koloniale overheersing in Haïti en van Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, de twintigste-eeuwse strijdster voor vrouwenrechten in Nigeria. De installatie is voortgekomen uit een community art project en is nog niet af.

In een interview door Simone Zeefuik licht Kaersenhout het project toe. Spoken word kunstenaar Veronique Efomi treedt op en curator Mirjam Westen geeft een toelichting op de tentoonstelling Your Voice Matters waarin de installatie van Kaersenhout te zien is.

Tijdens de workshop is er de mogelijkheid om verder te borduren aan de tafelkleden. Ook bedenken de deelnemers een passende symboliek voor de glazen en borden die nog worden ontworpen.

Het programma is een samenwerking tussen de leesgroep ‘De Kunst van het Feminisme’ van ArtEZ studium generale, Mister Motley en Museum Arnhem.

Lees de volgende artikelen in Mister Motley:
Diversiteit is big business
Tempel: ‘Rebelse Trots’ van Patricia Kaersenhout|
Voorbereiding voor deelname aan de workshop is het lezen van de tekst ‘36 heldinnen van verzet’ door Patricia Kaersenhout (beschikbaar als pdf na aanmelding)

14.30 – 15.00 Ontvangst in de tentoonstelling Your Voice Matters door curator Mirjam Westen
15.00 – 15.40 Interview Patricia Kaersenhout door Simone Zeefuik
15.40 – 15.50 Spoken word door Veronique Efomi
16.00 – 17.45 Workshop met Patricia Kaersenhout (NB na aanvang geen toegang meer & voorbereiding door lezen tekst ’36 heldinnen van verzet’)

Meld je aan voor 28 maart bij

Kijk voor meer informatie op de gastenpagina voor Patricia Kaersenhout, Simone Zeefuik en Veronique Efomi.


Reading group The Art of Feminism with Zippora Elders

19.00-21.00 hrs
Location: WALTER books, Arnhem
Free admission. The reading group takes into account a bilingual audience (NL / ENG)
Picture: Tracey Emin, Untitled, (drawing 745 from One Thousand Drawings) 2000.

On Tuesday 12 March at 7 pm, ArtEZ Studium Generale organizes in collaboration with Mister Motley the sixth feminist reading group in WALTER books with curator and writer Zippora Elders. Everyone is welcome to participate. Register in advance by mailing to

 Procreation, privilege and politics: on the future of reproduction

You are the one
Solid the spaces lean on, envious.
You are the baby in the barn.

How does (being able to) make art relate to (being able to) bring forth new life?

In this reading group we enter into dialogue with Zippora Elsewhere about the future of reproduction. How does (being able to) make art relate to (being able to) bring forth new life? What does pregnancy mean for the experience of the self? To what extent is the desire or ability to reproduce a connector and divider, an attenuator and amplifier? How do traditions, commerce and word use around parenthood and reproduction form the position of those who can not or do not want to breed naturally? And in what ways are we to (continue to) preproduce ourselves depending on heteronormative, neoliberal or postcolonial structures? Do we see the future of procreation as a collective responsibility?



  • Shelley Jackson, Patchwork Girl (1995)
  • Donna Harraway, A Cyborg Manifesto (1985)


Zippora Elders is a curator and writer based in Amsterdam. She studied art history, heritage studies and curatorial practice at the UvA and VU University. She trained as a curator in a program at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, worked as a curator at Foam museum for photography and has written for art spaces, magazines and blogs. Since July 2016 she is the artistic director at Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, Island for Art and Heritage in The Netherlands. Her program is inspired by the genre of science fiction.


Nick and the Candlestick
By Sylvia Plath, 1960

I am a miner. The light burns blue.
Waxy stalactites
Drip and thicken, tears

The earthen womb
Exudes from its dead boredom.
Black bat airs

Wrap me, raggy shawls,
Cold homicides.
They weld to me like plums.

Old cave of calcium
Icicles, old echoer.
Even the newts are white,

Those holy Joes.
And the fish, the fish-
Christ! they are panes of ice,

A vice or knives,
A piranha
Religion, drinking

Its first communion out of my live.
The candle
Gulps and recovers its small altitude,

Its yellows heart.
O love, how did you get here?
O embryo

Remembering, just in tow,
Your crossed position.
The blood blooms clean

In you, ruby.
The pain
You wake to is not yours.

Love, love,
I have hung our cave with roses,
With soft backs

The last of Victoriana.
Let the stars
Plummet to their dark address,

Let the mercuric
Atoms that cripple drip
Into the terrible well,

You are the one
Solid the spaces lean on, envious.
You are the baby in the barn.

(HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 1992)

Nancy Jouwe

Nancy Jouwe (1967) is a lecturer, researcher and public speaker, active since 1993 in the NGO sector as a manager, director and cultural producer, with a focus on intersectionality, colonial history, arts, heritage and intercultural dialogue. She co-founded Framer Framed and stood at the basis of research project Mapping Slavery, a transnational research project that maps the Dutch colonial history of slavery. As an activist she’s been involved in the ‘80s and ‘90s with local squatters and transnational queer, indigenous, and women’s movements, incl. in SE Asia and the South Pacific. She comes from a family of political refugees that had to flee Indonesia in the beginning of the 60s, as her father was a political leader in the Papuan independence movement. She wrote extensively about Papuan issues, including women’s rights and the Papuan diaspora.

Till 2013 Nancy Jouwe was program director at Kosmopolis Utrecht, a platform that nourishes a dialogue between communities through art and culture, both nationwide and in an international context. Jouwe was also director of Papua Cultural Heritage Foundation in Utrecht.

Jouwe co-published several books, including Papua’s? Oja, die bestaan echt, hè? Een inventarisatie van de positie van Papuavrouwen in Nederland, 1958-1992 (with Marlise Mensink, 1993) and Caleidoscopische Visies. De zwarte, migranten- en vluchtelingenvrouwenbeweging in Nederland (with Maayke Botman and Prof. Gloria Wekker, 2000) and Paradijsvogels in de polder. Papoea’s in Nederland (KIT Publishers, 2012). In 2017 she contributed to the publication  Dutch New York Histories: Connecting African, Native American and Slavery Heritage (with Dienke Hondius, Dineke Stam en Jennifer Tosch, LM Publishers/Washington University Press).

Radio interview op VPRO met Nancy Jouwe
LM Publishers – Dutch New York Histories
Mapping Slavery NL
Stichting Papua Erfgoed – PACE
Kosmopolis Utrecht

Daan Borrel

Daan has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Literature Studies at the University of Amsterdam. During her studies she started writing for Babel, the university magazine of the Humanities. There she was also the chief editor for a year. After her studies she continued to write as a freelancer, she likes to choose her own projects and subjects. An assignment in her first year as a freelancer brought her into contact with the Taoist vision on sexuality. Because it is so different from the western one, she decided to find out how we view sexuality in the west.

Jens van Tricht

‘I am an idealist, an anarchist and a feminist. I believe in a better world. And I believe that we must all commit ourselves to this’.

A just society can not exist without equitable gender relations – between men, women and all those who do not want to be pigeonholed. And fair gender relations are unachievable if men don’t actively contribute to this. I believe we need feminism for a better world. And I believe that men need feminism for a better life. ”

Jens van Tricht (1969) studied women’s studies at the University of Amsterdam. He specialized in ‘men and masculinity’; academic, personal, activist and professional. He is the founder and director-director of Emancipator, an organization that promotes male emancipation.

Adeola Enigbokan

Adeola Enigbokan is an artist and urbanist based in Amsterdam. Her research practice is informed by theory and methods from environmental psychology, anthropology and historical studies. She conducts research on urban experience with architects, designers, educators and other social researchers in neighborhoods of New York, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Beijing, Mexico City and Amsterdam. In Piece-Walk/Free Zone, she created a walk through New York’s Garment District, based on research into the living conditions of garment workers between 1930 and 1980. For Under Construction/Working at the New Queens Museum, she designed a participatory public performance based on eight weeks spent working alongside a custodian, a curator, a development officer and an artist at the museum.

She holds an MPhil in Anthropology and Historical Studies from The New School for Social Research, and a PhD in Environmental Psychology from the City University of New York, based on her doctoral dissertation, Archiving the City: A Guide to the Art of Urban Interventions. She has taught in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society at New York University. She currently teaches Urban Sociology at the undergradute and graduate level at the University of Amsterdam. Her writing appears in the Journal of Urbanism, Cultural Geographies, The New Inquiry and Art and the Public Sphere.

Linda Duits

Linda Duits (Zeist, 1976) is an independent social scientist specialized in popular culture. She studied Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, with political theory and political behaviour as main subjects. She obtained her PhD at the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR) with an ethnographic study of girls’ culture in Dutch multicultural society. From January 2008 till August 2010, she was Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, teaching research methods and investigating the uses of popular culture in religion. In 2010, she decided to focus on the dissemination of academic knowledge to a larger audience. To this end, she started Diep. Linda is an active blogger, a columnist for Folia and a regular contributor to print media like NRC Handelsblad.

Simon(e) van Saarloos

Simon(e) van Saarloos is a writer and philosopher, living in New York and Amsterdam. She studied Philosophy and Literature studies at the University of Amsterdam and at the New School in New York City and is the author of several books. In the last Dutch general elections, Simon(e) was a candidate for the intersectional political party led by Sylvana Simons; Bij1.

Simon(e) speaks during the event How To Move From ‘I’ To ‘we’?

photo: Maaike Engels

The Art of Feminism: How To Move From ‘I’ To ‘we’?

The Art of Feminism
How To Move From ‘I’ To ‘we’?

ArtEZ Arnhem, Theatrium, theatre 2
19:00-21:00 hrs
You don’t need to register, just be on time and join us!

During this evening, we contemplate notions of the self in relation to collectivity. How do they move together with feminism? We invite scholars, activists and artists to explore the interconnectedness of feminist issues and to propose movement – towards solidarity and alliance.

This program is the kick off of the reading group The Art of Feminism by ArtEZ Studium Generale, WALTER books and Mister Motley in a new academic year. The evening is curated by Krista Jantowski.

With: Adeola Enigbokan (researcher), Simon(e) van Saarloos (writer), Lara Staal (moderator), Pelumi Adejumo (student Creative Writing), Eva Prakken (alumnus Creative Writing) and others.

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