Nagaré Willemsen

18 December 2019

Nagaré Willemsen is visual artist and coordinator of the Black Student Union at Sandberg Instituut and Gerrit Rietveldacademie. As a Sandberg alumnus she is interested in working with re-enactment and performance to explore her relationship to Blackness within White spaces. Her final piece at Sandeberg, My Black Body: A Letter Addressing Racial Concerns (2018), was a performative reading of a letter she has written to the teaching staff of the main department Dirty Art and future Black students at the institute. It outlines her experience of racism and the lack of support she received during her studies. It ends with recommendations for the appointment of more Black teaching staff and diversity initiatives to increase the Black student body at the Sandberg.