We want to express our solidarity
We want to express our solidarity to all who suffer from oppression, racism and inequality. We, as human beings, artists and as an art institution, have a long way to go and therefore we hope to contribute with our programme to the conversation and actions needed for change, although we are aware that it is a small contribution. We all must remain aware of our imperfections, blind spots, and the work we still have to do to move forward in this fight for human rights.
Must Read: The Lies That Bind Us, Kwame Anthony Appiah
Kwame Anthony Appiah is an influential Ghanaian-American philosopher, critic and writer, currently a professor at New York University. In 2019, the first edition of his book, De Leugens die ons binden, was published in the Netherlands. Appiah writes in this that we should not reduce ourselves to a single box (religion, country, color, class and culture). We have long known that a construct such as 'race' does not exist, but as the current situation shows, this still does not want to get through to everyone. Because we keep thinking in boxes, society is polarizing. In this book, Appiah writes about Euro-centrism, the meaning we attach to skin color, faith and much more. He analyzes, describes historical contexts and talks about his own experiences and life. An easy to read book that is important to read today.
Must See: A Case for Intersectional Thinking and Doing in the Arts, Nancy Jouwe
Interview cultuurhistoricus Nancy Jouwe in Trouw:
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Institutioneel racisme in Nederland: wat het is, waar het zit, en wat jij eraan kunt doen