WHAT'S AT STAKE
Perceptions of Womenhood
Group expo by Lisa van Oosten, Rosalynnn van Hummel en Tuï Mae Riebeek
Witches. Can you picture them? What do you see? Old, mean, ugly women with crooked noses and black, pointy hats? Flying off on their broomsticks into the night sky, leaving you with nothing but wicked laughter? Yes, we also got most of our witch-framework reading Roald Dahl and watching Walt Disney. But where did they get their persistent imagery from?
In the 15th century, religious institutions started a femicide, crusading against the "heretic" practice of witchcraft. Eve already picked evil with her apple, "proving" women to be the 'morally and physically weaker sex'. If a woman would be any other than moderately beautiful, meek and submissive, she must have made a sexual pact with the Devil. And she must pay. Put to trial and burned at the stake. Medieval times call for medieval measures.
But what's at stake if we put a woman's embodiment and right of existence in such a strong chokehold? Or better still, what is to gain if we allow womanhood to exude the full spectrum it encompasses? If we allow each other freely to embody our own nature? What is to gain if we see the sacred instead of the cursed?
In 'What's at stake? Perceptions on Womanhood', the artists Lisa van Oosten, Rosalyn van Hummel and Tuï Mae Riebeek investigate these questions and try to restore and expand the depiction and validation of the 'witch'.
Come, experience and discuss this phenomenon together with us on the opening party Friday 2nd of June
August 4, September 12
Jaap Kamsma is a quirky paining artist with his studio located in the ZAMENHOF complex. His recent work is on display from two different series. Strange Landscapes; about landscapes and cityscapes depicted with a surrealistic touch and Science and Fiction; about nature, flora and fauna which is partly inspired by Science Fiction writers such as Frank Herbert, Arthur c. Clark and Asimov.
These two series together make a journey through the imagination and observation.
Opening Friday August 4, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. You are very welcome, please claim your free ticket if you're coming for the trip.