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Framer Framed presents (un)Common Grounds: Reflecting on documenta fifteen

September 23–24, 2022

A two-day hybrid forum called (un)Common Grounds is jointly organized by Framer Framed, the Akademie van Kunsten (Society of Arts), and the Van Abbemuseum. The forum brings together a network of thinkers and speakers to debate the problems brought up during documenta fifteen’s 100 days in Kassel, Germany. We exchange and learn from many viewpoints, experiences, and views of the exhibition along with documenta fifteen artists and collectives, museum professionals, cultural historians, and activists.

Contributors and Collectives: Ade Darmawan, Alexander Supartono, Benjamin Seroussi, Charles Esche, Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, David Duindam, Esther Captain, Eyal Weizman, Fernando Garcia Dory, Florian Cramer, Gertrude Flentge, Grace Leksana, INLAND, Jonas Staal, Kerstin Winking, Lara Khaldi, Layal Ftouni, Maissan Hassan, Mitchell Esajas, Mirjam Shatanawi, Mohanad Yaqubi, The Black Archives, The Question of Funding, ruangrupa, Reem Shilah, Subversive Film, Taring Padi, Wayne Modest, Yazan Khalili, Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide, Zippora Elders, THE PALACE OF FLOWING WATER.

Despite the discussion being heavily influenced by the exhibition, the topics will be much more global in scope and affect people and communities all around the world. Contemporary manifestations of racism, colonialism, capitalism, and patriarchal institutions are intertwined with these problems. The forum wishes to act both as a conceptual space to think through debates raised during the exhibition period, and a platform carrying on the lumbung spirit — to continue with open conversations on “how to learn, share, and live together with people from different yet interconnected cosmologies.”[1]

The two-day forum will be held in Amsterdam at Framer Framed and Akademie van Kunsten (Society of Arts), and it will feature four panels, a program of films, and an open discussion with attendees both in-person and online. English will be used on the forum. Registrations on-site are completely sold out. The program schedule and information on how to participate online are included below.

Day 1 programme schedule
Friday, September 23, 1–10pm (CET)
Location: Framer Framed

YouTube livestream / Register here to join and interact online

1–1:30pm: Welcome and introduction
1:30–3:10pm: Politics of Memory in a Changing State: documenta fifteen, Colonial Legacies and Entangled Histories
3:10–3:30pm: Intermission: The Politics of the Mixer
3:30–3:50pm: Break
3:50–5:50pm: Lost in Translation: Discussing Art’s Place in a Polarised Public Discourse
7–9pm: Film screening (onsite only)
post documenta fifteen—Tokyo Reels: fragments 
9–10pm Jamming (onsite only)

Day 2 programme schedule
Saturday, September 24, 1–6pm (CET)
Location: the Trippenhuis, KNAW

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1–1:20: Welcome and opening talk 
1:20–3pm: (re)Claiming Identities: Shaping and Framing Archives in an Institutional Context
3–3:20pm: Break
3:20–5pm: Other Ways of documenta-ing: Democracy, Inclusion, and Decolonised Models of Art
5–6pm: Reflection and open conversation

More information about the forum can be found here

[1] From the statement issued by Ade Darmawan in the Committee on Culture and Media, German Bundestag, July 6, 2022. 

(un)Common Grounds: Reflecting on documenta fifteen is co-organised by Framer Framed, Akademie van Kunsten (Society of Arts), and the Van Abbemuseum

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