Project Description

ancestral blues

” Present reality (…) presents itself as the result of various historical processes. Changes in geographical location have occurred both voluntarily and involuntarily over the past centuries; historically often across waters, today also by air. Both these elements are blue.

The colour blue and its transcendental connotations and associations, combined with the personal and cultural-historical backgrounds of the individual artists, form the point of departure for the exhibition Ancestral Blues. The exhibition centers on exchange, transformation and migration, but also incorporates the concepts of networks, connections, W.E.B. Dubois double consciousness, Paul Gilroys Black Atlantic, tricksters, afro-futurism and Créolité – all within the Amsterdam context.”

artists: Raul Balai
Femi Dawkins
Raquel van Haver
Antonio Jose Guzman
Amanda Koelman
Fleur Ouwerkerk

location: Framer Framed, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
date: 16 September – 11 October 2015
curator: Vincent van Velsen
coach: Shaheen Merali

artists: Raul Balai
Femi Dawkins
Raquel van Haver
Antonio Jose Guzman
Amanda Koelman
Fleur Ouwerkerk

location: Framer Framed, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
date: 16 September – 11 October 2015
curator: Vincent van Velsen
coach: Shaheen Merali

“Present reality (…) presents itself as the result of various historical processes. Changes in geographical location have occurred both voluntarily and involuntarily over the past centuries; historically often across waters, today also by air. Both these elements are blue.

The colour blue and its transcendental connotations and associations, combined with the personal and cultural-historical backgrounds of the individual artists, form the point of departure for the exhibition Ancestral Blues. The exhibition centers on exchange, transformation and migration, but also incorporates the concepts of networks, connections, W.E.B. Dubois double consciousness, Paul Gilroys Black Atlantic, tricksters, afro-futurism and Créolité – all within the Amsterdam context”