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Open lecture: Sara Blokland on her work & the Srefidensi project

Framer Framed is happy to present a lecture by Sara Blokland, a visual artist, independent researcher and curator of photography, as part of the open lecture series in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam.

The lecture series, a collaboration between Framer Framed & the UvA chair of Dutch-Caribbean Literature, deals with the influence of colonialism and Dutch imperialism on (the relationship between) literature and visual arts, in connection to the former Dutch colonies.


Sara Blokland: ‘Srefidensi and the reproduction of a family history:
About her art and the project SrefidensiFoto, photo archives and the role of memory and identity in her work’

The lecture will focus on Blokland’s body work over the past 10 years: the installation series ‘Reproduction of Family’, part 1 (2006) up to part 5, due in 2017 . In Reproduction of Family, she examines her Surinamese-Dutch roots with an emphasis on post-colonial history and visual representation. The project starts with Reproduction of Family part 1 (2006), which deals with photographic representation within the (post) colonial institution. It ends with the work Mother’s history – a library or language in 2014, about her mother’s jewish-Dutch history. She will also give a preview of the work Reproduction or Family part 5 – the collaboration project.

Inbetween the lecture about her autonomous work, Blokland will intertwine her latest research/curatorial project Srefidensi Foto. This project is a study into the photographic representation of resistance and emancipation of the Surinamese people before and around the independence of Surinam in 1975. Through a general introduction and some case studies, she will take a look at how photography shows (unintentionally) a changing relation to power, and examine photographs that were created to symbolise power and protest. Further she will look at images of demonstrations, and how photography plays a part preserving the voice of protest.


Date: Tuesday 11 April 2017, 18.00-19.15 h.

Location: Tolhuistuin, Overzijde van het IJ, Amsterdam

Save the date: upcoming open classes in this series, icw UvA (please make a reservation)
Wed 5 April: Open lecture: Rose Mary Allen, Oral history as (auto)biography [EN]
Fri 7 April: The work of artists Charl Landvreugd & Patricia Kaersenhout [EN]
Fri 14 April: Paul Faber – Contemporary art in the Caribbean [NL]
NEW: Wed 19 April — Iwan Sewandono, on Indonesian painters in the 20th century [EN]
Fri 21 April: Ellen de Vries – Nola Hatterman and contemporary art in Surinam [NL]

on 10.04.2017 at 23:56
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