We Are Here (Amsterdam) is the first large-scale
organization of refugees in limbo in the Netherlands. It was established in
2012 to stand up against the structural denial of its members’ right to
citizenship. It consists of individuals whose request for political asylum was
denied, yet who cannot (be) return(ed) to their countries of origin. Together with artists and activists, the
group has been exploring this possibility of art as a space to rethink the
questions of visibility, solidarity, representation, survival, and action.
Examples of previous artistic and educational projects (including: Collective Struggle of Refugees. Lost. In
Between. Together. New World Academy #2 by artist Jonas Staal and BAK (2013); establishment of artists initiative Here to Support (with artistic
practitioners Savannah Koolen and Elke Uitentuis) (2013–today) and We Are Here
Academy (2014–today); and Labyrinth,
an interactive theater play realized with Frascati Theater, Amsterdam (2014).