until 5 March 2022
Exhibition Black Manifesto

On the Road to Black Emancipation

On the Road to Black Emancipation brings together artists, writers, and other cultural workers who engage with Black Manifesto—a living document with advice and demands from and for the Netherlands’s Black communities on tackling racism and inequality.

The contributors to the exhibition include artists Chimira Obiefule, Rossel Chaslie, and duo Jonathan Hoost and Youandi, and writers Akú Anan, Bart Krieger, Jillian Emanuels, Munganyende Hélène Christelle, Phaedra Haringsma, Princess Attia, and Sherilyn Deen. Other cultural workers join the project’s accompanying program throughout the course of the project.
Black Manifesto
Black Manifesto emerged from different groups and movements that came together in June 2020, when more than 50,000 people took to the streets in all provinces of the Netherl and during the Black Lives Matter protests. Building on the anti-Zwarte Piet struggle, which has made a significant stand against institutional and anti-Black racism over the last ten years, the manifesto gathers momentum within the growing understanding that the Netherlands must confront the legacy of its colonial past and present injustices.

In this context, Exhibition Black Manifesto: On the Road to Black Emancipation underscores the artistic and research-based contributions that fight through deep-rooted structures of inequality and extend to all fields of civic life. The exhibition gives visual and creative expression to Black Manifesto and presents multiple perspectives of Black communities in the Netherlands, outlining strategies of resisting and insisting on the sustained momentum necessary for bringing about change.
Presented at OSCAM – Open Space Contemporary Art Museum, Amsterdam-Zuidoost from 27 October 2021 to 16 January 2022, the exhibition is accompanied by several programs, workshops, and other opportunities to encounter the movement and the manifesto. Update: now extended to 5 March 2022!
Exhibition Black Manifesto: Artworks, essays and text excerpts, and public programs accompany and expand the manifesto, emerging as a collective declaration of both the resistance to racism and possibility of radical Black emancipation.