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Solidarity with La Colonie

La Colonie opened its doors on rue La Fayette, Paris on 17 October 2016 as a radically open space of discussion and exchange for diverse cultural and political communities.

Together with artists, researchers, activists, local residents, and various publics La Colonie seeks to decolonize the conditions of knowledge production and the everyday structures of living together; fathoming a future disentangled from the legacies of colonial violence.

La Colonie opened its doors on rue La Fayette, Paris on 17 October 2016 as a radically open space of discussion and exchange for diverse cultural and political communities. Together with artists, researchers, activists, local residents, and various publics La Colonie seeks to decolonize the conditions of knowledge production and the everyday structures of living together; fathoming a future disentangled from the legacies of colonial violence.

As a critical, independent, and self-supporting space—earning its livelihood through its café and bar—Covid-19 has taken a heavy toll on La Colonie. Sadly, La Colonie has been faced with no option but to leave its space. Co-founder and artist Kader Attia stated on Facebook on 20 July 2020 that “we have to fight to find a new space, to exist, to give everyone a voice, to find ourselves in reality. We are already looking for another space in Paris or in the suburbs, to continue the adventure and the struggle.”

Over the years, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst has collaborated several times with Attia and the team of La Colonie. In November 2019, Attia spoke at Propositions #9: Deserting from the Culture Wars, in the context of Trainings for the Not-Yet (2019–2020). His contribution “Remembering the Future” was part of the panel “Working in Groups/Acting in Networks,” and described La Colonie’s engagement, despite rising fascism, in creating a space for healing immaterial injuries and reappropriating the field of emotion. You can watch “Working in Groups/Acting in Networks” in the following videos.
As a critical, independent, and self-supporting space—earning its livelihood through its café and bar—Covid-19 has taken a heavy toll on La Colonie. Sadly, La Colonie has been faced with no option but to leave its space. Co-founder and artist Kader Attia stated on Facebook on 20 July 2020 that “we have to fight to find a new space, to exist, to give everyone a voice, to find ourselves in reality. We are already looking for another space in Paris or in the suburbs, to continue the adventure and the struggle.”

Over the years, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst has collaborated several times with Attia and the team of La Colonie. In November 2019, Attia spoke at Propositions #9: Deserting from the Culture Wars, in the context of Trainings for the Not-Yet (2019–2020). His contribution “Remembering the Future” was part of the panel “Working in Groups/Acting in Networks,” and described La Colonie’s engagement, despite rising fascism, in creating a space for healing immaterial injuries and reappropriating the field of emotion. You can watch “Working in Groups/Acting in Networks” in the following videos.

Amid the uncertainty La Colonie is now confronted with, BAK continues to seek tactics of solidarity. In the short term, please support La Colonie in their search for a new space. If you are able, please donate and share the crowdfunding Leetchi and PayPal links.

– The BAK team, 31.07.2020

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In solidarity with the Palestinian decolonization struggle and decolonization efforts everywhere

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht stands in solidarity with the Palestinian decolonization struggle and with decolonization efforts everywhere.

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Practicing Tactical Solidarities II

This locally-focused second edition of Practicing Tactical Solidarities: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care took place on 16 December 2020. It featured artists, organizers, and activists working in Utrecht, many of whom were at that time BAK Fellows.

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30 July 2020
Solidarity with La Colonie

La Colonie opened its doors on rue La Fayette, Paris on 17 October 2016 as a radically open space of discussion and exchange for diverse cultural and political communities.

2 July 2020
In Proximity: Wendelien van Oldenborgh

For this first session of "In Proximity," an ongoing series featured on Prospections, BAK’s Curator of Public Practice Rachael Rakes enters into a conversation with artist and BAK 2017/2018 Fellow Wendelien van Oldenborgh.

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Practicing Tactical Solidarities

A videorecording of the online event Practicing Tactical Solidarities: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care, livestreamed via Prospections on Wednesday 29 April 2020, 19–21 hrs.

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Supports, Strikes, and Student Revolt: On Housing Struggles in the Netherlands

Interviewed and introduced by Irene Calabuch Mirón and Sanne Karssenberg (BAK, basis voor actuele kunst).

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Collective Economies, Alternative Flows

From: Trainings for the Not-Yet, an exhibition as a series of trainings for a future of being together otherwise, convened with a multitude of collaborators by Jeanne van Heeswijk and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (2019–2020)

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On Solidarity Without the State:

From: New World Academy, an alternative learning platform for art and politics established by Jonas Staal and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst (2013–2016).

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15 April 2020
Feminism and the Politics of the Commons

From FORMER WEST: Art and the Contemporary After 1989, Maria Hlavajova and Simon Sheikh, eds. (Utrecht: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst and Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016), pp. 379-390.