Positions – Strategies for Artistic Accountability

Positions – Strategies for Artistic Accountability

Piet Zwart Institute

Doreen Garner, Onika, 2014. Glass, teeth, Swarovski crystals, hair weave, gold chain, polyester fiber, glitter, and petroleum jelly. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Doreen Garner. © Doreen Garner.

March 15, 2017
Positions – Strategies for Artistic Accountability

Friday, March 24, 2017, 1–7:30pm

Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art
Karel Doormanhof 45
3012 GC Rotterdam
The Netherlands


A symposium and exhibition in conjunction with The Art of Looking: Description, Analysis, Interpretation, Judgment?, a thematic project for the Master Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute, led by Nana Adusei-Poku, Research Professor in Visual Culture at Rotterdam University.

The Art of Looking: Description, Analysis, Interpretation, Judgment?

Featuring Nana Adusei-Poku, Timur Akhmetov, Barby Asante, Sophie Bates, Shraddha Borawake, Connie Butler, Katharina Cameron, Larisa David, Angelica Falkeling, Quinsy Gario, Alexander Iezzi, NIC Kay, Anni Puolakka, Collette Rayner, Nicholas Riis, Erika Roux, Anastasia Shin, Eothen Stearn, Daniel Tuomey.

Does an artist’s identity matter? Or can we just focus on form?

Positions – Strategies for Artistic Accountabilitybrings together MFA artists and invited guests to question notions of accountability and revisit identity politics in art.

Positions – Strategies for Artistic Accountability

This winter, in her thematic project, The Art of Looking, Nana Adusei-Poku and the MFA artists explored questions of decolonization, the contextual framings of artists and artworks, and the predisposition to read Blackness and treat Whiteness as “neutral.” Taking into consideration a recently published open letter by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who suggested that those living in the Netherlands should either “behave normally or go away” (“Doe normaal of ga weg”), the question of “normalcy” and the presentation of cultural identities seem to us especially urgent topics.

The Art of Looking

We invite you join us in a collective process of discovering what strategies are used when we talk about “positions,” and which positions we take strategically, through an exhibition of work by MFA artists and a symposium with our invited guests, Barby Asante, Quinsy Gario, NIC Kay, and more!

10am–1pm: NIC Kay movement workshop (reserved for speakers and PZI MFA students)
1–3pm: communal brown bag lunch and exhibition tour
3–6:15pm: guest presentations and group discussion
6:15–7:30pm: reception with refreshments


Due to the limited seating capacity at our Karel Doormanhof venue we kindly request you RSVP to reserve a seat on [email protected], indicating MFA symposium in the subject line. We will offer seats on a first-come first served basis and announce when the event is fully booked on the MFA Facebook page and website.

[email protected][email protected]

Guest bios:
Barby Asante is a London based artist, curator and educator whose work explores place and identity through creating situations and spaces for dialogue, collective thinking, ritual and reenactment. Using archival material in the broadest sense, she is interested in breaking down the language of archive, not to insert or present alternatives to dominant narratives but to interrupt, interrogate and explore the effects and possibilities of the unheard and the missing.

Guest bios:
Barby Asante 

Quinsy Gario was born in Curaçao and raised in St. Maarten and the Netherlands. He studied Theater, Film and Television Studies at the Utrecht University with a focus on Gender and Postcolonial Studies. His most well known work Zwarte Piet Is Racisme critiqued the general knowledge surrounding the racist Dutch figure of Black Pete. His latest focus is on state protection of the marginalized and political resistance as performance.

Quinsy Gario

NIC Kay is from the Bronx. Currently occupying several liminal spaces. They are a person who makes performances and creates/organizes performative spaces. They are obsessed with the act and process of moving the change of place, production of space, position, and the clarity/meaning gleaned from shifting of perspective. NIC’s current transdisciplinary projects explore movement as a place of reclamation of the body, history and spirituality.



Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art presents Positions – Strategies for Artistic Accountability

Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art presents Positions – Strategies for Artistic Accountability
RSVP for Positions – Strategies for Artistic Accountability
Piet Zwart Institute
March 15, 2017

Thank you for your RSVP.

Piet Zwart Institute will be in touch.


e-flux announcements are emailed press releases for art exhibitions from all over the world.

Agenda delivers news from galleries, art spaces, and publications, while Criticism publishes reviews of exhibitions and books.

Architecture announcements cover current architecture and design projects, symposia, exhibitions, and publications from all over the world.

Film announcements are newsletters about screenings, film festivals, and exhibitions of moving image.

Education announces academic employment opportunities, calls for applications, symposia, publications, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Sign up to receive information about events organized by e-flux at e-flux Screening Room, Bar Laika, or elsewhere.

I have read e-flux’s privacy policy and agree that e-flux may send me announcements to the email address entered above and that my data will be processed for this purpose in accordance with e-flux’s privacy policy*

Thank you for your interest in e-flux. Check your inbox to confirm your subscription.