Het Gemaal Op Zuid

AGENDA

t.m
zo 30 jun

18:00-21:00u

Opening tentoonstelling (In)visibility: Gendered Notions of Caribbean Identities

Opening:
Friday May 24th
Time: 18.00–21.00
Gemaal op Zuid
Save the date!

The works Balansa by Meliange Comenencia and Visible We by Suelae Robinson offer profound insights into the complexities of identity, labor, and resilience–particularly within the context of Caribbean culture and womanhood. The installation ‘Visible We’ focuses on the unrecognized labor of Caribbean women, which includes essential but economically undervalued tasks like caregiving and domestic chores. This unpaid labor contributes significantly to the functioning of societies but hinders women's opportunities for higher-paying jobs, perpetuating a cycle of economic insecurity across generations, all the while these contributions are crucial for family survival.

‘Visible We’ acknowledges the historical and multi-layered oppression faced by Black Caribbean women and celebrates their contributions to family and community. Utilizing imagery inspired by Yoruba Goddesses and vibrant textiles, the portraits depict these women as regal and centered, aiming to shift societal perceptions of Black Caribbean women towards a future where they are recognized for their inherent value rather than just their contributions.

In ‘Balansa’, themes of stagnation, loneliness, and self-definition within the context of culture, society, faith, and family are explored. Through three poignant self-portraits, Meliange chronicles a journey of breaking free from societal expectations. This project reflects her previous work, Healing Ritual (2019), where she confronted the pressures of her Curaçaose heritage, Catholic upbringing, spirituality, and experiences as a Black woman in the Netherlands. ‘Balansa’ represents a transitional phase where one realizes the importance of asserting one’s own identity, questioning inherited cultural and spiritual norms. The artwork encourages introspection in regards of culture, faith, and family on personal growth, inviting viewers to contemplate the freedom to explore and evolve.

Stay tuned for more information about the public program.

Gemaal op Zuid, Pretorialaan 141, Rotterdam
Bezoekerstijden:
Woensdagen 10:00−20:00u
meeste zaterdagen van 12:00−17:00u
of op afspraak via cultuur@wijkcooperatie.org
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t.m
di 31 dec

Expositie serie

Expositie serie 'Love, Labour, Liberate!'

We are excited to introduce the exhibition series Love, Labour, Liberate!

Love, Labour, Liberate is an exhibition series organized by Yusser al Obaidi and Leana Boven for Gemaal op Zuid, Rotterdam. The exhibition series, shaped collectively with participating artists, proposes alternative forms of homemaking that rid it of its domesticity, and affirm its communal creative power and liberatory potential. The devalorization of housework and its domestic confinement renders the labour that goes into it invisible, reducing its creativity to an individualised and gendered social responsibility. What liberatory potential emerges when we expand homemaking practices beyond the domestic realm and circulate shared knowledge, tools, and care in collective spaces? Can we craft or dream into being spaces that do not exist yet - spaces held and cared for by many hands?

Homesickness, (diasporic) longing, early loss of a home, gendered expectations, and home-labour-politics are themes the upcoming exhibitions of 2024 will engage with. Love, Labour, Liberate makes space for artistic practices and research embodying a sense of urgency in regards to solidarity, hospitality, and maintenance, making possible collective forms of disruption and reclaiming. The creation of our collective home that holds us all is an act of liberation, which requires all to partake in homemaking.

Love, Labour, Liberate! #1 (In)visibility: Gendered Notions of Caribbean Identities
Opening: Friday May 24th, 18:00-21:00h
The works Balansa by Meliange Comenencia and Visible We by Suelae Robinson offer profound insights into the complexities of identity, labor, and resilience–particularly within the context of Caribbean culture and womanhood. The installation ‘Visible We’ focuses on the unrecognized labor of Caribbean women, which includes essential but economically undervalued tasks like caregiving and domestic chores. This unpaid labor contributes significantly to the functioning of societies but hinders women's opportunities for higher-paying jobs, perpetuating a cycle of economic insecurity across generations, all the while these contributions are crucial for family survival.

Gemaal op Zuid, Pretorialaan 141, Rotterdam
Bezoekerstijden: Woensdagen 10:00−20:00u
en meeste zaterdagen van 12:00−17:00u
of op afspraak via cultuur@wijkcooperatie.org
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t.m
wo 19 jun

11:00-15:00u

Save the date: COOP open dag

Via deze link kun je je aanmelden voor onze open dag op woensdag 19 juni:
www.eventbrite.nl/e/open-dag-afrikaanderwijk-cooperatie-tickets-910839965857

11:00u Inloop, koffie/thee
11:30u algemene presentatie van de Afrikaanderwijk Cooperatie + Q&A
13:00 Vega lunch van de Wijkkeuken van Zuid (€7,-) of lunch op de markt
13:30u Een tour langs het Grondstoffenstation (GSS) op de Afrikaandermarkt
14:00-15:00u Tour met Mustapha Eaisaouiyen naar de Tweebosbuurt
14:00-16:00u Terrastival, met zanger Duncan Bloom
15:00u borrel

Maak kennis met onze leden en diensten (doorlopend)

Eventuele updates aan het programma worden op [www.wijkcooperatie.org wijkcooperatie.org] benoemd