WHY AM I HERE?

Boudry/Lorenz, Toxic, 2012. Super 16 mm/HD film installation, 13 min (film still). Performance: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Werner Hirsch. Photograph by Oidade Soussi-Chiadmi.Boudry/Lorenz, Toxic, 2012. Super 16 mm/HD film installation, 13 min (film still). Performance: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Werner Hirsch. Photograph by Oidade Soussi-Chiadmi.

How to make an interest in diversity something that actually works for diversity? How not only look and talk about trans* and intersex people in the museum but actually listen to them? How to involve us –trans* and queer people– and our communities in institutional contexts while keeping a critical eye on them? 

In line with the current commitment to queering the Van Abbemuseum is engaged in, and thanks to the support of Stichting Vriendinnen & Vrienden van Schorer, we are thrilled to present this new project: the Van Abbemuseum launches a series of mini-residencies for trans* and intersex artists to engage with our collection from critical and creative standpoints in the framework of a current research project on inclusivity and its meanings.

The artists:

Mavi Veloso
Mavi Veloso (Pacaembu, São Paulo, 1985) is a Brazilian  transdisciplinary, visual and performance artist, dancer, actress, singer and songwriter, graphic and web designer currently based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. As transgender and migrant from South America to Europe, in her productions, Mavi embodies and appropriates transformation process, conflicts and cultural adaptation procedures, as well as fashion, queer, trans and drag queen elements to discusses gender, identity, sexuality, placement and displacement.
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Geo Wyeth
Geo Wyeth works with music, performance, installation, and video. Presented at New Museum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, TENT (Rotterdam), Showroom MAMA (Rotterdam), MoMA PS1 (Greater New York 2016), LA MoCA, New York Live Arts, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Boston ICA, Kate Werble Gallery, La MaMa Theatre, Human Resources, The Pyramid Club, and Joe’s Pub. They were in residence at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten for the years 2015-2016 in Amsterdam. Geo is currently based between Amsterdam & Rotterdam, NL. Born in 1984 in New York City, and raised in New Jersey.
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Olave Basabose
Olave Basabose (1984, Bujumbura, Burundi) is an artist who works in a variety of media, currently living and working in the Hague. By studying sign processes, signification and communication, Basabose makes work that deals with the documentation of events and the question of how they can be presented. The work tries to express this with the help of physics and technology, but not by telling a story or creating a metaphor.
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