Why am I here?

Geo Wyeth (photo Aad Hoogendoorn), Mavi Veloso (photo Thiemi Higashi) en Olave Basabose

How to make an interest in diversity something that actually works for diversity? How not only look and talk about trans 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 research project created and curated by Julius Thissen and Alice Venir. Through a series of mini-residencies, the project aims to involve the trans community to critically and creatively intervene in the museum and its collection, and to challenge and question its willingness to forward instances of “inclusivity”.

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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