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"Shock and grief met news of the passing of beloved, award-winning Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa, a fierce critic of injustice, keen-eyed polemicist, gifted novelist, avid cook, and warm human being. He was just 59." At DAI we feel humbled and grateful to have known Khaled, who, in 2008 / 2009 generously contributed a beautiful text about Straight Street in Damascus to Here as the Centre of the World, the book published by Archis that accompanied DAI's two year long project of the same name that brought together young artists from Beirut, Damascus, Diyarbakir, Enschede, Khartoum and Taipei. Few years later we were devastated and ashamed that we had to share Khaled's Open Letter to friends and colleagues worldwide: "In its modern history, the world has not yet seen valor and courage such as those displayed by the revolutionary Syrians in all our towns and villages, as the world has not yet seen such a silence, that is now considered a complicity in the murder and extermination of my people. My people is the people of peace, coffee and music, that I wish you will taste one day, roses the fragrances of which I hope you will breathe one day, so that you know that the center of the world is today exposed to a genocide, and that the whole world is an accomplice to the spilling of our blood. " May Khaled Khalifa rest in power.
We commend BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, for its brilliant selection of 2023/2024 Fellows as we are excited to know that Teresa Borasino (DAI, 2005), Iliada Charalambous (DAI, 2023) and Maoyi Qiu (DAI, 2022) will be working alongside other, equally purposeful artists~activists within the BAK Fellowship for Situated Practice post-academic program, taking place in a federated constellation of two research cells in Istanbul and Utrecht. The Fellows have been selected on the basis of their proposals to develop experimental research within the expanded field of contemporary art and in connection with the overarching research trajectory “Alignment/Nonalignment”—a layered and urgent geopolitical proposition pertaining to the questions of organization, positionality, and solidarity. This research focus emerged in the context of the 2021/2022 edition of the BAK Fellowship for Situated Practice and was specifically prompted by the unjustifiable military invasion of Ukraine: a chain of events that strengthened the refusal of all forms of imperialism and amplified the need for practices of sharing and reconnection with collectivist initiatives, non-official histories, and subterranean legacies that have enacted and cultivated solidarities against the grain of imposed archives, identities, and structures. October 9, 2023–June 17, 2024.
Think sartorial, think sexy, think money-making, think access, think down-with-Fort-Europe, think show up and show off, think YES ~ "We will host a night of sharing and showcasing our artistic practices among community. This night will be a celebration of artistic practices from in and around the Netherlands. A gathering about community, resistance, and revolutionary friendships. We will collectively revel, snack, listen, sip, sing and shimmy our way through the night together, all for a good cause. This hybrid performance night / festive reading session/ bar night / late night party aims to create connections between contributors, neighbours, and students, friends and alumni, from the Dutch Art Institute and beyond. Importantly, it also aims to raise money for the DAI Friends & Alumni Grant, an alumni-run grant that will be awarded to non-EU student(s) experiencing financial distress in their final year of study at the DAI." ~ Click to READ MORE & APPLY