Artists & Dutch political parties present collaborative resolutions. Featuring a.o. Lauren Alexander (DAI, 2011) & Ghalia Elsrakbi of Foundland
The position of art in society has been heavily criticized in recent years. The reproach that government funds are misused merely to serve 'leftist elites' is widely heard. In Beyond Allegories, art does not position itself as a luxury item for an elite, nor is it a speculative object in the art market, or even an instrument of the creative city, but rather it positions itself as a power that aims for a new imagination – and with that, a practice - of the democratic project.
Chaired by Ann Demeester (Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem) and Ruud Nederveen (VVD), Ron Meyer (SP) and artist Matthijs de Bruijne will present jointly developed proposals on the role of art in relation to cultural representation; Salima Belhaj (D66) and Maartje Remmers of theater collective Wunderbaum will present on the role of art in relation to democratic reform; Dirk Poot (Pirate Party) and Ghalia Elsrakbi and Lauren Alexander of design collective Foundland will present on the role of art in relation to transparency; Yoonis Osman Nuur (We Are Here) and artist Ahmet Öğüt will present on the role of art in relation to immigration; Carolien Gehrels (PvdA) and artist Hans van Houwelingen will present on the role of art in relation to urban development and Mariko Peters (GroenLinks), Daniel van der Velden and Vinca Kruk (design collective Metahaven) and artist Jonas Staal will present on the role of art in relation to extra-parliamentary democracy.