VACANCY - BUSINESS DIRECTOR (0,4 -0,6 fte)
WILL YOU COME TO STRENGTHEN OUR TEAM?
The business director will contribute to the realisation of the Free to be Free project, a site specific performance in Amsterdam and Willemstad, Curaçao. In addition, there are activities in various cities in the Netherlands throughout the year and we are working towards new (international) projects for the years to come. As business manager you are responsible for the planning, organisation and implementation of all activities of the foundation.
FREE TO BE FREE
Free to be Free is Sites of Memory's latest site-specific performance about freedom and resistance.
After successful performances in Amersfoort, Deventer, and Utrecht, the performance will be developed further. Audiences are taken on theatrical routes through different cities.
We can learn a lot from the freedom fighters of the past and certainly from the people who are fighting for freedom today. How was freedom fought for then and now? What forms of revolt and resistance are known? Through dance, theater, poetry and music, stories come to life, about freedom and resistance in the past, present and future.
Free to be Free was developed especially for the Memorial Year, which commemorates 150 years of abolition of slavery in the Netherlands and its (former) colonies. The effects of this past are still felt by many. Many people have to deal with institutional racism and reparations are not yet a reality.
As long as racism and exclusion resulting from colonial thinking and the slavery past are not structurally addressed, Sites of Memory asks the question: freedom for whom?
Upcoming 2024 performances:
RETURNING THE GAZE - MIDDELBURG
“Returning The Gaze: stories that feel far away are made visible and close in an artistic way. I could hear and feel the history moving around which made me feel emerged in the past” - De Theaterkrant
In closing of the performance Returning the Gaze, a series of thirteen portraits on fabric are revealed created by visual artist Judith Westerveld, in accordance with the Sites of Memory team. They depict women of colour that lived in Amsterdam, or the former colonies of the Netherlands in the 17th, 18th and 19th century, that we felt needed to be given a rightful place in the exhibition Panorama Amsterdam of the Amsterdam Museum. Find information about ordering a portrait below.
On four long banners that drape the ‘catwalk’ where the closing scene takes place, the portraits that are presented are silhouettes linked to the names of twelve women of colour whose stories recorded in archives spoke to us: Charlotte Magdalena Reda, Elisabeth Maria Antonia Aspasia, Wilhelmina Kelderman, Cathalina del Monte, Clara, Francesca, Mimi Elizabeth Kambel, Lea van Bali, Serafina van Brazilië, Sara Malagesa, Chistina van Geugten and Juliana. Judith Westerveld created the silhouettes based on portraits made of women of colour by various artists, such as Rembrandt, Frans van Mieris, Cornelis van Dalen (II) and Cornelis de Bruin, who drew or painted them without recording their name.
The silhouettes are placed against contemporary photographs of the places in Amsterdam where these women lived, worked, and died, such as the area in and around the Jodenbreestraat that was home to a small Afro-Atlantic community, the Jordaan, the grand canal houses of the so called 'Goudenbocht', and the Diaconie Oude Vrouwenhuis. Or the places where they were married, baptized and buried, such as the Möses and Aaron Kerk and the Zuiderkerk. Illustrations of hibiscus, ginger and podosiri (açaipalm), plants whose roots and leaves, flowers and fruits have healing properties, frame the portraits of the women.
In the middle of the ‘catwalk’ the portraits of Susanna Dumion, Serafina van Brazilië, Mimi Elizabeth Kambel and Charlotte Magdalena Reda are highlighted. These are large rectangular fabrics, the women’s faces and names framed by the healing plants. Hibiscus envelopes Susanna Dumion and Charlotte Magdalena Reda. Ginger envelopes Serafina van Brazilië. Podosiri (açaipalm) envelopes Mimi Elizabeth Kambel.
Susanna Dumion’s portrait stands out, as it is the only one that is not a silhouette. In 1813, on the occasion of her 100th birthday, a portrait was made of her that has been preserved in the collection of the Teylers Museum in Haarlem. It is a special document, as there are few portraits of (formerly) enslaved women whose name and life story are known. Judith Westerveld altered Susanna Dumion’s portrait based on the research the team of Sites of Memory did about her life. Exchanging her hat for an angisa folded in the pattern that communicates the coded message ‘Let Them Talk’, adding a shawl in the same batik fabric and a necklace, returns her Surinamese identity to the portrait.
Purchase a portrait
The portraits of Susanna Dumion, Serafina van Brazilië, Mimi Elizabeth Kambel and Charlotte Magdalena Reda have been made into a high quality art print and can be purchased by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Size: 30 x 40 cm
Medium: Pigmented Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle White Velvet 270g paper.
Credit: Judith Westerveld
Listen to the podcast about Returning the Gaze in Amsterdam. Dionne Verwey will be in conversation with Jennifer Tosch (co-founder Sites of Memory and founder Black Heritage Tours) and Maurice Zeleky (Head of Marketing and Communication Amsterdam Museum). They discuss the collaboration between Sites of Memory and Amsterdam Museum and the need for institutions to share underrepresented stories with the public.
The artists' collective Sites of Memory was approached to create a prelude in the run-up to the Scheepvaartmuseum's new exhibition 'The Atlantic World'. This resulted in the art installation ‘Decoding the Atlantic World’, and is a collaboration between Sites of Memory founders Jennifer Tosch, Katy Streek and artists Raul Balai and Jarrett Erasmus.
Did you miss the performance Future for the Past or would you like to revisit some of the stories? You can now visit our Creative Archive, a space where you can read background information about the sites, listen to performance text and watch 360 videos. This space allows you to navigate through stories from The Netherlands to South Africa, from past, present and future.
Get your tickets for Free to be Free in Amersfoort & Utrecht!
Free to be Free can be seen on 7, 8, 12, 13, and 14 October 2023 in Stadsschouwburg Utrecht. This site specific performance is about the colonial history of Utrecht. Local underexposed stories are interspersed with scenes of dance, poetry, and live music on location in the city.
The performance lasts 50 minutes and is in Dutch, with texts in English, Sranan Tongo and Papiamentu.