constituencies II


The notion of constituencies and the concept of constituent museums employs the L’Internationale confederation from the start, in an attempt to redefine the role of the museums and their perceptions of the public/audiences/users as their constituent parts with regard to both artist and museum workers alike. Museums collaborate with political agitators that use art as a vessel to communicate contested social and historical premises with a visual language that aims at making a structural impact on society. Constituencies are plural; they grow, develop, change, mutate, hybrid, overlap, separate, cluster, recombine and re-align. Constituencies are always in flux, depending on their existence upon their relationships with one another. As such, constituencies are never givens – but always something to be struggled over and negotiated.


Coordination: Fabienne Chiang (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL), Yolande van der Heide (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL) Ida Hiršenfelder (Den Haag/Ljubljana, NL/SI)

Public programme (Van Abbemuseum): Charles Esche


Moderators (Van Abbemuseum)Nick Aikens, Charles Esche, Yolande van der Heide, Steven ten Thije


Participating narrators: Zdenka Badovinac (Ljubljana, SI), Fran MM Cabeza de Vaca (NMCARS, Madrid, ES), Jesús Carrillo (Madid, ES), Sebastian Cichocki (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warshaw, PL), Fatma Çolakoğlu (SALT, Istanbul, TR), Charles Esche (Van Abbe, The Netherlands, NL), Nancy Garín & Antoine Silvestre (MACBA, Barcelona, ES), Vivian Heyms & Steven ten Thije (Van Abbe, The Netherlands, NL), Alistair Hudson (Manchester, UK), Goran Injac (Ljubljana, SI), Sophie Mak SchramBojana Piškur (Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, SI), Tjaša Pureber (Ljubljana, SI), Mick Wilson (Valand Academy, Gothenburg, SE), Joanna Zielinska (M HKA, Antwerp, BE)


Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

date 8 and 9 April 2022

Keynote lecture (public event) Relexifying the Glossary

title B for Ben. P for Patterson.
In what century will the Earth’s North and South poles change polarities?
lecturer Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
venue Van Abbemuseum
date 7 April 2022, at 7 p.m.