#23: That’s a very interesting piece, but how would it behave in a pizza joint?|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#39: Be the early stepping stone in an artist’s career|#84: The White Cube is a lie.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#119: Be a space of production.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#107: Build a community / scene.|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#74: Last one out turns of the lights.|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#62: Be kind. Full dishwasher: empty it.|#75: A building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.|#34: We pay artists.|#117: Consider design, organisational structures and architecture as programme.|#26: More artists, less borders.|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#111: Do it together.|#6: Demand that visitors are active.|#40: Follow the artist|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#58: Kunsthal Gent is a monument. If you plan to drill a hole, contact Tomas first.|#23: That’s a very interesting piece, but how would it behave in a pizza joint?|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#39: Be the early stepping stone in an artist’s career|#84: The White Cube is a lie.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#119: Be a space of production.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#107: Build a community / scene.|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#74: Last one out turns of the lights.|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#62: Be kind. Full dishwasher: empty it.|#75: A building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.|#34: We pay artists.|#117: Consider design, organisational structures and architecture as programme.|#26: More artists, less borders.|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#111: Do it together.|#6: Demand that visitors are active.|#40: Follow the artist|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#58: Kunsthal Gent is a monument. If you plan to drill a hole, contact Tomas first.|
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26.02.2021 20:00

Development Programme

Pay what you can

The Post Collective:
HOW TO BUILD UP A COLLECTIVE IN COVID TIMES

Friday 26 February, 20:00
Online via zoom (you will receive the link after reservation.)

How to build up a collective in Covid times

At the beginning of 2020, the Post Collective (POCO), a group of refugees, asylum seekers, sans papiers and accomplices, took the brave step, together with Kunsthal Gent's support within their residency programme, to speculate on how they might work together in a co-creative, commoning way. And this acknowledging the fact that they have different legal and social statuses/ rights, creative practices, cultures, languages, ages, genders, needs, privileges, accesses, and exclusions within society.

In March 2020, the covid pandemic hit society hard, and specifically, it hit the intersections on which POCO were standing. Many opportunities were taken away and with this the possibility to work together in the same space. They adapted their approaches and invented new ways of staying united and engaged while being physically distanced.

In this 1.5h presentation, POCO will share with the audience their experiences in art making, organizing, communicating, experimenting with online meeting platforms, standing together in solidarity through loneliness, fear, instability, health and sickness, legal processes, and the ever pressing bills for the supermarket and housing.

Through our polyphonic and trans-lingual narratives, using a hybrid of different media (illustration, storytelling, sound poetry, video, photography, music) we want to create an environment within this presentation that welcomes discussion with the audience on the importance of initiating forms of collectivity locally and globally in covid times.

The Post Collective are: Mirra Markhaeva (Buryatia), Sawsan Maher (Syria), Marcus Bergner (Australia), Elli Vassalou (Greece), Mohammed Tawfiq (Iraq), Mahammed Alimu (Somalia) and Hooman Jalidi (Iran).

Image by Mirra Markhaeva

Article on The Post Collective on www.kunsten.be
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