Eéone day a week, Elke Uitentuis works with art collective We Sell Reality at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. There they have their own workspace. Sometimes, right before a deadline, they are there much more often. The members of the collective came here as refugees and are in a state of uncertainty: their asylum applications have been rejected, but they also cannot return to their native countries. They are in the Netherlands, but they are also, in a sense, not here.
The artworks created by the art collective address their daily experiences. Because as long as a refugee has no officiële refugee status, this person is limited in everything. We sell reality aims to make visible the dependency position this creates. They develop products and presentations with the goal of providing insight into the lives of undocumented refugees.
In this podcast episode, we talk about showcasing these experiences within the cultural realm at prominent venues such as Amsterdam Museum, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Kunsthal Gent and, of course, Framer Framed. What does that bring them? It also talked about audiences in the arts and how geïnformed they may or may not be about these issues. And about how exhibition venues deal with inclusivity.
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