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In 2017, Humanity in Action The Netherlands, together with Framer Framed and Castrum Peregrini, organized a three-part public symposium series, ‘Art as Resistance.’ With Art as Resistance, we explore the need to change the way cultural institutions in the Netherlands portray narratives, and the need to connect these narratives to our national histories. 

Through workshops, presentations, and theater, the participants increased their knowledge and broadened their view

Symposium Series

  1. Art & Affinity
  2. Taking the Oils out of the Arts
  3. Coming Soon

The first edition focused on Art & Affinity and discussed how art shapes a sense of belonging to a particular group. Questions we focused on were: Who are our usual companions? Who is our true family?; and what are the stories we insist on telling ourselves about our ‘family’?

For the second symposium in the series, ‘Taking the oil out of the arts,’ we zoomed in on the ethics of cultural institutions taking on financial sponsorships by fossil fuel companies. We reflected on how corporate companies benefit from what can be considered ‘greenwashing,’ and to what extent their cultural beneficiaries should be held accountable. The third edition of Art as Resistance will take place in late 2019.

“… a multidimensional series in which art as resistance is highlighted in various ways…”- Participant, Symposium #2


This program is made possible by the generous support of: