W139

W139 is a presentation and production space for contemporary art. W139 was established in 1979 and in 2019 celebrates forty years of providing artists time and space for free explorations in the heart of Amsterdam.

In the summer of 2020, Fadwa Naamna, Margarita Osipian and Sam Samiee, were appointed as W139’s core artistic team. In dialogue with the collaborating artists and the local communities, the core group will determine the artistic trajectory and program of the W139 for the years 2021-2023. The program marks a renewed positioning of W139 and continues its long history as a supporter of artistic and social resistance, as a platform for dialogue and encounter, as a facilitator, and a collaboration partner for radical imagination and inclusion.

Overall, the program addresses one of the most urgent needs within the cultural spheres and society as a whole: the need for sustained and supported solidarity. Together with artists, makers, designers, researchers, thinkers and activists, the program offers a critical outlook on the repercussions of the dominating neoliberal and capitalist structures. This topic is inspired by the reality of W139 in recent years, particularly after it lost a substantial part of its cultural subsidies. It also responds to and reflects the general atmosphere of the Dutch cultural field with the growing institutional competition over increasingly limited supporting resources.

The upcoming program will include various exhibitions and public events initiated and organized in collaboration with various makers, as well as additional projects selected via open calls and public discussions and roundtables on history of artist-run spaces.

W139 is a presentation and production space for contemporary art. W139 was established in 1979 and in 2019 celebrates forty years of providing artists time and space for free explorations in the heart of Amsterdam.

In the summer of 2020, Fadwa Naamna, Margarita Osipian and Sam Samiee, were appointed as W139’s core artistic team. In dialogue with the collaborating artists and the local communities, the core group will determine the artistic trajectory and program of the W139 for the years 2021-2023. The program marks a renewed positioning of W139 and continues its long history as a supporter of artistic and social resistance, as a platform for dialogue and encounter, as a facilitator, and a collaboration partner for radical imagination and inclusion.

Overall, the program addresses one of the most urgent needs within the cultural spheres and society as a whole: the need for sustained and supported solidarity. Together with artists, makers, designers, researchers, thinkers and activists, the program offers a critical outlook on the repercussions of the dominating neoliberal and capitalist structures. This topic is inspired by the reality of W139 in recent years, particularly after it lost a substantial part of its cultural subsidies. It also responds to and reflects the general atmosphere of the Dutch cultural field with the growing institutional competition over increasingly limited supporting resources.

The upcoming program will include various exhibitions and public events initiated and organized in collaboration with various makers, as well as additional projects selected via open calls and public discussions and roundtables on history of artist-run spaces.

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