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June Newsletter

Welkom Today now at CBK Zuidoost, Kwaku Summer Festival and Stedelijk Museum

Open Schoolgemeenschap Bijlmer workshop participants by Lebohang Tlali

Are we living on the same planet, but in different worlds? What does it mean to live in proximity to the centre of a city or on the margins of it? What kind of relationship do we form with our environment and the community of people living in it? These were the questions addressed during the photography workshops conducted by Lebohang Tlali and Khalid Amakran at Montessori Lyceum Amsterdam and Open Schoolgemeenschap Bijlmer.

The workshops are closely connected to the exhibition Welkom Today, on display now until October 13 at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Welkom Today began when Lebohang Tlali discovered the photobook Welkom in Suid-Afrika (1991) by Dutch photographer Ad van Denderen and writer Margalith Kleijwegt. The book documented the last days of apartheid and completely changed Tlali’s view on his own community – that of the South African mining town of Welkom and the neighbouring township Thabong – and he realised the power of photography as a social tool.

In 2017, Lebo, Ad and Margalith travelled to Welkom and Thabong together to show Van Denderen’s photos for the first time in the place where they were taken and give photography workshops in three secondary schools with diverse student populations: Theto High, Welkom Gimnasium and Goudveld Hoërskool.

Welkom Today @ Amsterdam Zuid(oost) brought the workshops to Amsterdam schools in April and May of this year. The work of the Dutch and South African learners is published in a free newspaper, part of the exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum and will be on display in a pop-up exhibition in front of CBK Zuidoost from July 4 until August 5. In addition, workshop participants will take portraits in a photo studio at Kwaku Summer Festival on July 13 and 14. This work will be included in the exhibition as of July 20. There will also be a debate on July 13 at Bijlmerparktheater.

In September we look forward to welcoming the South African students to Amsterdam! More information about their visit to come.

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Paradox at Rencontres d’Arles 2019

From July 1 – 7 the opening of Les Rencontres d’Arles takes place, with international photography events all over the city. Paradox director Bas Vroege is one of the experts at Photo Folio Review and Ad van Denderen will be at the Kehrer Verlag pop-up bookstore (MRO Foundation, 18 Rue de la Calade) on Thursday July 4 at 5pm to sign Welkom Today books. We’d love to meet you there!

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Notes from Aleppo at the Netherlands Film Festival (NFF)

The Netherlands Film Festival (NFF) has announced ten productions that are in the running for the Golden Calf for Best Interactive 2019 and we’re excited to hear that Notes from Aleppo is one of them! These productions will be on show at the free Interactive Expo during the festival (September 25 to October 5) at the Academy Gallery and IMPAKT in Utrecht. From this selection, on September 30 three will be nominated for the chance to win.

Test of Endurance is the latest epsiode in the series of online stories following Issa Touma re-discovering Aleppo after it was torn apart by war. In this epsisode, Issa goes through the difficult process of applying for compensation for the damage to his home.

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Kwaku Photo Studio

Kwaku Photo Studio
July 13 & 14

Lebohang Tlali will be with Welkom Today school workshop participants at a pop-up photo studio at Kwaku Summer Festival. The students will shoot portraits of visitors.

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Welkom Today at

Welkom Today at <br>Zuid-Afrikahuis
July 10, 19.30

Margriet van der Waal (Professor of South African literature, culture and history at UvA) will talk to the Welkom Today authors Lebohang Tlali, Ad van Denderen and Margalith Kleijwegt.

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 Book Deal

Ad van Denderen Photobooks

For a limited time Welkom Today, Occupation Soldier and Go No Go are on offer in a package deal for €74,90.

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