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Photo studio at Stedelijk Museum with
South African students and Lebohang Tlali

Do we live in separate worlds? Can we accept segregation in our societies?

These questions are central to Welkom Today Studio, taking place in the lobby of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September from 10.00 – 12.00.

Guided by photographer Lebohang Tlali, students from South African and Dutch schools will run a photo studio, taking portraits of Stedelijk Museum visitors and asking them to share their views on segregation in society. Through their portrait, visitors will cast a vote for one of three statements that deal with living in separate worlds.

Welkom Today Studio is closely related to the exhibition Welkom Today, on view until October 13 at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The project began when Lebohang Tlali discovered the photobook Welkom in Suid-Afrika (1991) in which Dutch photographer Ad van Denderen and writer Margalith Kleijwegt documented the last days of apartheid. The book 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. Welkom Today Studio follows this theme, using photography as a way to connect Dutch and South African students and explore the universal issue of segregation in our societies.

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Welkom and Thabong delegation visits Amsterdam

In 2017, when Ad, Lebohang and Margalith brought van Denderen’s 1990 photos back to Welkom they also gave photography workshops in three secondary schools with diverse backgrounds and student populations: Teto High, Welkom Gimnasium and Goudveld Hoërskool. The students’ work became part of Welkom Today at the Stedelijk Museum as well as a pop-up exhibition at CBK Zuidoost. A delegation of 12 representatives from the three schools, including students, teachers and principals will visit Amsterdam from September 20-26 to meet people and organisations engaged in culture, education, media and social enterprise.

At the Stedelijk Museum and CBK Zuidoost they will discuss the role photography can play in education, as well as the meaning of visual arts to society; who’s values are shown, how are they kept, and how and for whom are they accessible? Tony’s Chocolonely will introduce them to the agenda behind a socially driven enterprise. At the picture desk of NRC Handelsblad they will get an idea of the daily process of media and the role of photography. Where do the images come from and how does a newspaper create stories? At Black Archives, we hope to understand more about the painful blind spots a dominant culture has shaped when it comes to minorities.

The visit of the delegation has been made possible by the generous support of Gemeente Amsterdam, corporate sponsors and private donors from the Netherlands and South Africa including Marlene Dumas, Mulaudzi’s Development Projects, Sparta Beef, Practicon Trading Enterprise, Koakoariri Media, Youth Dialogue, Lele & Tshidi, Sedibeng Water and the Phillips family.

Welkom Today is a collaboration between Stedelijk Museum, CBK Zuidoost and Paradox.

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Via PanAm app (free) for desktop

Why do people migrate? Where to and for what reasons? What is the fate of the different indigenous populations in the Americas? In Via PanAm, photographer Kadir van Lohuizen investigated the roots of migration in the Americas, a phenomenon which is as old as humanity but is increasingly portrayed as a new threat to the Western world.

A free web version of the legendary 2011 Via PanAm iPad-only app is now available. The app follows Van Lohuizen’s footsteps from Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile to Prudhoe Bay, northern Alaska. Travelling almost 40,000 km along the Pan-American Highway and crossing through 15 countries, Van Lohuizen visualized the stories of the communities, regions, and societies he encountered. His work reflects a diverse range of migration experiences both historic and contemporary. Through blogs, photo reports, video and audio we see the variety of motivations migrants have, the roads they travel and the (often informal) infrastructures they enter into.

Please note: The app was developed for desktop and tablet screens with a minimum width of 1024px. Use the arrow keys for alternative control of the scroll wheel and to move forward and backward inside reports.

Via PanAm web app



Welkom Today Studio

<em>Welkom Today Studio</em>
September 21 & 22,
10.00 - 12.00

Lebohang Tlali will be with South African and Dutch students at a pop-up photo studio at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Have your portrait taken and recieve a print of it!

Stedelijk Museum

Paradox at Unseen

Paradox at Unseen
September 20 - 22
Welkom Today book signing: September 21, 14.00

Visit our bookstand at Unseen Book Market to browse our publications and meet the team. Get your copy of Welkom Today signed by authors Ad van Denderen and Lebohang Tlali. Buy the book in the YdocStore.

Unseen Amsterdam

Notes from Aleppo
at NFF

<em>Notes from Aleppo</em> <br>at NFF
September 27 - October 3

Among 10 productions in the running for Colden Calf for Best Interactive 2019, Notes from Aleppo will be on show at the NFF Interactive Expo (Minrebroederstraat 16, Utrecht).

Nederlands Film Festival

BITTER opening
at Afrika Museum

<em>BITTER</em> opening <br>at Afrika Museum
October 12

BITTER Chocolate Stories gives a voice to former child labourers and offers an insight into the complexities of a product many of us take for granted.

Afrika Museum