In February 2017 BAK hosts The Southern Summer School, a project initiated by artists Dorine van Meel and Nelmarie du Preez. The Southern Summer School is a collective project that brings together art practitioners and cultural workers based in South Africa, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. It begins from the acknowledgment that the colonial involvement of the Dutch and the British empire in South Africa is not only a historical fact that may be consigned to the past, but that coloniality continues to operate in the present. In the four months leading up to the summer school, a program of preparatory workshops titled Northern Winter Workshops will be organized in various art venues across South Africa, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. These workshops are open to the public and organized by a range of artists, theorists, and activists who address questions of decolonization and social justice within their respective practices.
The Southern Summer School will take place from 17 until 24 February 2017 at BAK in Utrecht, the Netherlands. It will conclude with a final open weekend of screenings, workshops, discussions, lectures, and music by participants and guests on February 25-26. More details can be found here.
The participants of The Southern Summer School are: Phumzile Twala, Thato Magano, Uzair Ben Ebrahim, Sara-Aimee Verity, Simangaliso Sibiya, Thato Rossouw, Ilga Minjon, Alina Jabbari, Judith Westerveld, Sandra Nanteza, Johanna Couvee, Petra Ponte, Annie Goodner, Gisela Carrasco-Miro, Alfie Martis, Elaine Reynolds, Sophie Hoyle, Wigbertson Julian Isenia, Inez Blanca van der Scheer, and Jacqueline Tizora.