Contemporary Art Initiatives
Toussaintkade 55
Den Haag

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E-Witness aims to revisit and reflect on the role of women in war. Guest group Art Ze-An, a Korean collective participating in the project, will depart from their historical perspective, the Korea war. The Dutch artists in the show focus on more recent events. The program consists of an exhibition at Quartair, a Round Table at the International Institute for Social Studies (ISS) on Tuesday, 20 Nov 16:00-18:00 in ISS Aula, and an Urban Safari, on Saturday 24 November - 11:00-13:00, in The Hague.

How can we analyze mechanisms of power abuse and humiliation both from the past and the present, towards the future? Is there really something changing in a globalizing world dominated by digital data streams? Or do things actually stay more or less the same over time?

ART Ze-An is a Korean collective interested in contemporary social issues, attempting to realize social-inclusive art. ART Ze-An has been creating a platform to re ect and question the loss of dignity and devaluation of lives and to trigger sympathy.
ART ZE-An includes Min Cheolhong, Heo Eunyoung, Shim Jung-ah, Chung Kyungmi, Ha Min-su, Han SoongHun, Hwang Seonyoung, Kim Suhyang, Shin Young-Seong.
Other participants in this show are the local artists Jessy Rahman and Theater of Wrong Decisions.
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Exhibition opening on November 19th, 2018 at 18:00

With guest speakers: Dr Kees Biekart, Associate Professor in Political Sociology at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and Kathleen Ferrier, former member of the Dutch parliament and currently advisor to the ISS Board.

Exhibition hours
from Wednesday to Sunday, 13:00-17:00 and by appointment:
(until Sunday, 25 November)

Toussaintkade 55, 2513 CN The Hague

Download PDF program here

Round table Women and War: Beyond Victimhood?
International Institute of Social Studies - ISS
Tuesday, 20 November 16:00-18:00, ISS Aula

The discussion will focus on the diverse effects that war has on women, women as victims of war, but also on women “beyond victimhood”. We expect a lively discussion with artists, academics, journalists, practitioners and international ISS students.

Kees Urban Safari to the Carefully Covered-up Truths
Saturday 24 November - 11:00-13:00
Start from the ISS (Kortenaerkade 12, 2518 AX The Hague).
In this guided walk into the ISS neighbourhood, we will visit collective pain points related to the history of war and slave trade involvement. Linkages will be made between Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and The Netherlands.
Guide: Dr Kees Biekart (ISS) plus invited experts.

All events and activities are free of charge.

Download PDF program here.








Special thanks to Nicole Hermans.