Visit the ‘Tijdelijk Museum’ (Temporary Museum) in the former prison complex of the ‘Bijlmerbajes’! After a successful first edition in the former Shell Tower (the present A’DAM Toren), the present edition explores connections with the new residents of the – equally temporary – asylum seekers’ centre set up here. The participating artists and designers were invited to make new work for the occasion. Examples include Leonard van Munster’s tree fountain in the courtyard, Teun Castelein’s Bijlmer Hammam in an old cell block, Mayra Sérgio’s tea landscape and an installation in the control room featuring videos by Gali Blay. The Museum will continue to expand its collection throughout the exhibition period.
The exhibition will be organised at a location where the inhabitants – both the former inmates of the ‘Bijlmerbajes’ and the recognised refugees – are basically left to fend for themselves. Both groups have one thing in common: limited freedom of movement. In such a state of isolation and seclusion, people who lack the support of family and friends can easily start to feel alienated and dependent. When there’s no other place to go, which effect does this have on your imaginative capacities? The Temporary Museum’s exhibition area doubles as a meeting area, with art serving as a catalyst for open-minded encounters between the Temporary Residents and visitors.
In December 2016, Stichting Leegstand Oplossers Amsterdam (LOLA) start to set up the cultural hotspot Lola Lik in the former ‘Bijlmerbajes’ prison complex. Our key partner in this venture is Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA). This will be the first time COA establishes an asylum seekers’ centre on the same site as a cultural hotspot and the Temporary Museum. The experiment serves as an interesting example for other asylum seekers’ centres.
The participating artists are: Gali Blay, Maze de Boer, Melanie Bonajo, Teun Castelein, Eddie the Eagle Museum, Circus Engelbregt, Jan Hoek, Leonard van Munster, Richard Niessen, Jan Rothuizen, Mayra Sérgio, Mounira Al Solh, Sander Wassink.
Initiators: Nathalie Faber (curator) and Claartje Kortbeek (producer) / 60 layers of cake foundation