Art | € 0,- | KABK Galleries 1&2 | November 26, 2021 | 10.00-19.00 | free entry | show your valid QR code + ID
Den Haag is facing a housing shortage. As a consequence, a lot of its citizens have issues in finding suitable accommodation, and are affected by inappropriately high rental prices. Amongst them there are students, whose hope to build a better future is too often hindered by the failure of getting a basic human need – a place to live. Lacking sufficient social support, they hop from one friends’ couch to another, or reside in expensive hostels, suffering from emotional distress. In such precarious living, squatting becomes for some the solution.
The works in the exhibitions research into the subculture of students occupying empty houses for living. When a basic need is not guaranteed, civil disobedience might take place as a way to confront systematic inadequacy. That is done in creative ways that, as the exhibition shows, put forward reflections on the execution of anti-squatting and vacant property laws.
Participating artists in the exhibition: Lina Selg, Dario di Paolantonio, Ben Maier. More background information about this exihibition? Listen to the podcast!
Additional program on Friday November 26
13.00: Talk – Squatting F.A.Q.
During this talk, the curators of the exhibition will share their experience and discuss lesser-known aspects of the topic of squatting, in order to clear some misconceptions about it. The audience is strongly invited to ask any question.
17.00: Lecture – The possibility of an empty space
By analyzing the practice of squatting from a philosophical and anthropological perspective, the lecture will address the way we think about living spaces and the role of bureaucracy in shaping our understanding of it.