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Motormond
Funded by the Editorial Board

Motormond, the gallery in subversion, is a project that developed as a reaction to the consequences of the BLM movement for BIPOC artists on the Amsterdam cultural scene. Within the Amsterdam setting, galleries that had never paid attention to BIPOC artists were opening up doors to multiple BIPOC artists in a rush. At first there was excitement among friends that were getting signed. But then the ruthlessness of the gallery contracts started to set in. Artists were getting charged over 50% on sales. The meaning and stories that their work was about were being left behind and the focus was on selling. Within these galleries the prices of their artworks were so high that people from their communities couldn’t buy them.

We decided to open Motormond, as a gallery in subversion, a gallery that took 0% of the sales of our artists. We also decided to actively foster environments and exhibition settings where the autonomy of the stories, research, and artist’s work were being preserved. We focused our attention on an audience that was composed of our artists communities. We were not looking for easy sales by reaching buyers with a lot of money. One of our main goals was to keep the prices reasonably low and to encourage buyers from within the BIPOC communities.

Motormond has put on exhibitions that brought forth big talents. These are successes that we don't take lightly. We have managed to activate an ecosystem where artists with first and second generation migrations backgrounds can also have a network that they can lean on.

Upcoming Events
Ongoing
Past
Motormond
Thu
11 Apr
2024
USES OF THE EROTIC: embodiment, movement & philosophies of liberation

Drawing on Audre Lorde’s timeless essay ‘Uses of the Erotic’ Alexine Gabriela invites you to delve into the erotic. Western knowledge systems, tools of the imperialist and capitalist regime of the West, dissociate us from our bodies which means that we have lost touch with the truths that lie deeply within the body, within the erotic.

Motormond
Thu
28 Mar
2024
Storytelling as Narrative Reclamation of Healing Heritages

Dtorytelling as Narrative Reclamation of Healing Heritages: Disrupting Colonial Visuality of Healing Ontologies — is a critical diving into of archival ethnographic records of indigenous healing rituals and practices, in which Basia Diagne examines the role of the camera and image-making as a colonial apparatus of subjugation and narrative erasure. Drawing from Tina M. Campt’s method of activating the archive by “listening to images”, she invites the audience to depart from this historical narrative, and participate instead in a practice of listening & hearing what has been left unsaid.

Motormond
Thu
21 Mar
2024
Boston Tea Party, Nutrition for Carers

Boston Tea Party, Nutrition for Carers: Casting Spells into Oyster Shells is a manifestation of artists and researcher Eshwari Ramsali’s dream.

Motormond
Thu
7 Mar
2024
Pedagogies of the Sacred: A collective reading session by Device Chotoe

Pedagogies of the Sacred is a collective reading led by Devika Chatoe. It is an essay by M. Jacqui Alexander. Following the reading there will be space to ruminate on what it means to access ancestral knowledge and practices that have been erased or rendered invisible through migration, colonization.

Motormond
Thu
22 Feb
2024
spirit of dissent by other indias

other indias with contributions from Rah Naqvi will guide you through — spirit of dissent — a sonic intervention informed by a very long history of dissent, by elders and peers who have founded the basis for our resistance. These sustained practices of continuance, of resilience, amidst adversity, born from, and despite systemic oppression, have created alternative pathways to liberation. Pathways, that reject and urge a dismantling of the current Brahminical structures of governance and the imposition of its future.

Motormond
Thu
15 Feb
2024
Performance: Pariah by Ayomide Tejuoso (Plantation)

As part of the current exhibition, A State of Grace?, Ayomide Tejuoso, presents the performative installation Pariah on the 15th of February.

Motormond
Thu
25 Jan
2024
Open call: Martin Toloku performance

As part of an upcoming exhibition at Motormond, Martin Toloku is looking for Seven people of color who are ready to be emotionally reminded by the practice of mourning for a processional performance (match pass the street ).
They should be ready to embrace any reaction which might arise from the public as a shock, provocation and make it their strength during the performance. All performers will be dressed in a total Black outfit to signify an occasion of funeral. In silence and slow motion you will walk with the body of the artist lying in a coffin tricycle, from a location to the final destination where the performance continues for a longer duration.
Also any performer who is very good at riding a tricycle ( fiets drie wielen) is highly needed for the piece.

Motormond
Sat
2 Dec
2023
Artist talk /w Devin Allen

For the finissage of our current exhibition ; PAST A SURPASSING DISASTER, Devin Allen has been invited to give an artist talk at Motormond. The artist talk will take the format of a show and tell where Devin will go through his extensive oeuvre, and he will tell the stories behind his amazing images.

Motormond
Thu
23 Nov
2023
NAVIGATING DREXCIYA; A SONIC TRANSMISSION

We extend an invitation for you to immerse yourself in an auditory expedition, as we transmit sonic waves calling for a departure from the enduring shadows that surround us.

Motormond
Thu
16 Nov
2023
Letters from the forsaken

Public program:
To Logan
To Dandy
To Precious
To Chimira
Where beauty lies within the ruins, how does one move as a guest in their own skin, in their own country? Language, faithful companion, can be both loyal and wayward. Examining the introverts; hidden wishes, amidst the vibrant chaos of Lagos.

Motormond
Thu
19 Oct
2023
Past a Surpassing Disaster

Join us on the 19th of October for the OPENING of the exhibition Past a Surpassing Disaster: From Film Through Performance Towards Photography.

Motormond
Sat
30 Sep
2023
FINISSAGE: Brave Beauties In Communion

What is the role of your artistic practice in your imagination of social and political change? How do artists / photographers negotiate their practices between the global north and the global south? What is lost and gained in translation?

Motormond
Sun
20 Aug
2023
Brave Beauties in Sunday Best

What: Open Photoshoot session
When: 20 August (19:00 — 21:00)
Where: Kinkerstraat 96
How: Dress in your Sunday best!

Motormond
Tue
1 Aug
2023
Brave Beauties in Communion: Artist Talks

What: public program
Date: 01-August-2023
Time: 19:00 - 21:30
Location: Kinkerstraat 96

Motormond
Thu
27 Jul
2023
Brave Beauties in Communion: EXHIBITION

Thank you for coming to the opening of our new exhibition — Brave Beauties in Communion: Imaging Black Queer Liberation!

Motormond
Thu
27 Jul
2023
BRAVE BEAUTIES IN COMMUNION: Imaging Black Queer Liberation - OPENING

Brave Beauties in Communion defines queerness as of transformation, of shapeshifting, of fluency, of form to deform; of code to switch, of mimicry, of flamboyance, of grace, of fluidity, and of bravery.

Motormond
Thu
25 May
2023
To Interrupt To Punctuate

To be punctured with meaning is a method, it puts forward a way of watching filming in translation. To pause between scenes and to puncture a film with poetry, to puncture a scene with a painting, to puncture a scene with a performative sculpture, to puncture a scene with a performance.

Motormond
Wed
5 Apr
2023
Imagining a Queer and Black Institution - NEW DATE!

Conversation & book launch: Motormond will be hosting a conversation for the launch of the book Imagining a Queer and Black Institution, which came together as a collection of five essays that all conjured up a black and queer institution. Guests include Siv Greyson, Christie van Zyl, Lebo Diverse Mashifane, Jasmin Sharif, Kenza Badi, Musoke Nalwoga

Motormond
Fri
16 Dec
2022
Finissage 'A Durable Swagger-scape'

The A Durable Swagger-scape exhibition is coming to its end. A Durable Swagger-scape pulledfrom multiple strings to tell a story that very much requires building upon, we briefly exploredmusic videos, thinking with the glam and glitter of musical performances and the sonic implications of sustainability. With this Finissage, we have invited prominent photographers, stylists, and writers on the Amsterdam scene to further ground and deepen the topics explored in the exhibition.

Founding year

2020

Coordinators/Organizers/Curators

Musoke Nalwoga
Aida Ra Mana

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Boston Tea Party, Nutrition for Carers
Thu
21 Mar
2024

Boston Tea Party, Nutrition for Carers: Casting Spells into Oyster Shells is a manifestation of artists and researcher Eshwari Ramsali’s dream.

What: Tea Party
When: 21st March (19:30)
Where: Kinkerstraat 96
How: RSVP

“My dream is often of a big long table with members of my community seated facing one another as far as the eye can see. There is an endless stream of magical drink flowing through a fountain like a river across the whole table that I can see everyone dipping their cups into and drinking from eagerly. When I close my eyes, there is so much laughter I can’t wait to join in. I open my eyes again and everywhere around me is abundance - fruit, cake, drink, purpose and rest. Everyone at my big long table looks fabulous and adorned, singing and dancing, spilling and sipping”

Eshwari’s dream will be made manifest.

[Boston carries significance because it is referencing to the historical protest in 1773, as well as it being an ode to the women healers of the Salem witch trials that happened in Boston in 1692 to 1693, and because the shaker that Eshwari uses on a daily basis to make concoctions that momentarily soothe and heal, is called the Boston shaker.]

Eshwari’s artistic practice seeks to nurture the complexity of silliness and its capacity to hold the enormity of grief and anger. They are dreaming about this dream of a Boston tea party as they are sitting with the (post-) irony of being in this world today. Eshwari believes that we need communion more than anything in the practice of liberation.

This programme manifests as part of our current exhibition. A STATE OF GRACE: of Witches, of Seance, of Voodoo, of Speaking in Tongues and Othered instances of Diasporic TRANS-porta(l)tion.

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