Art History School: Kanga for the Present

23 September 2021, 19.30-21.00 (both in Dutch and English)
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an interactive talk with Maartje Fliervoet and Ada M. Patterson, as part of the project Kanga for the Present.


For this edition of Art History School, artist Maartje Fliervoet engages in conversation with artist in residence Ada M. Patterson and the audience, to talk with and about the series of kanga that has been installed in the exhibition space as part of Patterson’s project Kanga for the Present. Kanga is a textile popular in East Africa, infused with messages and given as gifts. Patterson makes kanga to speak to an ongoing lived experience of crisis and grief between changing bodies and changing worlds. During this Art History School visitors are invited to partake in an informal exchange of thought about Kanga for the Present and the experiences being discussed.

This Art History School is a collaboration between Hotel Maria Kapel and Manifold Books, founded in 2015 by Fliervoet. Patterson will work on a project for Manifold Books in 2021. 

Maartje Fliervoet is a visual artist who lives and works in Amsterdam. For her, perception is a continuous process of raising questions, especially images and associations that create a sense of indefinability. An important aspect in her work is the notion of ‘not knowing’ at the expense of common perspectives in western thinking.. In 2015 she founded Manifold Books (, a project space that explores the relationships between books and exhibitions.

Ada M. Patterson (Bridgetown, 1994) is a visual artist and writer working with masquerade, textiles, performance, video and poetry, telling stories and imagining elegies for ungrievable bodies and moments. Patterson is the 2020 NLS Kingston Curatorial & Art Writing Fellow. Upcoming exhibitions include “Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now” at Tate Britain, London.

Image: Ada M. Patterson, The Whole World is Turning, 2019.