Finissage: ‘Phoenix’s Last Song’

With additional work by artists from Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut
Monday, 1 April, 6-8 pm

HMK hereby invites you to the closing event of the exhibition Phoenix’s Last Song by artist Dorine van Meel. While enjoying a snack and welcome drink, you can visit the exhibition one last time. Additional work of participants of the exchange project Decolonial Futures will also be on view.

With the project Phoenix’s Last Song Dorine van Meel explores the perspective of the child as a potential break with the status quo; as a way to think and live beyond the power structures and values ​​of today’s world and to create a new world that transcends the present. In a room filling installation, consisting of projections of digitally produced videos and a sound piece, the artist introduces the legend of the phoenix that flies from paradise to earth, to die and thus bring about renewal.

Participants of Decolonial Futures, an exchange project between artists from the Rietveld Academy / Sandberg Institute Amsterdam and Funda Community College in Soweto in South Africa have been invited to respond through performances to the question that emerges from Phoenix’s Last Song: ‘What does a possible, alternative future look like, and what kind of present is needed to disrupt the course of history?’

With contributions by: Cleo Tsw, Davide Christelle Sanvee, Djatá Bart-Plange, Fransisca Khamis, Juhee Hahm, Nina van Hartskamp, Ryan Eykholt, Susan Melo, Sophie Stiller, Tatiana Kuznetsova, Tina Reden en Wanda Thormeyer, Myrto Vratsanou.

The Studio Note accompanying the exhibition will also be available for € 3. This publication contains an interview with the artist, as well as photos of the presentation at HMK.


About Decolonial Futures
Decolonial Futures is an extracurricular programme organised by the Rietveld Academie and the Sandberg Instituut in collaboration with Funda Community College in Soweto, South Africa. The programme was founded in 2018 by South African artist Simangaliso Sibiya and Dorine van Meel as a continuation of the Southern Summer School which they organized together with other artists from the Netherlands, South Africa and the United Kingdom at BAK in Utrecht.

The programme of Decolonial Futures starts from the desire to collectively work towards a decolonial future in which an equal exchange between knowledges and perspectives from art and design students working in both contexts will be established. The programme is based on current struggles around questions of decolonisation, specifically in the context of art and education. The analysis of specific examples, like the canon of western art taught in art schools, will provide a starting point for discussions about the dominance of Eurocentric narratives and the possibilities to challenge their hegemony.

Click here for more information about Decolonial Futures.



Phoenix’s Last Song is made possible by financial support from Mondriaan FundGemeente Hoorn and Stichting Stokroos.

Photo: Bart Treuren