Residents

Julian Abraham Togar IN
  • resident
  • 2020
Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba MX
  • resident
  • 2020
Özgür Atlagan TR
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Razia Barsatie SR
  • resident
  • 2020
Salim Bayri MA/NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Verena Blok NL
  • resident
  • 2020
Simnikiwe Buhlungu ZA
  • resident
  • 2020
Sara Culmann RU
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Tanja Engelberts NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Aldo Esparza Ramos NL/MX
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
G GB
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Lotte van Geijn NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Robert Glas NL
  • resident
  • 2020
Catalina González CL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Lungiswa Gqunta ZA
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Saemundur Thor Helgason IS/NL
  • resident
  • 2020
Hannah Dawn Henderson GB
  • resident
  • 2020
Takeshi Ikeda JP
  • resident
  • 2016
  • 2020
Artor Jesus Inkerö FI
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Donghwan Kam KR/NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Arturo Kameya PE/NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Özgür Kar TR/NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Penelope Koliopoulou GR
  • resident
  • 2020
Wouter van der Laan NL
  • resident
  • 2020
Sungeun Lee KR
  • resident
  • 2020
Sheng-Wen Lo TW/NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Tessa Mars HT
  • resident
  • 2020
Silvia Martes NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Polina Medvedeva NL/RU
  • resident
  • 2020
Ima-Abasi Okon GB
  • resident
  • 2020
Ian Page US
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Claudia Pagès Rabal ES
  • resident
  • 2020
Molly Palmer GB
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Eoghan Ryan IE
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Hend Samir EG
  • resident
  • 2020
Ratu Saraswati ID
  • resident
  • 2020
Silke Schönfeld DE
  • resident
  • 2020
Tomasz Skibicki PL
  • resident
  • 2020
Mette Sterre NL
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Takanori Suzuki JP
  • resident
  • 2020
Kanitha Tith KH
  • resident
  • 2019
  • 2020
Anh Tran NZ/VN
  • resident
  • 2020
Werker Collective
  • resident
  • 2020

Team

Directorial Team

Emily Pethick (director)
Martijntje Hallmann (deputy director, head of residency)
Susan Gloudemans (director strategy & development)
Danielle Kars (secretarial services)

Residency

Annelie Musters (manager & deputy head residency
Virág Szentkirályi (residency & programme coordinator)
Sandra Felten (alumni relations & documentation)
Daphne Verweij (project coordinator residency)

Workshops / Technical advisors

José Miguel Biscaya (workshop audio-visual)
Marietta Dirker (library & collection)
Stephan Kuderna (workshop construction)
Arend Nijkamp (workshop chemicals)
Marianne Peijnenburg (workshop ceramics)
Kees Reedijk (workshop electronics)
Pieter Verweij (workshop graphics)

Freelancers:
Seamus Cater (workshop wood)
Roger Cremers (workshop wood)
Lotte Nijhof (workshop mould making)
Monique de Wilt (laser cutter & CNC)

Development

María Virto Marcilla (manager development)
Isabella Leitz (friends)
Irene Huberts (fellowships & funds)
Andrea de Bruin (assistant development)

Communication

Vanessa Groenewegen

Finance / Administration / HR

Joost Cras (head of finance & HR)
Niels Andree Wiltens (HR, residency & process administration)

Building / Operations

Michel de Rooij (head of operations)
Harold Verbakel (ICT)
Peter Amponsah (caretaker)
Feras Dahhan (caretaker)
Anita Autar (cleaning)

Cantina

Bas Magnée (coordinator)
René Blits
Wiebe Bouwsema

Freelancer:
Martine Albitrouw-Segijn

Supervisory Board Rijksakademie

Defne Ayas
Chris Buijink (chair)
Bregtje van der Haak
Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau
Marlies Rohmer
Vinod Subramaniam

Supervisory Board Trust Fund

Job Dura
Wouter Han
Marian Scheele (chair)

Aldo Esparza Ramos

NL/MX, 1986

  • resident
    • 2019
    • 2020

Artist statement

Currently, most of Aldo Esparza Ramos’ poetic acts are centred on the way cacao has been implicated in the connection between modernity and coloniality. Ever since Europeans set foot on the American continent, cacao has been heavily exploited and exported. As a result, the function of cacao over more than 5,000 years of history in different cultures has been neglected and erased from Western nowledge. To this day the production chain of chocolate is marked by a global pollutive mass consumption that has transformed this natural resource into a toxic industry, destroying lands, as well as human and animal lives, leaving devastated ecosystems and ruined cultures behind.

Esparza Ramos is a griot, a travellerpoet, a decolonial storyteller. His practice is directed towards social healing; he wants to intervene in daily life and build communities around decoloniality. He cycles to parks and squares with his tricycle to roast, peel, and grind cacao beans with the public – all the while sharing stories that he comes across during his research into the histories and production of chocolate, as well as his visits to self-sustaining indigenous communities in Abya Yala (not colonised America).

The indigenous concept of sentipensar, or “thinking through feeling,” is central to his work. He stimulates an open form of dialogue in which listening to other forms of knowledge and other ways of being is actively pursued. As an intermediary between different epistemologies and perspectives, Esparza Ramos carefully walks the fine line between the risk of appropriating indigenous culture and his aim to reeducate himself and the public in their role as consumers.

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