As part of its multi-year Global Collaborations programme, the Stedelijk Museum invited the Ghanaian artist Bernard Akoi-Jackson as an artist in residence. Akoi-Jackson has developed a project on the themes of culture and identity, in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum’s ‘Blikopeners’. The Blikopeners are young people, aged 15 to 19, with a fresh view of art. They have diverse backgrounds, follow different studies and come from different Amsterdam neighbourhoods. Bram Verhoef, himself an up-and-coming art professional, is following the project (his first two reports are available here and here) and gives us a report.
In this third and last report the focus is on the final episode of the project: the exhibition in the Blikopener Spot. Together with Bernard I look back at the project, taking the exhibition as a point of departure. How did the project evolve? I also spoke with two of the Blikopeners who were actively involved in the project. What were their experiences?