Start date: 18/11/2017

End date: 26/11/2017

Time: 12-18 hrs

Location: Castrum Peregrini

Memory Machine


About hiding as a way of a staying alive



A two-fold exhibition with in-situ works and performances at Castrum Peregrini 18 – 26 November 2017 and an extensive group exhibition at Framer Framed 18 January – 11 March 2018.


Castrum Peregrini
18-26 November 2017
Open daily 12-18 hrs (Monday closed)

Some Things Hidden is an exhibition about things that are hidden and about hiding as a way of survival. The first part of the exhibition will take place from 18 to 26 November at Castrum Peregrini, a former WWII hiding place on Herengracht in the historic centre of Amsterdam. At the invitation of curator Nina Folkersma and artist Charlott Markus seven artists present new or existing works especially for this location: Alexis Blake (US, 1981), Sara Blokland (NL, 1969), Zhana Ivanova (BG, 1977), Charlott Markus (SE, 1974), Shana Moulton (US, 1976), Femmy Otten (NL, 1981) and Marijn Ottenhof (NL, 1985).

Hiding is a way of staying alive.
This exhibition’s point of departure is artist Charlott Markus’ personal story about her great aunt, a petite Jewish woman who hid in the open, fully visible in Berlin’s World War II. As a former safe house and a cultural institution that links history to current social issues, Castrum Peregrini provides a meaningful context for Some Things Hidden. The exhibition allows the visitor to reflect upon questions such as: What does ‘hiding’ mean today? What threats do we have to hide from? What things do we hide from ourselves? And what are the possibilities of hiding in our current, highly-digitized world? According to the English poet and author David Whyte, ‘hiding’ is necessary in order to protect ourselves from misunderstandings, oppression and control by others. “Hiding is a way of staying alive” – this multi-layered idea forms the core of the exhibition.

The second part of Some Things Hidden is on view at Framer Framed from 18 January to 11 March 2018. In addition to the works of the abovementioned artists, this exhibition contains works by: Hélène Amouzou (TG, 1969), Lynn Hershman Leeson (US, 1941), Bertien van Manen (NL, 1942), Cauleen Smith (US, 1957) and Batia Suter (CH, 1967).

The two-fold exhibition consists of a carefully selected combination of new and existing works by emerging and internationally renowned artists from different generations. At Castrum Peregrini, emphasis is placed on new performances and in-situ works, presented in the original studio of Gisèle, artist and founder of Castrum Peregrini. For example, one of the artists, Femmy Otten, presents her work in the midst of Gisèle’s collected objects and art works as a form of ‘hiding in plain sight’. Performance artist Alexis Blake holds open rehearsals for her new project Anger/Empathy about suppressed emotions and how the body stores them as an archive.

In Framer Framed, the performances will get a physical form and the exhibition is further completed by spatial works, video installations and photography. Here, the ‘hidden’ is placed in another social context: What stories get less attention and are thus ‘hidden’ in society? What parts of our history are not told? Together, the exhibitions offer a range of female perspectives and reflections on the phenomenon of ‘hiding’.

In addition to the exhibition at Castrum Peregrini, there is a public programme with artist talks and performative ‘gestures’ during Amsterdam Art Weekend. More information about the exhibition and the public programme at Framer Framed follows in a later press release.


Public programme at Castrum Peregrini

Saturday 18 November 16:30 hrs

Vernissage with introduction by Charlott Markus and Nina Folkersma


Friday 24 November 15:30 hrs

Artist Talk with Sara Blokland and Femmy Otten, moderated by Oscar van den Boogaard

Saturday 25 November 13:00 hrs

Performative ‘gestures’ by Alexis Blake and Marijn Ottenhof


Some Things Hidden is curated by Nina Folkersma and Charlott Markus and is part of The Female Perspective year programme 2017, curated by Nina Folkersma. The Female Perspective is made possible by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Mondriaan Fonds.

For more information: Frans Damman: +31 20 623 52 87