HIA Talks & H401: Shame & Masculinity

Date: 27/01/2021

Time: 17.00 - 18.30

Location: online

Moderated by Raissa Biekman, program manager of HIA NL, Nalini Malani, Femke Zeven and Ina van Zyl will discuss some of the topics from the exhibition SHAME! And Masculinity: rape culture, body positivity, sensuality and masculinity.

The Artist Talk is a cooperation between H401 and Humanity In Action NL. The talk will take place in the exhibition SHAME! And Masculinity.  

To participate online, please register here.

The exhibition SHAME! And Masculinity, curated by Ernst van Alphen, examines various expressions of shame in connection with masculinity. The artists participating in this exhibition are Marlene Dumas, Ina van Zyl, Natasja Kensmil, Nalini Malani, Arnoud Holleman, Jeanette Christensen, Philip Miller, Artur Zmijewski and Hans Hovy. The exhibition runs from 22/09/2020 till 28/02/2021. 

Humanity In Action NL (HIA NL) is an international educational non – profit organization and part of a collaborative learning community in Europe and the United States. They are committed to a society with a robust rule of law. Humanity in Action The Netherlands informs, connects, and inspires young people to engage in dialogue and take action for human rights, democracy, and inclusivity. 

Raissa Biekman  
Raissa Biekman holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Political Science, and a masters degree in Public Administration. She specializes in International Relations. After her graduation in 2013, Raissa worked in higher education in Surinam as a lecturer and education coordinator. Her passion for international social issues has always been a common thread in her career. In the past, Raissa also served as a moderator for local political events, delegation visits from international organizations, such as the International Monetary Fund, and international conferences. In addition, she worked as a consultant and political analyst for local media (STVS) and international organizations. At the moment Raissa works as Program Manager for Humanity In Action NL. 

Nalini Malani
Nalini Malani (1946, Karachi) is an artist that combines in a unique way a diversity of media to give her political engagement a platform. A refugee herself of the partition of India and Pakistan, her work gives lots of attention to topics such as migration, globalization, poverty and the oppression of women. With her work she pressures the existing cultural stereotypes. 
Malani obtained a degree in Fine Arts at the Sir Jamshedjee Jeejeebhoy School of Art, Bombay. During her study she lived in the Bhulabhai Memorial Institute, a place where artists, musicians, dancers and actors individually and as a community worked together. In 1970 Malani received a scholarship from the French government to continue her studies in Paris. At the moment a solo exhibition of Malani can be visited in the Whitechapel Gallery, Londen, named: Can you hear me? This exhibition was previously shown at the Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, Bombay.
In the Fundació Joan Miro, Barcelona, an overview of the works of Nalini Malani could be visited till the 29th of November 2020. This exhibition was called: You don’t hear me.
Upcoming events are exhibitions in the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art Porto, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide and in England as well in the Holburne museum (Autumn 2022) and the National Gallery (spring 2023).  

The movie made by Nalini Malani now on show in H401 is a special, new work specifically made for the exhibition SHAME! And Masculinity.  

Ina van Zyl
Ina van Zyl is a South African artist. She studied fine arts at the University of Stellenbosch. Her career started with drawing cartoons for the underground comic Bitterkomix, a magazine characterized by engagement and independence. Only after she arrived in Amsterdam, where she studied at De Ateliers, her art got a more autonomous character and she started painting. Shame is an important topic in her work. She places the uncomfortable feeling shame can evoke on the viewer. 

Last year a solo exhibition of Ina van Zyl could be visited in Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam, with the name Light as a needle. In the Ketelfactory, Schiedam, the exhibition Higlighting Skin (s) could be visited where the works of Ina van Zyl and Michael Kirkham took a central place. 

Femke Zeven
Project manager at Bureau Clara Wichmann that aims to improve the social and legal position of women in the Netherlands. Femke Zeven is working on The ‘Alliantie Samen Werkt Het’ (ASWH) is an alliance, formed with Women Inc., NVR, Women, and Movisie, which strives for a society in which all genders will have equal opportunity to combine work and caretaking. Her tasks are of a legal nature, combined with lobbying for these topics. Femke Zeven is a former fellow of Humanity in Action NL.