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New grants by Shared Cultural Heritage Matching Fund

Eleven new projects will receive support from DutchCulture’s Shared Cultural Heritage Matching Fund.
12 June 2018

The Matching Fund supports projects that contribute to the increased visibility of Shared Cultural Heritage. An independent Programme Council assessed a total of twenty applications in the round of April 2018.

The next deadline for the Matching Fund is on 15 October 2018.

Projects receiving a grant:

  • Impossible Journeys in Russia and Persia Now and Then by Castrum Peregrini and various Russian partners. This project uses noteworthy journeys from a shared past as a source for contemporary art that connects three countries. Using the 17th-century book Drie aanmerkelijke en zeer rampspoedige reizen (Three remarkable and most perilous journeys) by Jan Janszoon Struys as a basis, artists from the Netherlands, Russia and Iran set out on explorations and create new works. The results of the project are shared through exhibitions and public activities.
  • Double Heritage is a photography project by Roosje Verschoor (Klap Film) about the heritage of Moengo, Suriname. Under supervision of a photographer, local youths document the public life of the town, which consists of both colonial buildings and spaces and the culture of its residents. Results are shown in exhibitions in Moengo, Paramaribo and Amsterdam, as well as in a photography book.
  • For Uit Naam van de Majesteit (In the Name of Our Majesty), Vilan van de Loo is writing a biography about J.B. van Heutsz (1851-1924). A controversial key figure in the shared colonial history of the Netherlands and Indonesia, the biography puts his life in the context of his time, offering fresh insights into colonial history and nation building.
  • The performance Lalla Rookh by choreographer and dancer Shailesh Bahoran tells the story of the ship that brought the first migrants for indentured labour from India to Suriname. With dance, live music and spoken word, a Surinamese/Dutch cast takes the audience back to a shared past. The objective is to make the roots of the Hindu community more visible and to inspire youths to investigate their own history and identity.
  • The documentary Nola - 'Schilderes van Negers' by producer In-Soo Radstake explores the work and life of artist Nola Hatterman (1899-1984) and her significance for Suriname and the Netherlands. The documentary explores themes that were important to Hatterman and that remain relevant today: migration, xenophobia and decolonisation. 
  • With Joodse Route Suriname (Suriname Jewish Route), the Jewish Historical Museum from Amsterdam seeks to increase public awareness of Surinamese Jewish history, by making the traces of this (shared) past visible for children and adults (tourists) using maps, future-proof information signs, and an educative programme for schools.
  • With Indische Pracht, the Westfries Museum explores the shared botanical heritage of the Netherlands and Indonesia, with a photography exhibition on the plants and flowers of the Indonesian Archipelago. The photos are the work of photographer Dennis A-Tjak, and are placed in the context of centuries of interest in and fascination with the flora of this region. 
  • The Nature of Botanical Gardens by Framer Framed similarly delves into the botanical history of the Netherlands and Indonesia by looking at the botanical network that emerged during the Netherlands’ colonial years, and the stories carried by the plants as silent witnesses. The project comprises exhibitions, a public programme and the realisation of new artworks based on archive research.
  • The documentary Ze noemen me Baboe (They Call Me Baboo) by Pieter van Huystee Film tells the story of the “baboe” (an Indonesian nanny or servant), against the background of colonial history. Her gaze, voice and story give new meaning to the archived footage and give a face to this history, from an Indonesian perspective.  
  • For Masterclass in the CSMVS Museum, Stichting Cultuur Inventarisatie collaborated with its Indian partner Anupam Say to develop a programme for restorers and researchers in the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre, aimed at the collection of Dutch and Flemish Masters. Through this project, the masterclass is realised with the goals of cataloguing the collection, making it digitally available, and compiling condition reports for restorations. 
  • In God zij met ons Suriname (God be with us Suriname), journalist and sociologist Herman Vuijsje investigates changes in the area of religion as a carrier of identity and an aspect of shared cultural heritage. The results will be published in a book (Amsterdam University Press), articles in various media, presentations at the Meertens Instituut and possibly in lectures at Anton de Kom University in Suriname.

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