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Aug 20, 2020

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, three curators talk about the future of art, their daily lives and creative projects during the large-scale social distancing

Aug 4, 2020

As the exhibition 'On the Nature of Botanical Gardens' nears its end, Framer Framed organised an artist talk with participating artists Arahmaiani, Lifepatch, Zico Albaiquni, and curator Sadiah Boonstra, to discuss their work and vision on topics of identity, colonial and botanical history, indigenous knowledge and the use and exploitation of nature in Indonesia. 'On the Nature of Botanical Gardens' closes its doors on 16 August 2020-- come visit during these last weeks!

The Distillery

Jul 4, 2020

Dr Sadiah Boonstra is a cultural historian and curator. She currently combines her appointment as Asia Scholar at Melbourne University with being an independent curator in Jakarta, Indonesia. In her broad cultural practice, she merges academic expertise with curation, producing, and public programming.

She is fascinated by the entanglement of the past and the present, especially when it concerns the legacies of history, heritage and the arts of colonial and contemporary Indonesia.

Jun 22, 2020

Zico Albaiquini's Ruwatan Tanah Air Beta was contributed by Sadiah Boonstra, curator of the exhibition On the Nature of Botanical Gardens by Framer Framed.

The On the Nature of Botanical Gardens exhibition shows the work of nine Indonesian artists who take a critical look at botanical gardens, colonial power and knowledge building. They also want to show their work what the effect is on plants and nature if you approach them economically. The exhibition lasts until August 16 and you can go there for free.

Interview with Sadiah Boonstra: ‘On the Nature of Botanical Gardens’

April 9, 2020


’s Lands Plantentuin

March 11, 2020

Een van de eerste haltes op de route van het koninklijk staatsbezoek aan Indonesië was het presidentieel paleis in Bogor, hier beter bekend als Paleis Buitenzorg, naar de naam van de plek onder Nederlands bewind. Op het landgoed bevindt zich tevens een beroemde botanische tuin, aangelegd door de Duitse botanicus Reinwardt, die voor Nederland planten en zaden uit de hele archipel verzamelde, met als doel de teelt. ’s Lands Plantentuin heet nu Kebun Raya Bogor.


On the Nature of Botanical Gardens bij Framer Framed

March 9, 2020

Het hervinden én zich verbinden met kennis van de natuur zoals die vóór de Nederlandse overheersing van Indonesië bestond: dat is een van de doelstellingen van de tentoonstelling On the Nature of Botanical Gardens in Framer Framed. Over de dekolonisatie van de tuin.

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Report: On the Future of Botanical Gardens 

March, 2020

The exhibition On the Nature of Botanical Gardens: Contemporary Indonesian Perspectives was borne out of in-house research as critical perspectives of plants, the exploitation of nature, and botanical indigenous knowledge. Themes that have cropped up in previous Framer Framed exhibitions.


Review ‘On the Nature of Botanical Gardens’ by Ian Tee

February 20, 2020

Botanical gardens are enjoyed today as places of leisure, where one is able to view a vast variety of plants and flowers from around the world. Yet, these sites are also tools of empire intrinsically tied to colonial practices of collecting and displaying "ethnographic" objects.

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Wayang Karya Kolaborasi Santri Majenang Dipamerkan di Belanda

January 29, 2020

Kiprah para santri dalam bidang seni dan budaya semakin berkembang pesat dengan mengembangkan seni tradisi ke seni modern dan kontemporer sesuai semangat zaman generasi masa kini. Salah satunya adalah keterlibatan para santri dalam pameran bertajuk On The Nature of Botanical Gardens di galeri Framer Framed, Amsterdam, Belanda.


The Curator’s Pick: Six shows at Asia TOPA 2020 that you can’t miss

Januari 13, 2020

From a Vietnamese bamboo circus to an Indonesian heavy metal choir, Asia TOPA will bring three months of music, dance, theatre, art and ideas to Victoria

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Memoria Plantae: Perspectives on the Dutch Botanical Network

December 10, 2019

On the 10th of December you are invited to be part of a conversation in the lead-up to our next exhibition, On the Nature of Botanical Gardens (2020), curated by Sadiah Boonstra.

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Indië Next

December 7, 2019

Herinneringen aan en representatie van het verleden raken de kern van het Indisch Herinneringscentrum. Maar wat wordt er precies herinnerd en wat niet? Welke verhalen krijgen een plek en voor wie spreken ze? Op zaterdag 7 december organiseert het Indisch Herinneringscentrum in Museum Sophiahof Indië Next, een programma met lezingen, discussies, muziek en dans, over de dynamiek van de herinnering.

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Dr Sadiah Boonstra and Kok Heng Leun in conversation.

November 18, 2019

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