NEW ISSUE OUT – Assessing Risk: On Strategies for Health, Safety and Welfare Within Arts Practice

Our brilliant guest editors, Isabelle Sully and Eloise Sweetman, have joined our editorial board guiding us through concerns and issues regarding the structures of the art world and their impact on the production of works of art. Under the banner of ‘risk and safety,’ we have discussed how such measures are mended to protect or challenge a variety of actors and circumstances of this small universe. This issue was proposed prior to the Covid-19 pandemic rendering our realities unrecognizable and it does not consider the impact this has had on the many labourers of the ‘art world.’ However, the questions it raises pertains to past and current streams of critical thought on this topic. Whose safety do we protect? At what ‘cost’ do we take a risk?A postcard insert with a photograph by the artist Lee Kit will accompany the first 100 copies of the journal. On this image, a soft fabric flag wavers in the wind during a protest in Hong Kong, and the same flag has been reproduced on the cover of this issue of Kunstlicht.

Get your copy here and read along!

The Editorial Board


CANCELLED – 19th March – Launch On Mechanical Eyes: Seeing Machines – WdKA Rotterdam

Due to the corona virus and measures adopted by Willem de Kooning Academy, we are sorry to inform you the launch event has been postponed to a later date. We will keep you updated on the new launch date.

The programme will be announced shortly.

When: Thursday 19 March 2020, 6.30-8 pm
Where: Research Station WdKA  (first floor library and research space)
Free entrance

The event is co-organised with Willem de Kooning Academy Honours Programme and takes place at the Research Station, their first floor library and research space.

14th December – Double Launch – WdW Center for Contemporary Art

Join us on Saturday, December 14th at Witte de With, for the launch of our two-part publication on Art Practices of/for Justice. Featuring a screening of Minia Biabiany’s short film ‘Blue Spelling, a change of perspective is a change of temporality’ (2017), and an intervention by Cooperativa Cráter Invertido, an artist-activist collective based in Mexico City.

When: Saturday 14 December 2019, 4 – 6 pm
Where: MELLY (Witte de With ground floor gallery space)
Free entrance


– Short welcome to the evening
– Presentation of publications
– Introduction to and screening of Minia Biabiany, ‘Blue Spelling, a change of perspective is a change of temporality’ (2017)
– Intervention by Cooperativa Cráter Invertido

The issues launched at the event, “Radical Imaginings” and “Contesting Histories”, are parts one and two of an investigation led by managing editor Aline Hernández, on the topic of Art Practices of/for Justice. They focus on alternative ways of contesting, imagining, and pursuing justice through art-related practices.

The event is co-organized with Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, and takes place at MELLY, their ground floor gallery space.

Unpacking Residencies: Launch Event

✨When: Sunday Jan 27th . Doors open at 18:30, programme begins 19:00.

✨Where: OT301

Join us for the launch event of Kunstlicht’s new issue “Unpacking Residencies: Situating the production of cultural relations”. The upcoming issue of Kunstlich addresses the role and significance of art residencies. The issue critically unpacks the stakes involved in perpetuating current models, and examines the potential of art residencies to foster counter-narratives and subversive modes of cultural production.

– Short Welcome by Kunstlicht editor-in-chief Iris Pissaride
– Issue presentation by managing editors Herbert Ploegman and Nikos Doulos
– Presentation of the work “Yield” by artist Laura Wiedijk
– Short Film by artist Dimitra Kondylatou followed by a conversation

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✨Do stay with us after the end of the programme to continue our conversations with a drink at the bar!

[Image: Unpacking Residencies: Situating the production of cultural relations’ Kunstlicht Vol. 39, 2018, no. 2 cover by Laura Wiedijk]