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Double screening ~ SIKSA and Dom Mody Limanka

February 24, 2020 posted in collaboration, events

Still from Stabat Mater Dolorosa. Musical about Death and the Maiden, 2018

~ S C R E E N I N G

Stabat Mater Dolorosa. Musical about Death and the Maiden 61′
The Last Train to Warsaw 22′

DATE: Thursday 27th of February 2020
TIME: 19:00 – 21:00


Upominki cordially invites you to join them for a double screening by independent Polish artists and filmmakers from the generation of ’80 and ’90.

SIKSA and Dom Mody Limanka carry a certain commonality; with their exceptional autonomous approach they gained a recognition in both: the underground and the institutional context. The meeting of two opposite poles, is precisely what drives their work the most. By bringing these two productions and practices together, we wish to open up a discussion about the current political climate, and the socio-economical problems Poland is facing today. To what extent are they exclusive to their national context? Or are they rather universal concerns that should be discussed on a global scale?

This screening is a first of a few encounters realised in collaboration with emilia dudziec, Upominki’s current guest artist.



SIKSA. Stabat Mater Dolorosa
Musical about Death and the Maiden


Directed: Piotr Macha + SIKSA
Script: Stabat Mater Dolorosa
Cast: Check yourself
Production: Hardcore DIY
2018, PL

Musical based on SIKSA’s Stabat Mater Dolorosa is a performative dream of making a movie come true, where both the dream and the movie are like chewing gum that has been tasteless for too long. A nostalgic invitation to a dancing story about a girl returning to her childhood, when she dressed up as different women using her mother’s wardrobe, and all the roles she played to please herself. This film is a tool for reconstructing the scenes from the youth, as well as a baroque farewell to all the glitter and unicorns. Stabat Mater Dolorosa is like a bayonet slashing through modern times. She gives us micro-performances with all her body, and at her own risk. SIKSA’s music is the scenario rejected, grinded, spat out, negated and intensified by the characters. Piotr Macha’s camera is one of the murder weapons that SIKSA would like to use to fuck up the modern reality. It’s a language of art that SIKSA has been using almost unnoticed since 2014. A gun, a girl and death – those are the times we live in.

Siksa (Alex Freiheit: scream and lyrics & Piotr Buratyński: bass guitar noises) is the most divisive Polish artist in recent memory, whose radical and brutally honest performances are smashing the patriarchy one gig at a time. Coming from punk, literary and theatre backgrounds, her shows dissect the Polish consciousness. To quote her own words, she’s a girl on a mission.


The Last Train to Warsaw


Production: Dom Mody Limanka, Jakub Dylewski
Camera: Jakub Dylewski
Director’s cooperation: Aleksandra Maciejczyk
Script: Monika Estera Dembińska
Sound and film editing: Asia Szczęsnowicz
Music: Marcel Baliński
2019,  PL

The Last Train to Warsaw is a final video production of the artist collective whose 5 minutes of fame has passed. The main characters are faced with the choice whether to move to the capital – Warsaw, and leave Lodz, a city completely destroyed and troubled by scarcity. Staying in Lodz would mean continuing their utopian project i.e. leading an artistic practice on the periphery.

aka DML (Limanka’s Fashion House) an artist collective from Łódź (PL) operated between 2017 and 2019. The group’s activities were mostly focused on organising events in a rented flat – previously gynecological practice. In DML’s work art and life were interwoven. Just as in their flat, where the private: home, would always meet the public: a studio, gallery, showroom, or a shooting set for their last video.

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Welcome emilia!

January 29, 2020 posted in collaboration, labour, projects

emilia dudziec (obite łokcie) – is a visual artist who’s concerns are the permanent anxiety phenomenon, and the aspect of powerlessness in the current state of affairs. Therefore she believes in plant-based cuisine, friendship and collective activities. Emilia graduated from the Faculty of Painting and Sculpture at the Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław and recently she has completed an art residency at the JEST gallery also in Wroclaw. Since 2012 she has been co-creating the DO READ! Word Deconstruction Festival. Together with Agata Lankamer she runs the relax art space in her hometown Częstochowa. Between January and April emilia is assisting with the daily activities at Upominki and developing her own project due in April 2020.




September 18, 2019 posted in collaboration, functional objects and materials, labour, projects

Image: Automated image by the Rib247 camera currently at Upominki, Rotterdam

Rib247 is back online this time looking outward inside Rotterdam’s art initiatives. LIVE footage of seemingly unproductive time, the camera observes a cat, a plant on the windowsill and counts the endless passing of a person going to its studio. Starting with Upominki, followed by Het Wilde Weten and others.

Since 2012, Upominki is a project space located in the house of Rotterdam-based artist Weronika Zielinska and her family.

“As the years go by, with each new project we establish new collaborations. Through (re)searching, practicing and negotiating for new forms of exchange, we learn about the multiple relationships built throughout our creative processes. Upominki means in Polish “gifts”. With our program, we like to explore the concepts of hospitality, reciprocity and gift-giving theory.”

For live footage go to

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Border Agency ~event in the framework of Liquid Landscapes: what if the ground under your feet can’t be trusted?

July 4, 2019 posted in collaboration, events, research

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Time: 19:00 – 21:30

Together with the Border Agency collective, we would like to cordially invite you to join and discuss their research titled Liquid Landscapes: what if the ground under your feet can’t be trusted?, through which the concepts of landscape, media, and identity are being addressed. This gathering is a proposition for starting a new conversation, during which each participant will be asked to reflect on the following question: what if the ground under your feet can’t be trusted? 

The participants’ answers will be then collectively discussed through the perspective of this research that questions the experience of a weaponized landscape. How can an everyday landscape become a weapon? Can a certain territory turn against its inhabitants? What strategies can we use in order to access and appropriate a territory that has been already weaponized?


This activity is a side event of the Border Agency collective solo exhibition at the Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen. You are also invited to visit the exhibition opening on Sunday, July 7, 15.00. Opening speech at 15.30, followed by Q&A, drinks and music by Mayo. The exhibition will run until 1 of September this year. Kunstfort Vijfhuizen Fortwachter 1, 2141 EV Vijfhuizen.

Fort bij Vijfhuizen was part of a 19th cen­tury mil­i­tary strategy which trans­formed land­scape into a weapon by using water as a de­fense line. Con­sid­ering this Stelling van Amsterdam re­mained un­used and thus, in turn, be­came part of the land­scape, col­lec­tive Border Agency con­fronts in their ex­hi­bi­tion vis­i­tors with an “ac­tive” land­scape. For Liquid Landscapes they com­bine their on­going Land­mines Pro­ject with new work. This new in­stal­la­tion, made with local col­lab­o­ra­tors, ques­tions the ex­pe­ri­ence of a weaponized land­scape by linking the Stelling van Amsterdam and the mine­fields in the At­a­cama desert, at the bor­ders of Chile, Ar­gen­tina, Peru and Bo­livia.

Border Agency is an in­ter­na­tional col­lec­tive formed in Chile, which studies the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of land­scape and re­la­tion­ships that are es­tab­lished in dif­ferent com­mu­ni­ties. They use video, audio, dig­ital pho­tog­raphy, draw­ings and in­stal­la­tion. The col­lec­tive is run by Maria-Rosario Mon­tero, Paula Salas and Se­bas­tian Melo.

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Upominki at Galería Metropolitana

May 5, 2019 posted in collaboration, events, projects, research, residency, subsidy

GALERÍA METROPOLITANA, within the framework of its curatorial program 
2018-2020, Strategies to divert Neoliberalism, presents:
Upominki (residency and research)

Friday 3 May 2019 at 19h

Weronika Zielinska (Upominki, Rotterdam) finishes off her residency in Galería Metropolitana, as part of an intercontinental exchange, which includes two self-guided residency programs between Santiago and Rotterdam. This exchange results from the same interests that both projects share with respect to: autonomy and self-initiative, economy and relationships; reciprocity and care. And, given that the two projects operate from the domestic space, we wish to frame this exchange as an extension of our work’ politics that crosses art and life.

From April 19 to May 2, Weronika conducted a research-based project in collaboration with Bruno, Lilly and Marc Klein, the artist’s closest family. In this period they have been developing meetings and conversations with the local communities of artists, academics, students, neighbours, activists and Mapuche creators in order to learn about the different feminist and other practices.

“Galería Metropolitana is spacious and children friendly with easy access for wheelchairs and strollers. By taking my family on a residency I meant to productively deal with the struggle of balance –between my work and life– without undermining one from another. By making the existing precarious conditions explicit, I used them as opportunities for creating new meanings. Shaped by trust and generosity not by distant prejudices, this project’s main objective was spontaneity and no high expectations. The given conditions weren’t obstacles, hence neither they were counterfeit nor new, for any one. As work is part of life, life becomes part of the work. Finally this project carries the approach through which I claim and make visible the artist-mother’ way, amidst the two modes of her being and operating in the world. (WZK)

This project is kindly supported by CBK Rotterdam.

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Field Trip #18, Rania Atef

April 7, 2019 posted in collaboration, events

’Do I Look Like a Seahorse’? 

Date: Monday, April 8, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Rania Atef (1988) is an Egyptian multidisciplinary visual artist whose work explores the notions of play and craft across a wide range of mediums including: painting, sculpture, installation and video. She obtained her Bachelor degree in Product design from the faculty of Applied Arts in 2011 and is currently enrolled in MASS Alexandria 2018/2019 program for Contemporary Art.  Atef has participated in a number of local and international exhibitions and festivals.

On Monday, the 8th of April, in collaboration with m/other voices and Upominki, Rania Atef will present her artistic practice and current project ‘Do I Look Like a Seahorse’ , reflecting on her experiences of motherhood, both as an experience and an institution within her native Arab context.

Please reserve via as places are limited.

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Seed to seed 🍀Gill Baldwin with Upominki and others

March 28, 2019 posted in collaboration, projects, research, residency, subsidy

Seed to seed 🍀 Gill Baldwin with Upominki and others
6 April – 30 June 2019

Opening: 5 April 2019 at 19h

Looking at collaborative action as a means to create space, Upominki asks what happens if the creation of a garden is public? Can a collective experience form a spatial quality?

Over the next few months Upominki will host artist and curator Gill Baldwin, embarking on a series of research around the act of gardening, community and collective action. On Friday April 5th the project kicks off with an exhibition of the artists Minji Choi and Seokyung Kim’s work titled Manifesto for Living Beings, a typographic poster series depicting recommendations by the Ethics Committee on Non Human Biotechnology (ENCH).

Taking a closer look at the urban green spaces in the neighbourhood, we have created a reading bench, displaying a series of DIY local publications made by the creators of the spaces within Oude Westen. This includes a DIY publication made by artist Marie-Sarah Simon. Klimaten, a story of five different gardens and vogels zingen midden in de stad, telling the history of the Wijkpark and the Wijktuin. Both generously provided by Wilma Kruger from Werkgroep Wijktuin and Aktiegroep Het Oude Westen. Special thanks to volunteers for Amelie Unger, Magdalena Wierzbicka and Salvador Miranda, for maintenance and care of the garden. Our participant group is always expanding, including ongoing collaborations with performance artist Sophie Schmidt and many more to come.

Admission to the space is requested in the donation of a package of seeds, a plant, soil or even a deceased plant. We don’t mind! Together using the gardening tools provided we invite you to collectively plant your donation, contributing to Upominki first ever indoor window garden.

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Taking Care ~ Rachel Epp Buller

November 10, 2018 posted in collaboration, events, research, residency, subsidy

Taking Care, by Rachel Epp Buller
19 – 23 November 2018
12:00 – 17:00

/Exhibition running until the 31st of December/

Dear friend, by Rachel Epp Buller
Friday 23 November 2018
19:00 – 20:00

From the 19th of November to the 23rd of November, between the hours of 12:00-17:00 the artist, scholar, printmaker and mother Rachel Epp Buller can be visited at Upominki, Rotterdam, where as the artist in residence she will embroider words on in a durational performance devoted to care and listening. The artist welcomes community members to join her in embroidering, crocheting, knitting, or just in conversation.

Epp Buller’s latest work Taking Care explores letter-writing as an act of care and a bond of human connection that is directly connected to slowing down, taking time to take care, with our words and for each other. In Taking Care, the artist invites participants to write her a letter that recounts an act of care, large or small; she offers to receive these words, to intimately listen, and to embroider the words to make publicly visible these often unseen labors.

The residency period will end in the performance of ‘Dear friend’, a performative reading of letters across time, written by Rachel Epp Buller and performed together with the artists Deirdre M. Donoghue, Barbara Phillip, and Weronika Zielinska-Klein. This performative reading of letters and epistolary texts considers how feminist maternal relations of care and attunement in the present, and a willingness to listen to voices from the past, might help us to radically reorient our ways of relational being for the future. Doors will open at 18:00, the performance commences at 19:00 and lasts for 1 hour. Before the performance there will be soup served and afterwards the bar will be open.

Please reserve in advance via:

Additionally, in the framework of the ongoing Field Trip programme by the m/other voices, on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, Upominki will be hosting the artist and her guests for Field Trip #17. Please reserve via as places are limited. For more information go to m/

Dr. Rachel Epp Buller is a feminist art historian, printmaker, book artist, professor and mother of three, whose art and scholarship often speak to these intersections. Her writings on art and the maternal include Reconciling Art and Mothering (Ashgate/Routledge) and the forthcoming Inappropriate Bodies: Art, Design, and Maternity (Demeter). Her current creative work explores letter-writing as a radical act of care and listening across time. Her curatorial projects often involve collaboration, across disciplines and across countries. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a board member of the National Women’s Caucus for Art (US), a regional coordinator of the international Feminist Art Project, and current Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Design at Bethel College (US).



Beyond the Moon ~ events

October 5, 2018 posted in collaboration, events, projects, research, subsidy

~ Wednesday 7 November at 12:45-14:45h together with Rotterdam based artist and architect Gill Baldwin, we will be hosting a workshop for children between 6-12 years from the Oude Westen primary schools, inspired by the artist’s fascination in dysfunctionality of architecture, curved lines and asymmetry. Maak je eigen droomhuis is being realised in collaboration with De Nieuwe Gaffel, a place for meeting, citizen power, participation, emancipation and reciprocity in the Oude Westen in Rotterdam.

~ Sunday 11 November at 15-18h closing event of Ger C. Bout Beyond the Moon. This event serves as a wonderful opportunity for a local get-together of different individuals and neighbourhood initiatives, actively involved in the on-going discussion on gentrification and social housing situation in the Oude Westen area.

This project is kindly supported by

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Beyond the Moon ~ Ger C. Bout / second part

October 5, 2018 posted in collaboration, exhibitions, projects, subsidy

Beyond the Moon, Ger C. Bout, detail, Unseen Amsterdam, 2018

Beyond the Moon ~
Ger C. Bout

13.10 – 11.11.2018

Locations: Upominki, Sint-Mariastraat 132B and 136B

OPENING: 13 October 2018 19h

Beyond the Moon exhibition at Upominki, taking place between October 13th and November 11th, presents a collection of works by deceased artist Ger C. Bout. It is the second part of a project inaugurated past September during CO-OP at Unseen Amsterdam. Conveying the same title as the central piece, this exhibition is an experiment on the exhibition making itself, as well as on the exhibition formats that may channel the artist’s interests and work. It is a result of a collective effort, which brings along the collaborative spirits between Upominki, Ger’s wife Riitta and Ger’s legacy. While showing a selection of the artist’s archive that studies the multiple meanings of a house – within his material and collaborative projects and the Beyond The Moon series for example – we are physically and figuratively constructing a platform that carries and frames Bout’s practice. And thus his endless interest around ideas of hosting, housing and making together.

Beyond the Moon at Upominki is being realised within the framework of the on-going Window dressing project. Yet, especially for this occasion, Upominki inhabits the ground floor in the house of our neighbours that will serve as a platform, through which different moments for engagement with the artists’ archive will be made possible. Through simple adjustments these two spaces will be serving as sites for exhibition, workshop or a discursive event, depending on the situation.

Upon this endeavour we wish to explore the ways in which the individual artistic vision challenges that of the curator, and how they can merge or diffuse. We are interested in expanding the notions of collaboration and the manner in which the artist’s legacy can be transmitted outside of the sterile or the neutral. As we find ourselves most essentially motivated by the relationships we built throughout our creative processes. This project is a tribute to Ger C. Bout’s work and our friendship.

Upcoming events during the exhibition:

  • Wednesday 7th November at 12:45 – 14:45

Maak je eigen droomhuis in collaboration with the Nieuwe Gaffel, hosted by Rottterdam based artist and architect Gill Baldwin. Workshop for children between 6-12 years from the Oude Westen primary schools, inspired by the artist’s fascination in dysfunctionality of architecture, curved lines and asymmetry.

  • Exact date TBA soon

En wat nu?! A get-together of different individuals and neighbourhood initiatives, actively involved in the on-going discussion on gentrification and social housing situation in the Oude Westen area.

For more information see also here. For the most up to date information on our events follow our fb page.

This project is kindly supported by CBK Rotterdam, Gemeente Rotterdam.

With special thanks to Riitta Bout-Saari and Samer Abdelnour.





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