Marieke Zwart

Push/Fall/Repeat, 2017 nr 3 of Lithographic series (of 6)

Marieke Zwart is an artist based in Amsterdam. In her work she explores spaces of contact, through a practice that is based on drawing and video works. Her works are built from socially engaged practices, reflecting on art historical and relational issues. She is interested in social definitions of empowerment and independency, the Dutch colonial past and personal narratives in relation to society.


Je Verdient Het


photography: Natascha Libbert

Maurice Bogaert

Maurice Bogaert (Heerlen 1975)

Lives and works in Amsterdam. Bogaert studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht and got his master at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam in 2001. In recent years Bogaert has developed a series of works in which he included media like architecture, film, texts and fine arts. This mostly resulted in a kind of total experience for the audience. His works vary from extremely monumental walk through installations to tiny scale models. In their own way all his works are efforts to translate camera movements and editing to the physical space. Bogaert participated in many shows ans has had a residency in China and shortly he will be so in het Pomphemaal in Den Helder.

Benjamin Li

Benjamin's handmade 'fortune money': 10000 BL

Different forms of identity, cultural heritage, integration and sense of home are important themes in the work of Benjamin Li. He finds inspiration in everyday life, social media and personal events. Li’s work functions as a mirror, making use of stereotypes and existing misunderstandings.


Je Verdient Het

Cargo in Context

Cargo in Context
Haparandadam 7-b8,
1013 AK Amsterdam
The Netherlands
m: +31 (0)6 21439157



Business hours

Thursdays - Fridays 12.00 – 5.00 pm
Saturdays 1.30 - 5.30 pm
Sundays only during public events 1.30 - 5.30 pm

Cargo is accessible with own transport; one can easily find a (paid) parking place; free parking on Sundays! The parkingcode is 18409.
0 From Amsterdam Central Station in front of the Victoria Hotel one will find bus 48, which brings you to de Houthaven; from bus stop Danziger Bocht | Koivistokade it takes a 5 minutes walk to De Bonte Zwaan (

Legal status body Cargo in Context
Cargo in Context is a foundation, with ANBI-status, registered at the Kamer van Koophandel Amsterdam, under number 52096939

Paul ’t Hart, professor Public Administration Utrecht University (chair)
Marjolijn Bronkhuyzen, department manager marketing EYE Film Museum Amsterdam (member)
Joseefke Brabander, faculty director Academy for Architecture and Urban planning (treasurer)
Lia Gieling, founder | curator (secretary)

Public program Patricia Kaersenhout - Boat trip by Black Heritage Tours

International Group Show

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - Saturday, June 8, 2019

credits invitation card: Cecilia Hendrikx (in coll. with Studio Vanessa van Dam)

Public Program Impossible Journeys (...)

Friday 10 May

5 -8 pm Opening

Welcome by Lia Gieling (Cargo in Context)

Joachim Urlauf (dir. Goethe Institut Lyon) in conversation with Irina Leifer (curator)

Sound performance Soda Lime, Oleg Elagin (RU)

Saturday 11 May

4 - 7 pm Trans-historic and trans-cultural afternoon

4 pm Guided tour and conversation with Oksana Stogova (RU)

4.45 pm Artist talk with Zeinab Shahidi Marnani (IR) showing his recent work

5.30 pm drinks and snacks

6 pm Kees Boterbloem (historian, NL/US) in a Skype conversation about his recent edition of ‘Rampspoedige reizen’.

6.30 pm Drinks

Wednesday 15 May

7 pm On history representation

Larissa Ivanova (curator Museum of Moscow) in conversation with Björn Stenvers,

Irina Leifer and Lars Ebert about institutional strategies to present multi-layered histories.

Snacks and drinks.

Thursday 16 May

7 pm Challenging the perspective

Samira Hashemi (IR) in conversation with Irina Leifer and Paulien Oltheten about intercultural artistic collaboration and mutual (mis)understanding(s).

Wednesday 29 May

4 -7 pm Workshop about co-curating a parallel exhibition of everyday objects

Saturday 8 June

5 - 8 pm Finissage including outcomes of the workshop

Patricia Kaersenhout

© Aatjan Renders

Patricia Kaersenhout (1966)

Visual artist/cultural activist/womanist

Born in The Netherlands out of Surinamese parents, Patricia Kaersenhout since many years embarked on an artistic journey, in which she researches the impact and consequences of the invisibility of the African diaspora and colonialism in relation to her education in a West-European culture. In her work she questions the political changes within the current African diaspora in relationship to feminism, gender, racism and the history of slavery.

Proud Rebels (2015) is a project about de first black feministic wave that took place in the eighties in Amsterdam. The Mondriaan Fund awarded her project for Blueprints for forgotten souls (2015), a research project that was related to one of her ancestors, the only black man who is buried in the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam. Currently Patricia works in a community project in the Bos en Lommer neighbourhood in Amsterdam, titled Guess who’s coming to dinner too?, in which she honours 36 forgotten black women of great merit. It is her critical reaction on Judy Chicago’s famous Dinner party (1979) to which only white women were invited.

Patricia Kaersenhout has exhibitions both in The Netherlands and abroad. She lectures on a regular base about her work in relation to de-colonial theory and she has been appointed at the de-colonial summer school in Middelburg. At the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam she has taught Global Arts and Social Practice. She now supervises students with their final exams at the HKU in Utrecht. Since 2014 she is adviser of the Mondriaan Fund.


Blood Sugar

Boat tour Black Heritage Tours | Public Program Patricia Kaersenhout's Blood Sugar

DUSK by Annaleen Louwes

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - Sunday, March 19, 2017

DUSK © Annaleen Louwes 2017

DUSK by Annaleen Louwes
February 1st – March 19th 2017
Annaleen Louwes
Those who are already familiar with the work of Annaleen Louwes will associate her with probing portraits of vulnerable people: psychiatric patients, prisoners or just people she has come across. Louwes’s patient eye highlights their extreme vulnerability with their inner beauty. Without any personal judgement she therefore invests them with self-esteem and emphasises the human condition implicitly in her work.

From Photography to Film
Without forsaking her customary patience and preciseness, Louwes shows at Cargo a surprising cinematic triptych, that can be seen as an exciting new direction for her body of work. To be better versed in the phenomenon of cinematography, Louwes asked the cinematographer Josje van Erkel to work with her on Dusk and experience the difference of working with moving images as opposed to still ones.

Louwes sees the ephemeral character of De Houthaven as a metaphor for Dusk. The newly reclaimed land looks like a desert with its horizon split by a multiplicity of cranes. The first building has begun and soon the first occupants will move in. The port is also a hive of activity : ships load and unload their goods and then sail off the next day to a fresh destination.

Louwes observes and registers all these movements, but also reveals a hidden world invisible to the ordinary spectator. She uses De Houthaven as the stage for composing her atmospheric triptych, that leads to a sequence of images in which for the first time she experiments with the elapsing of time.

Public programme around Dusk:
1. Merel Bem – On Doorkijken/ A Closer Look at Photography
2. pm Zef Hemel – plea for Amsterdam as a metropolis
3. De Gebouwengids – a walking tour through De Houthaven

Film Crew: Director: Annaleen Louwes Cinematography: Josje van Erkel, NSC Sound: Arthur Wagenaar


Annaleen Louwes

Pjotr Muller: Una giornata particulare, installation in and outside Cargo (1), de Realiteit in Almere 2004

Club Cargo

Audience for Nina Glockner's performance during closing time of Fernweh November 4th

As a non-profit space we have founded Club Cargo. For an amount of € 25 a year one can be a supportive member of it. Of course gold card keepers (for more money) are also greatly welcome. Members will get special attention.

One can subscribe by transferring € 25 to Cargo’s bank account NL76TRIO0197956173, stating ‘membership Club Cargo’.

Yeh join the Club by joining over more than 50 other Cargo-members!

Fernweh #1

Thierry Oussou

Het Remeiland, architecture in transition: from oil rig and radio station to a restaurant. Polaroid by Thierry Oussou for Une Histoire

Visual artist Thierry Oussou (Benin, 1988) started as a selftaught artist. He worked as an assistant for artists like Ernest Houngbo, Barthélemy Toguo and Meshac Gaba. Over the years he gradually developed himself as an interdisciplinairy artist. He researches and analyses the causes and effects of disappearing traditions and also gives subtle suggestions how to be aware of alienation and ways to conserve cultural heritage. Although he often starts from themes, which refer to his homeland of Benin, his critical questions can be understood in a global perspective.

After several short residencies in Western Africa and Europe Oussou, de Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and Lago, Nigeria. He participated in the Dakar Biennal (2014) and and Berlin Biennal (2018) and in 2016 he was nominated for the Koninklijke Prijs voor Schilderkunst. He took part in several groupshows and had solo’s in Benin, Danmark, Bruxelles, Capetown and Amsterdam.


Une histoire: le miel aux lèvres

Nina Glockner

Nina Glockner studied philosophy in Berlin, visual art in Groningen and Istanbul and received her MFA at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Her work has been shown during festivals and in exhibitions in the Netherlands, Japan, Germany and Brazil. She is a guest lecturer at art academies in Ghent, Amsterdam and Zurich and currently works as a research assistant at the Faculty of Media Theory at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.


Je Verdient Het

About Cargo in Context

Introduction to our website: Cargo's-website is a newspaper alike with images that move every other second to a different item; so scrolling through the site is like a kind of explorative expedition. You should follow the categories indicated above to find your way in the current programme and the archives.

Some facts about Cargo in Context

Cargo in Context is a resumption of Cargo, a non-profit project space that was founded in 2001 on de Realiteit in new-town Almere. After founder Lia Gieling had made quite a detour via Rwanda, since October 2016 Cargo has landed in de Houthaven in Amsterdam. Specifally in de Bonte Zwaan (the Multicoloured Swan), a former ship for the shipper’s exchange, which in the last 10 years has become a vital new area for artists and other creatives to nurture and launch their projects.

De Houthaven in Amsterdam is a typical pioneer’s area, perfectly fitting to the expertise of initiator Lia Gieling with all of her history carrying forth from projects in new towns like Almere (Museum De Paviljoens and Cargo) and in Nieuwegein. In Rwanda she was curator in The National Art Gallery.

Only recently De Houthaven has been reinvented as a residential area; its history as a huge lumber port at the waterfront makes it a very inspiring neighbourhood. Where once ships from all over the world were coming here for trade, gradually a new area has been constructed, where people from all walks of life are able to live on or near the waterfront. Besides De Bonte Zwaan is located at the border of the river Het IJ and the North Sea Channel, which can be seen as a significant metaphor for a site where cargo from all over the world can be easily unloaded.

Presentations and Public Programme

Cargo mostly has site specific projects on display. On a regular basis one or more artists are invited especially who deal with urgent matters in their work. With these projects Cargo aims to contribute to the social debate and the role of art and artists in it. The result will be on display in Cargo for several weeks. At the time a project is on display, Cargo also organizes a public programme, which can vary from a performance, a lecture, a film to an excursion.

Management: Lia Gieling

About founder Lia Gieling

Since 1982 Lia Gieling plays along with the Dutch art world. Her academic background includes theatre sciences (MA) and art history (BA). Beauty certainly is an important condition for the projects she has realised so far, but according to her this is certainly not the quintessence. Cargo's point of departure is determined by research based art projects. During her career Gieling always has stressed on the specific characteristics of the spot she was working for. In former days the site specific projects of De Appel. At Twente University the combination of technics, art and and society seemed a fruitful source for her, while new towns like Almere (and later on Nieuwegein) had her focussed at urbanism, public domain and new nature. Recently the post-conflict- and post-colonial situation in Rwanda has embraced her a lot. In Cargo Gieling aims to converge her expertise on all these fields as much as possible.

Financial aspects

Cargo in Context has an ANBI Status

Annual Account 2016

Annual Account 2017

Annaleen Louwes

Impression of the audience during the conversation Stretching the boundaries of Photography, moderated by Lilet Breddels

Annaleen Louwes (Amsterdam, 1959) 

 Fernweh is a second project for Cargo by Annaleen Louwens. After Dusk in 2016 her latest project has been launched September 21 during UNSEEN-2018. Fernweh stands for the longing for the unknown. Louwes' point of departure was the recent passing away of her father and the questions this raised to her. She explored her internal relationship between the existential darkness and lightness and that of the world around her.

Starting from her fascination with the human condition Louwes mixed old and new work, photograpy and film. By doing so she wanted to create an atmosphere of ambiguity, transience and uncertainty. By both delving her own archives and creating new work Louwes tried to unveil an unexpected reality.

Fernweh was financially supported by the Mondriaan Fonds






Une histoire: le miel aux lèvres

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - Sunday, May 21, 2017

Interdisciplinary artist Oussou developed for Cargo a language laboratory, in which he focuses on the authenticity and impact of colonization on a native language and identity. He comes out with evidence for his assumption that the original meaning of many words and expressions have got lost by it. He uses the current transformation of the Houthaven (Lumber ort) as a metaphor for this assumption.

Interviews with different people who witnessed this transformation, constitute the foundation for his research. These interviews are included in 4 languages (Fon, French, Dutch and English) in a space filling artist’s book, that reads like Une histoire: le miel aux lèvres.


Thierry Oussou


Friday, April 6, 2018 - Sunday, May 27, 2018

DEUCE by Naro Snackey

Click here to see the trailer of the project Naro Snackey has realized i.c.w. Paulien Oltheten

Because of her bi-cultural background multimedia artist Naro Snackey is fascinated by the personal history of Indonesians of Dutch descent (Indo’s). In DEUCE she explores the double identity of many so-called Indo’s as the result of a past of colonization and migration with which they have never really come to terms. She focuses on their personal stories and their systematic neglect in the canon of Dutch history.

In DEUCE Snackey juxtaposes this individual experience and the dominating ‘national myth’. In her space-filling installation she tries to reconcile the opposites and claims attention for these (mostly suppressed) stories.

During the first public program Basje Boer performed a poetic column, inspired by Snackey's DEUCE. You can read the column here (in Dutch).

DEUCE has been realized with the financial support of the Mondriaan Fund

Je Verdient Het

Friday, June 15, 2018 - Sunday, July 29, 2018

Review Parool, Verdient Het by Joanneke Meester, 2018

Je Verdient Het was a recurring text image of visual artist Joanneke Meester in the public space around Cargo. This work by Meester was tagged on various facades in the Houthaven and the Spaarndammerbuurt. Both neighbourhoods are developed complementary to each other in terms of functions - living, working, shopping and doing business - by the urban planners. In the past few years, Meester acquired notoriety with her meaningful text images, of which the content gives the spectators food for thought. In and outside the Cargo project space, Benjamin Li and Marieke Zwart were reacting on her one liner with a new work. Nina Glockner and Césare Pietroiusti were showing existing work.

In the projectspace the process of the project will be shown in the form of a stop-motion video, made by Luc Schraauwers (

Je Verdient Het has been made possible with the help of AFK (Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst) and Kunstwerk Loods6.


Cargo asks artists who develop their projects to create a work of art in a limited edition. Such offers a unique opportunity to be the owner of a piece of art for an affordable price. Both the artist and Cargo work on non profit lines. With a purchase you support both parties.

Annaleen Louwes

© Annaleen Louwes

of DUSK (2017) by Annaleen Louwes stills are still available on demand in various measurements;

of Fernweh (2018) by Annaleen Louwes an edition of 10 there

Patricia Kaersenhout

© Patricia Kaersenhout

On the occasion of her project Blood Sugar Patricia Kaersenhout made this riso-print in an edition of 20 copies. This is a still from the documentary Amsterdam, Traces of Sugar (2017) by Ida Does (camera: Jurgen Lisse; editing: Cam Does). Price = € 125, = wihout and with frame € 175, = excl. 6 % VAT

Maurice Bogaert

© Maurice Bogaert

On the occasion of his project Smoke and Mirrors Maurice Bogaert made this print, called Repoussoir [2017], in an edition of 15 copies. Price: € 125 incl. frame excl. 6 % VAT.

Naro Snackey

© Naro Snackey

On the occasion of her project DEUCE, Naro Snackey made this print.

Titel: Ancestor portrait and ceremonial crown
Medium: Digital print on aquarel
Size: 210 bij 297 mm (A4)
Edition: 8
Price: € 120 incl. lijst excl. 6 % BTW.

Joanneke Meester

© Joanneke Meester

On the occasion of her project Je Verdient Het, Joanneke Meester made this print and 7 other unique prints.

Je Verdient Het
Unique print A4
210 x 297 mm (A4)
Edition 8
€ 125 incl. frame excl. 6 % VAT.

Marieke Zwart

© Marieke Zwart

On the occasion Je Verdient Het Joanneke Meester made this print.

Scenes from the Kletskop
Unieke print A4
Oplage 6
€ 120 excl. frame: € 20 excl. 6 % VAT.

Benjamin Li

© Benjamin Li

On the occasion of Je Verdient Het Benjamin Li made this flag. It comes together with a note of his handmade "luck-money".

I Won
Flag, nylon 50 x 70 cm
Edition 10
€ 30 excl. 6 % VAT.

Zone Interdite edition within the frame of Balta's project Lost Paradise; Hand-embroidery in box; Price € 75 incl VAT

Zone Interdite edition within the frame of Balta's project Lost Paradise; Hand-embroidery in box; Price € 75 incl VAT

Installation view of Blood Sugar by Patricia Kaersenhout © Aatjan Renders

Thierry Oussou in conversation with Bart Luirink on April 9th.

Introduction by Neske Beks at the opening of Blood Sugar

Friday, March 8, 2019 - Saturday, March 23, 2019

Image: Rearrangement of Priorities #2

A Rainbow Soulclub cocktail of politics, painting, poetry and coconuts.
The Rainbow Soulclub is a collective of individuals, that operates from the Blaka Watra walk-in centre of the Regenboog Groep, an Amsterdam-based organization that is committed to helping the homeless and drug addicts. The Rainbow Soulclub was founded in 2005 by visual artists Saskia Janssen and George Korsmit, who with the Rainbow Soulclub orchestrate weekly encounters and collaborations between artists, art students and Blaka Watra’s clients. Over the last 14 years these encounters have spawned a whole diversity of activities: painting, writing, publishing, drawing, pottery, recording music, making costumes, launching campaigns, staging exhibitions, and even travelling to Ghana and Suriname.

Under the title Rearrangement of Priorities #2, the Rainbow Soulclub is serving up in Cargo its latest cocktail of politics, painting, poetry and coconuts for you.

Thierry Oussou exploring de Houthaven

Césare Pietroiusti

Césare Pietroiusti, source photo:

Césare Pietroiusti (1956, Rome, Italy) lives and works in Rome. Because of his education in Psychology, he chose to devote his early works to the social psychology of relations in art. At the same time, the artist embarked on different social projects, which he considered not so much as separate endeavours but as a part of his oeuvre.

In recent years Pietroiusti has been focused on the economic dimension of art, namely, on the role of money as an artwork equivalent, a warrant of its value and/or the author’s signature. Cargo in Context will show photos and videos documenting one of these projects called: Money Watching.

Money Watching is an intervention and took place at Spui 25, Amsterdam in 2016. Visitors participated in a money watching exercise in which members of the public were asked to concentrate on notes of 10,20 and 50 euros. Only when Pietroiusti was convinced that enough attention had been focused on the note, the participant could claim it. It provokes feelings of shame, discomfort and maybe even anger. That awareness is exactly the intention of the project.


Je Verdient Het

Natascha Libbert

Natascha Libbert (1973)

Libbert volgde een late roeping toen zij – bijna 30 jaar oud - besloot haar baan als accountmanager op te zeggen en naar de akademie in Den Haag te gaan. Haar opleiding Fotografie combineerde zij met haar werk als stewardess. Libbert studeerde In 2009 af en is sinds 2014 full time fotograaf; zij opdrachten af met haar vrije werk.

Zij werkte onder meer voor de ING Kunst Collectie, de Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed, NGO Marie-Stella Maris, diverse musea en voor advocatenkantoor Kennedy & Van der Laan. Een van haar laatste opdrachten kreeg zij van de Provincie Noord Holland, voor wie zij de vermaarde sluizen in IJmuiden vastlegde, die aan vervanging toe waren. Deze opdracht resulteerde in Libbert’s persoonlijke zoektocht door de wereld van de scheepvaart, die vastlegde in haar recent verschenen boek Looking for a ship. (uitgeverij: The Eriskay Connection).

Het werk van Libbert gaat veelal over ogenschijnlijk lege, onschuldige ruimtes, maar waar de sporen die mensen erin achterlieten op subtiele wijze door haar voelbaar worden gemaakt. Voor Cargo werkt zij momenteel aan een project over de grond waarop wij leven.

Natascha Libbert woont en werkt in Amsterdam

Cirkel by Basje Boer live column (2)

Joanneke Meester and 4 other artists

Benjamin Li

Marieke Zwart

Nina Glockner

Césare Pietroiusti

Joanneke Meester tagging a building for the project Je Verdient Het

Artist Joanneke Meester (1966) may be called a linguistic virtuoso or even literally ‘master of language’. Always drawing on situations or emotions from her own life, she manages to touch upon highly universal and/or actual themes. Over the past ten years she has developed her very own visual language in numerous locations both in and outside in the Netherlands, by using ‘manually applied tape’, which makes her work similar in some ways  to graffiti. Meester’s texts have the same anarchic quality, or at least something bold or ironic, and by crossing the boundaries they implicitly comment on the political or social status quo.

The difference with graffiti is that her work is certainly no street art. Her projects are almost always tied to a specific place or space, to which Meester makes herself subservient.

Until the first of September Joanneke Meester shows her newest work: Het is maar hoe je het bekijkt at Advocatenkantoor Kennedy & Van der Laan. Admission: free.


Je Verdient Het

A day of reflection in Cargo about development of theories by and for teachers of Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

Friday, September 21, 2018 - Sunday, November 4, 2018

Overview Fernweh - # photography: Aatjan Renders

In 2018 Cargo has been invited to be part of the City Program of UNSEEN, for which we invited Dutch photographer Annaleen Louwes to develop a new project. With FERNWEH Louwes explored the human condition by mixing up both old and new work, photography and film. With this mixture she tried to create an atmosphere of mortality, ambiguity and temporality. By doing this Louwes tended to discover an unexpected relationship between the old and the new.

During the launching September 14th film critic and novelist Basje Boer performed her third live column for Cargo, inspired by Louwes' latest project. You can read the column here (in Dutch).


The realisation of Fernweh is financially supported by the Dutch Mondriaan Fonds

Thierry Oussou working on his installation "Une histoire: le miel aux lèvres" at Cargo.

Pupils of Bride School Spaarndammerhout with Thierry Oussou, visiting the exhibition and attending the workshop with the artist.

Smoke and Mirrors

Friday, November 10, 2017 - Saturday, December 23, 2017

With his project Smoke and Mirrors, Maurice Bogaert (Heerlen, 1975) reflects on the sprawling city and the craziness on the housing market. The installation consists of a so called Pepper’s Ghost, a 19th century analogue invention which creates, by means of light and glass plates, the illusion of an apparition. The space-filling Pepper's Ghost in Cargo, aims at a total experience and also serves as a 'projector' in which reality and megalomanic future visions on the city tumble over one and another. Together with the public program, Bogaert demonstrates the utopian, fantastic sci-fi thinking about the metropolis.

During the finissage visual artist and art critic Basje Boer performed a column, written by her and inspired by Bogaert’s project. You can read it here in Dutch.

Jennifer Tosch, Lia Gieling, Giovanni Finisie, Patricia Kaersenhout

Friday, June 14, 2019 - Saturday, July 27, 2019

No Title

Natascha Libbert (1973)

Natascha Libbert (1973) studied Photography at the Royal Academy of the Arts (KABK). Since 2014 she is a full time visual artist/photographer, alternating free work with commissions. She worked amongst others for the ING Kunst Collectie, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, NGO Stella Maris, various museums and for law firm Kennedy & Van der Laan. One of the last commissions she realised for the Province of Noord Holland, for whom she pictured the famous locks in the port of IJmuiden, in the process of being replaced.

This commission resulted in Libbert’s personal search into the world of shipping which she recorded in her recently published book I went looking for a ship (publisher: The Eriskay Connection).

Libbert’s work mostly deals about apparently looking innocent interiors or landscapes, in which she puts delicately human tracks. In Cargo she investigates our various attitudes towards land; one time by having poisoned it on purpose, another time by neglecting ecosystems and climate change.

Libbert lives and works in Amsterdam

Invitation Fernweh, a project by Annaleen Louwes

Opening Smoke and Mirrors, a project by Maurice Bogaert

Waving flags: Cargo is open!

Opening Smoke and Mirrors 10-11-2017

Panelists and members of the public continue the discussion about political agency and the role of art and artists in raising awareness, over a hard-earned glass of wine.

Naro Snackey

For Naro Snackey (Bonn, 1980) her own history forms the thread in her work. She is Indian-Dutch and was born in Germany, but raised in the Netherlands. Her work is about memories and identity questions and usually comes about in an associative and intuitive way. Although her work is reflective, she does not want to judge. Want to know more about Naro Snackey and her work? You can visit her website or read this article on Metropolis M.



Fragment of "Une histoire: le miel aux lèvres" by Thierry Oussou. Photography: Gert Jan van Rooij

A new destination for the sugar cones

Maroccan woman with one of the remaining sugar cones.

While dismantling the exhibition Blood Sugar, two Moroccan women happened to pass by. They stopped and gazed at us as they saw us discussing what to do with the remaining sugar cones which were an essential part of Patricia Kaersenhout's installation. What a coincidence by making these women of all people happy with the cones as so we had come full circle. During her research into sugar production and trade Patricia found out that the sugar cones as she has used them in Blood Sugar, originally are from Marocco. Since the 17th century they produce and store sugar in such cones. Via Spain and Portugal this traditional way of storing sugar they found their way to the Carribean. The raw sugar brought back to Europe sugar bakeries for centuries sugar bakeries sold them in these cones. As the Maroccan community in Amsterdam still sticks to this tradition it is a very pleasant thought to feast the women with the remaining cones .

Presentations & Public Programme

Public Programme during Fernweh: Stretching the boundaries of Photography; moderator: Lilet Breddels

When a project in Cargo is on display, we organize a public programme existing from a lecture, a screening, workshop, performance or whatever what will gain more in-depth knowlegde about the artists and their projects.


Friday, March 29, 2019 - Saturday, April 20, 2019

Image: Balta

Balta (1958, Marseille, France)

For graphic designer/visual artist Balta (pseudonym for Anne-marie Durand) who is born in France and living in the Netherlands, issues like mother tongue, manners, habits et cetera cannot just be taken for granted. This personal perspective produces a new view of the self and of the world. After all, naming things differently, also means looking at these things or somebody differently. Driven by a fascination by language, cultural identity and its dynamics, Balta creates works with various layers of meaning. Her work investigates influences that play a role in cultural identity.

Lost paradise: from Utopia to Dystopia

Balta shows a pilot in Cargo in which she explores the tenability of cultural identity. She got inspired by the weird history of the island Tahiti, since 1880 as French Polynesia under French protectorate. She argues that this is a perfect example of how a cultural identity can be manipulated by external influences. In 1768 the French thought to have discovered an earthly paradise. This so called Tahitian myth, a western male Utopia, originated by the particular generosity to early visitors by offering them young virgins. Visual artist Paul Gauguin among many others made abundantly use of this mythe. Until today Tahiti has been redesigned as a sun-drenched paradise for mass tourism. Therefore the island has been consciously transformed into a tourist theme park. At the other side of the ‘heavenly spectrum’ from 1966-1996 France has executed many nuclear tests with devastating consequences for the entire region.

Balta’s recent artist book ‘Misunderstandings’ functions as point of departure for her presentation in Cargo. Based on the history and language of Tahiti, Balta depicts with various means the topical subject of cultural identity and transformation that takes place everywhere.

Balta lives and works in Amersfoort (NL)

View on Fernweh; image: Aatjan Renders

Blood Sugar

Friday, September 1, 2017 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Blood Sugar by Patricia Kaersenhout

Blood Sugar

About Patricia Kaersenhout (1966)

Important themes in the body of work of visual artist and culture activist Patricia Kaersenhout are colonialism and slavery and its nasty consequences for many generations. On the one hand to speak out loud on behalf of so many people who dealt and still deal with its consequences and on the other hand because Caribbean tradition plays an important role. The history of ancestors has been transmitted via the body and so also Kaersenhout carries these embodied memories with her. For her giving way to these emotions in her work, is an outstanding way to give back the dignity to her ancestors that once has been taken away so merciless.

Patricia accepted Cargo’s invitation to develop a new work about that heavily ignored part of Dutch slavery history. During her research time and again she came across the Dutch production of sugar and its trade and respectively on sugar in relationship with slavery. It became clear to her that since the 16th century the Netherlands enriched themself at the expense of so many lifes of slave mades.

Concise history of sugar and slavery

Since the Spanish blockade of the river Schelde in 1585, the gradually booming sugar trade moved from Belgium up to the north, where Amsterdam merchants invested with great enthusiasm in this profitable market. The Dutch proved out to be pioneers in the production and trade of sugar across the Atlantic Ocean. The West-Indian Company, founded in 1621, took over from the Portuguese the most rich sugar plantations in Brazil. These served for many years as a model for other Caribbean plantations. When the native plant labourers died massively due to the miserable working and living conditions, the colonisers changed their tack. Because the demand for sugar seemed endless, they made slaves of people from Western Africa and shipped them via Europe to the Caribbean to have them worked on the sugar plantations.

The migration of labour and capital across the Atlantic Ocean is as interrelated with the production of sugar as the history of the Atlantic trade is interrelated with slavery. To put it less mildly: the sugar industry was one of the pillars of the new Atlantic economy.

Sugar and blood

DNA-tests on remnants of bones proved out that the slave mades had to work so inhumanly hard, that their muscles came loose from their bones. With girls their period stayed away and they did not grow older than 24 years. The sugar mills grinded non stop and the slave mades got barely 3 hours of rest a day. After the sugar cane had been cut down, it had to be put through the wringer manually. It often happened that their limbs were trapped in that wringer. Feared to lose too much time those limbs were cut off with an axe by one of the slave drivers. It dos not need more comment that also blood and sugar are very much interrelated.

Sugar bakeries

The sugar was sold by so called sugar cones, made in the sugar bakery, of which the first had been erected in Amsterdam in 1593 while in the middle of 17th century already 66 were active.

In those days the Republic produced more than the half of European sugar: it processed more than 35 million pounds of raw sugar. By its tropical origin sugar was not cheap at all and its luxurious character was emphasized by the import duties charged by most provinces. Nevertheless, by its booming production sugar became within reach for many more consumers. Sugar could be regarded as one of the first forms of mass consumption.

Amsterdam and sugar

Between 1741 and1744 many slave ships left from the Reublic to Suriname. Besides from Walcheren, then also from the port of Amsterdam, which in those days was located next to the current Maritime museum. Many many years later - without scruples - the street names near Westerdoksdijk are named after these former slave ships. The river IJ, the ships used to navigate, interconnects the emotionally charged history of the Westerdok, de Houthaven and Kattenburg. The Trans Atlantic Slave Trade database concluded with their investigations that on these ships a total of 14.606 Africans were captured, of whom 13.153 reached Suriname, where they were sold as slaves. At least 1.453 persons did not survive the crossing.

Blood Sugar

Kaersenhout offers Cargo’s visitors food for thought and exercises their imagination as she pictures slavery and its on going consequences in a most probing way. The series of bloodshot sugar cones in the project space stands for centuries of suffering. On one of the walls we become aware of the names of slave mades who purchased freedomjust in time befor crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.


Patricia Kaersenhout

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Lecture by Christiaan Fruneaux co-founder of Monnik, studio for futures and fiction