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  • 09.12–11.12
    Two Voices by Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain
    ROZENSTRAAT – A rose is a rose is a rose


    Curated by: Chris Bestebreurtje and Petra Kuipers


    Opening Times: Friday to Saturday 13:00—17:00
    Sunday 10:00—11:00


    Performance Times:
    09.12.2021 17:00
    10.12.2021 14:00 and 17:00
    11.12.2021 11:00


    More info soon!

  • 25.07–31.07
    Queer Currents

    From July 22 until August 7 we host the 4th edition of the festival Queer Currents!


    Queer Currents is an annual program with events, lectures, film, expo, dance and music on Queer topics. Their goal is to bring more diverse and inclusive, relevant content, culture and art to the Pride Amsterdam weeks. QC is since 2020 proud member of the alliance Queer Network Amsterdam working from the Theory of Change “The Last Mile First”.


    For more information have a look here!

  • 17.07
    Panel session Stereotypes and Cinema

    In The Young Man as a Movie Star, stereotypes of women are used to show different forms of ‘masculinity’. During the event Stereotypes and Cinema, artist Bart Groenendaal, film critic Dana Linssen and professor of Media Studies Jaap Kooijman will discuss the use of stereotypes in films. How are they formed and what is their influence on our thinking about ‘the other’?


    Dana Linssen is a film critic (for NRC Handelsblad and de Filmkrant), lecturer film history, analysis and theory at ArtEZ Academy of Theatre Arnhem and HKU Utrecht.


    Jaap Kooijman is associate professor in Media Studies and American Studies at the University of Amsterdam and vice-director of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA).

  • 17.07
    Reading ‘Preliminary Notes for a theory of the Young Man. On Bart Groenendaal’s The Young Man as Movie Star’ by Persis Bekkering

    Reading Preliminary Notes for a theory of the Young Man. On Bart Groenendaal’s The Young Man as Movie Star


    For the exhibition The Young Man as a Movie Star by Bart Groenendaal, Persis Bekkering, wrote an essay commissioned by ROZENSTRAAT, that she will read during the finissage.



    Persis Bekkering (1987) made her debut with the novel Een heldenleven (Prometheus, 2018), which was nominated for the ANV Debutantenprijs (shortlisted). Her second novel Excess, about the rave movement as the ritual farewell of the future, appeared in the summer of 2021 and was nominated for the BNG Bank Literature Prize. She writes essays, columns, literary and art criticism for NRC Handelsblad and Mister Motley, among others, and teaches creative writing at ArtEZ in Arnhem.

  • 15.07
    Jeffrey’s Cinema #17

    A short film about love

    Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski

    87 minutes
    In Polish with English subtitles


    Friday July 15
    8.30 pm. (doors will be op at 8 pm.)


    Once again, Jeffrey Babcock shows a film within the context of The Young Man as a Movie Star by Bart Groenendaal. Don’t miss it!


    Of course Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski is considered one of the masters of modern cinema. Starting off as a documentary filmmaker, he later went on to make some of the most original movies of the end of the last century. His films always have a contemplative quality, and take an almost philosophical approach to the medium. This film, set in Warsaw, is about a lonely 19-year-old boy named Tomek who becomes sexually obsessed with an older female neighbor Magda that lives across the courtyard from him, and he starts spying on her life with a telescope. A poignant, ironic and twisted narrative unfolds from this simple situation. Kieslowski had already made a short film of this same scenario called Dekalog 6, but then decided to expand it into a feature-length movie, and give it a different ending.


    This is a movie about longing, and the pain one feels in the state of yearning. It is a dark film in a melancholic sort of way, a kind of slap in the face, an existential bucket of cold water… but also not without a sense of black humor. Certainly no sweet sentimental Hollywoodism here! It is also a story about dreaming of what another person’s life is like, and idealizing it beyond all proportion. And let’s be clear—cinema, especially American movies—play a big part in the creation of these false desires. All of these conflicting emotions and points-of-view are explored with Kieslowski’s excellent framing, lighting, sense of mood and sharp insights.  A bittersweet film about unrequited love, and the twisted dynamics that can come out of it.


    This will be a high-definition projection.







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