Nick Huls in conversation with Rainbow Soulclub about Ubuntu

“The individual is not complete without the other,” says Mogobe Ramose.

According to the South African philosopher, Western thinking has degenerated into self-interest and greed.

Instead, we should strive for connection and justice. In short, to Ubuntu.



During his guest lectures in South Africa, Nick Huls, emeritus professor of sociology of law in Leiden, became acquainted with Ubuntu. This humanistic philosophy of life differs radically from individualistic Western thinking. Ubuntu represents an attitude to life that starts from the realization that nothing is fixed. Life is an endless process of coming into being, decaying and coming into being again, and during this process everything is connected and dependent on each other. A person can only be happy if others are too.


Rainbow Soulclub is a collective of artists and visitors of the De Rainbow Group foundation in Amsterdam*. As a collective they make works that would not have been made without each other; the exhibition in Rozenstraat a rose is a rose is the result of the sharing of ideas and a joint work process. In addition, Rainbow Soulclub is also a solidarity collective, members have known each other for a long time and support each other in difficult times.


This conversation takes place within the context of the exhibition Rearrangement of Priorities #9 (home) in ROZENSTRAAT a rose is a rose. Since ‘Covid19’, all members of the Rainbow Soulclub have had a -temporary- roof over their heads. Unfortunately, this emergency shelter will soon be scaled down again and the question is how long the members will have shelter and where the next chapter of their lives will take place.


In an informal setting, Nick Huls and members of the Rainbow Soulclub will exchange ideas about the importance of Ubuntu and how this philosophy of life can be of interest to us in the here and now.


*The Rainbow Group foundation provides shelter and support for homeless people in Amsterdam



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