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Siblings of the Soil

International Women's Day 2024

Cinema Expo MILK OZ UP

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  • € 11,50
  • Free for year members

In honor of International Women's Day, Melkweg and Bar Bario join forces for the exhibition 'Siblings of the Soil'. The climate crisis is far from apolitical; it is indeed the result of political decisions mainly made by the West, at the expense of the Global South. With events in areas like Gaza, Congo, and Sudan, and their impact on our planet, it becomes increasingly crucial to centralize the experiences and voices of women of color, who are often ignored, in discussions on climate justice.

Recently, Shahar Shirzad, a woman of color, was denied her right to speak during a climate march solely because she linked war and climate change. This is just one example among many where women of color speaking out against oppression, war, and exploitation are silenced. Ecofeminism, as central to this exhibition, goes beyond an abstract concept; it is a philosophy that connects the oppression of women and the destruction of the environment to patriarchal and capitalist structures. With a dominant male presence at the top and a great obsession with capitalism, both women, especially women of color, and our planet suffer. In the conversation about climate justice, the experiences and voices of women of color are often ignored, even though they are precisely affected by the consequences of climate change. In 'Siblings of the Soil', their work takes center stage, as a powerful acknowledgment of their crucial role within these complex and urgent issues.

The works of six artists: Tiana Japp, Irina Naji, Maha Eljak, Dina El Zeneiny, Rah Naqvi, and Nella Ngingo are exhibited. These artists offer honest perspectives on the themes of patriarchy, ecofeminism, and capitalism: from the representation of femininity in Burundi by model and photographer Ornella Ngingo to that in Palestine. These are very topical subjects and perspectives translated into various art forms, including painting, photography, and even beadwork.

On March 8th, the exhibition will be ceremonially opened with an event. The event includes an exhibition and an evening full of art, music, and conversations, focusing on highlighting ecofeminism. Featuring music curated by Ampfeminine, an art market, and spoken word performances programmed by Viva La Vulva.

The exhibition runs from March 8th to April 28th at Melkweg Expo. Open every Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00.

The exhibition 'Siblings of the Soil' is curated by Bar Bario and made possible in part by the Mondriaan Fund.



Music (Ampfeminine) 

Surinamese at heart and roots, born in the late 70’s and bred in Rotterdam. Electronic music caught her attention at a young age. Literally brought up in the early 90’s club scene, so feeling free and letting go is what she represents. Her performances, a journey through Detroit sounds, breaks and raw energetic electrifying beats, showcase her passion for electronic music and her ability to deeply connect with her audience. Sennes's style is not just music; it's an immersive experience that reflects her diverse influences and dedication to her craft.

Suzooki Swift
‘Loudest show, Fab, High energy, A show you can’t get over’ — That’s how fans describe Suzooki Swift’s performance. As a music producer and self-proclaimed rap-villain, Suzooki Swift creates music that is unapologetic. With hard hitting beats, skillful and versatile vocals, and lyrics that balance between playful and violent, she captivates audiences with her fierce presence and high energy. Her music resonates with fans of hip-hop, rock, hard electronic genres and queer rap, empowering them to create their own reality and feel unstoppable.

▷ Storytelling

Ghazaleh Ghobadi
Ghazaleh Ghobadi is an artist, storyteller and a creative producer with a scientific background (Ph.D. medical physics). After many years of experiencing solitude, first in Iran as a woman and later in the Netherlands as an immigrant, telling stories and free expression of her stories on a canvas created a bridge for her to connect to the world. Ghazaleh has a particular insight into life that people often lack as she notices little details that are mostly overlooked. With her stories and paintings, she brings those details into the light and opens the door to the world that is otherwise overlooked. She advocates creating art without censorship and promotes artists who dare to cross the censorship line inside Iran. Believing in the power of collective efforts for change, she dares to address socio-political issues and shed light on injustices that demand attention.

Alejandra Ortiz
A brown Mexican trans woman with a history of marginalization, violence, sex work among other intersections. In the Netherlands since 2015.  Alejandra devotes her activism to the visibility and empowerment of marginalized communities with projects by organizations and collectives such as TNN,TranScreen Film Festival, Queer Network Alliance, Transgender Europe and her collective; Papaya Kuir. In 2022 her memoirs De waarheid zal me bevrijden was published by Lebowski Publishers. In 2023 she was awarded the Winq Community Award. Her book has been selected as one of the 10 rainbow books of the Dutch language, and also nominated for the Opzij Literature Prize. She is the curator of 2024 Pride Photo Award.

Alejandra will share with us, about a book from Argentinian author Camila Sosa Villada. And reflect on the meaning of womanhood, terminology and ways to be better allies in the common struggle against patriarchy.

▷ Spoken word

Julia-Beth Harris
Julia-Beth Harris writes creative texts and performs them. With a background in Graphic and Fashion Design, her words embody a visual, multi-layered quality. From a poetry installation and voiceover for Nxt Museum's digital art exhibition to a poetic performance art piece for the Amsterdam Fringe Theater festival, Julia-Beth's creative writing inspires at the intersection of literature and art. Having identities on different continents, Southern Africa and Northern Europe, Julia-Beth’s work serves as a bridge between cultures, bringing together international communities with grace, intellect, and calmly commanding stage presence. 

▷ Art market


  • Ari - @titsdn
  • The Ovaries - @the_ovaries
  • Catalina - @hello_catalina
  • Daisy lee - @miz_lee_the_pastie_chef
  • Power of appearance - @powerofappearance.store
  • Leyla Ali - @leyla_ali_illustration
  • Ghazaleh - @ghazaleh_streamind
  • Tamia - @tamiaarielle
  • Angie - @tesorosdemujer
  • Christa -  @poiseelegance.satinnoirmarie
  • Sabina Schreurs - @sabina.schreurs
  • Alov art - @alov__art
  • Julia Beth Harris @julia_beth_harris