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Welcome Stranger has organized several manifestations and projects, beginning in the 1990’s. The initial manifestations by Marjolein Schaap en Ken Zeph were intended as a comment on the official art circuit - not from recalcitrance or idealism, but to seek reflection. Instead of a preconceived subject, motto or motif, the focus was simply on the discoveries that naturally arose from the situation: a house in the city, and with that the interaction between private space and public space, publicness and privacy. As the relevance of these and their related issues only grows, think of surveillance techniques and online privacy, notions of hospitality, being a stranger and belonging to a place have taken on new social and political significance. Welcome Stranger continues to explore them unabated.

Welcome Stranger wants to give space to the dialogue between artists and give them the opportunity to show their work in unusual places.

The ways in which this exploration happens are carefully documented, analyzed and shared through publications.

Welcome Stranger led a dormant existing for a long time and has, since 2017, been given a new impulse by Marianna van der Zwaag en Hester Elzerman. 


Marianna van der Zwaag is initiator since 2017 and curator. She is interested in going beyond showing the work of art as traditionally shown by museums.

graphic design: Tariq Heijboer

social media: Natália Blahová

The foundation's supervisory board consists of Saskia Janssen (chairman), Marijn van Kreij (secretary), both visual artists and Lia Gieling, curator Cargo in Context. The board members receive no remuneration for their work.

Untill 2020, Hester Elzerman, art historian, teacher and researcher, was commited to Welcome Stranger. She researches various relationships of form and meaning that have been established in art, which are also applicable in education. Reflections on identity and environment are part of this. Currently, she is focusing on teaching again.


Welcome Stranger Foundation
by adress Da Costakade 19hs
1052 SE Amsterdam
Chamber of Commerce number: 41212760
RSIN: 802067700

Welcome Stranger foundation is a cultural ANBI. This makes donating to the foundation fiscally attractive. Foundation Welcome Stranger RSIN 802067700

The activities of Welcome Stranger are generously supported by: