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Maarten Harpertszoon Trompstraat, 17.06.2021-17.08.2021, photo Esther Tielemans 


Invited by Welcome Stranger, four Amsterdam based artists create new artworks this summer, especially for the facade of their own house. In doing so, they are revealing something personal in the middle of their own neighbourhood, on the border between the private space and the public domain. Four artist observations show up, about the actions of people surrounding them. Every passer-by is welcome to become acquainted with the works of art and the thoughts they evoke. The artist Esther Tielemans will start in Maarten Harpertszoon Trompstraat on June 17th, during Amsterdam Art Week. The other artists will join soon after. 

Read more below. Also follow the INSTAGRAM of Welcome Stranger for updates on the programme.



Esther Tielemans covers the facade of her house in West with carwrap foil. A metallic green high gloss foil, which creates a monochrome façade. Due to this luminous material, the surroundings are reflected on the façade and provide a different, artificial, reality. A glimpse to another world, which hints at the landscape through the green haze. A double effect is created: the cars, the houses opposite and the sky are all absorbed by the toxic green reflecting bricks. A metaphorical mirror that raises the question of how we deal with culture versus nature. 
The installation also refers to a greenscreen, a possibility to make backgrounds disappear and add new layers to reality.

Welcome Stranger has organized several manifestations and projects, beginning in the 1990's.  Originally, Welcome Stranger was characterised by the fact that the art was shown in private homes.  Since the corona crisis has made this impossible, the focus has temporarily shifted to the outside: the façade and windows of the houses, on the dividing line between inside and outside.

Soon there will be more information available here about the other artists contributions. Also follow the INSTAGRAM of Welcome Stranger for updates on the programme.

In 2020 already four artworks were made in this series, find more about them in the archive here.  

If you want to know more about Welcome Stranger listen to two radio broadcasts we made, 'the house as material' and 'poking through the window', that elaborate on the motivations behind this initiative and the work of some of the participating the artists earlier of this series.  


Welcome Stranger is supported by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Mondriaan Fund. 


Photo by Pascal Nampémanla Traoré

Dakar (Senegal)

What affects personal identity and presence in the world? Your exterior is public, what does it say about your interior? About one's own and the strange? 
In a house on Hann Fort B, 11 in Dakar, three artists, Laye Kâ (SEN), Gareth Nyandoro (ZWE) and Tim Breukers (NL), made an "in situ presentation" with the name Biti ak Biir, local for L'Intérieur L'Extérieur. The private location was accessible to the public in the period December 8th till January 8th 2021, simultaneously with Partcours 2020. Soon a selection of the works made in Dakar can be seen in Amsterdam. A publication is in preperation and will be launched in June 2021. 


In the first months of 2020, we were not yet aware of the pandemic disaster that was approaching. While this made it a very different year than expected, it proved to be an important time for Welcome Stranger. While the project in Dakar began to unfold, a new manifestation in Amsterdam quickly arose as well. It felt logical and good to be present and active from our home in Amsterdam at a time when everyone has become more tied to their home. Four new artworks were created, and out of necessity but again very much in line with previous Welcome Stranger manifestations, they occupied a liminal space: the windows and facades.

This international project in Dakar is supported by The Cultural Participation Fund.