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Let me tell you project

Contribute to creating inclusive imagery at Roeterseiland - an FMG and FMG Student Council initiative

The people who work and study at the Roeterseiland complex represent a diverse medley of backgrounds and life stories. It is high time for an exhibition with the theme of inclusion, for students and PhD candidates! Through this project, we aim to inquire into what is visible and what is not. The inclusive expression of stories at the Roeterseiland Campus will be exhibited from 4 February 2020!

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Diversity at Roeterseiland

For those participants who would like to submit a work, we ask them to seek inspiration with regard to the concepts of storytelling and inclusion. The purpose of the 'Let Me Tell You' project is to honour the diversity of the people who make use of the Roeterseiland buildings and to start a discussion not just about what can be shown by images, but also about what is generally not shown. Which stories are familiar and which are not, and what role do processes of authority and power play in this? Can you bring into focus that which is usually not visible? The buildings here are used by people with various backgrounds and identifications, and each person carries their own stories. The question is how we can show a more complete story. The project's finale will be an exhibition starting 4 February 2020 in the hall of REC A, featuring the most expressive submissions, to be selected by a jury.

The workshops and the submission deadline for the exhibition will be in the first semester of the 2019-2020 academic year. The actual exhibition will take place from 4 February 2020. 'Let me tell you' is an initiative of the FMG FSR and the FMG diversity officer. 

Opening Let Me Tell You Exhibition

On 4 February Agneta Fischer – dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) – will open the exhibition that is the result of the Let Me Tell You project. Students who have brought in works for the exhibition, will also be there to explain their motivation to join the project. The FSR FMG and the FMG diversity officer cordially invite all those who are interested in the project and its outcome to join us and celebrate the opening with us.

Date and time: Tuesday 4 February 2020, 16:00
Location: Roeterseiland A, Hall, first floor (‘floating Island’)
No registration is required.


  • Olga Sooudi, lecturer and researcher department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam
  • Arletta Kaper, lecturer AMFI (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) and visual artist
  • Erdem Colak, visual artist and PhD student at Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam
  • Machteld van den Heuvel, lecturer and researcher department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam
  • Marieke Brand, FMG diversity officer
  • Artem Gryshchenko, member student counsil FMG

Submitting work for the exhibition

Participants who want to submit something for the exhibition are free to use whatever method and materials they prefer. The submission could be a painting, a picture, a design or a collage, in which images and words combine to tell a story. Use your imagination! Please note that we will only be able to feature two-dimensional works. Make sure to carefully read the technical requirements (see below).

We would like participants to keep in mind that any submissions should respond to one or more of the following questions.

  • Who are the people who make use of the Roeterseiland complex, and what is their story? Can we visualise those stories?
  • If we made room for stories, which stories would come to the fore? Are certain stories more dominant or more clearly represented than others? If so, why?
  • Conversely, which stories and images are only rarely seen or heard? Which individuals see these stories, and which don't? How can hidden stories be made visible? 
  • In the light of all of these questions, what is your story and how does it relate to all those other stories?

Check out the practical info below for more details. 

  • Practical information about registration and submitted works

    Practical information for registration for the Let Me Tell You exhibition

    • To register, please fill in the registrationform here. The registration deadline is 20 October 2019. If you have registered, this does not automatically mean you are obliged to submit something. It simply allows us to keep you informed about the workshops and other matters related to your participation.
    • The deadline for submissions is 25 November 2019. A jury will subsequently decide which images will be exhibited in the hall of REC ABCD.
    • The festive announcement of the selected works will be on 12 December 2019. Those participants whose work was not chosen will also be thanked in a suitable way, which will remain a surprise for now.
    • We will be organising a special workshop for anyone who would like to submit a work for the exhibition on 6 November 2019, at 2 pm. The title of the workshop is From Story to Image. Save the date, as your attendance is important!

    Practical information with regard to submitted works:

    • Please note that we will only be able to exhibit foil imaging reproductions of the works submitted. To that end, the submitted works will be photographed and foil printed by a professional. Any submitted works can be either two-dimensional or three-dimensional, but keep in mind that any three-dimensional works can only be exhibited in photo format. The format of the photo can vary from 10 cm x 10 cm up to 1,06 meter width x 200 cm length.
    • If you participate in the project, you thereby give us the right to photograph your work and put it on display for the duration of the exhibit.
    • You also give us the right to post photos of your work on social media. If you have objections to this, please contact
    • If you want, you can submit a brief text as part of your submission, in which you explain your work.
    • If you register to bring in a work for the exhibition, be sure to save the date for the special workshop for submitters. This will be held on 6 November, at 2 pm!
    • You will be informed of the date and location for submission of your work via email.

    The exhibition

    In 2020, the selected works will be exhibited for six months, from February until the summer of 2020. The exhibition will be located in REC ABCD, immediately to the left of the entrance and on the first floor. These locations currently feature other visual material. 

    The submitted works will be photographed and foil printed, as only foil imaging is permitted on display in these locations.


Even if you have nothing to submit, you can still participate in one of the inspiring and artistic workshops.

  • Workshop 1: Black Archives (4 October 2019, 3 pm - 5 pm)

    The Black Archives is a unique historical archive for inspiring conversations, activities and literature from Black and other perspectives that are often overlooked elsewhere. 

    • Tour & workshop by Mitchell Esajas
    • Date: 4 October 2019, 3 pm - 5 pm
    • Venue: The Black Archives, Zeeburgerdijk 19B, 1093 SK Amsterdam
    • Accessibility: At this moment, The Black Archives is only accessible by using the stairs, that is why the accessibility is limited for people in wheelchairs. Please direct any questions about accessibility to the workshop for people with a disability to
    • Registration: this workshop took place at 4 October, registration is not possible anymore.

    The archive is located in the Ons Suriname (Our Suriname) association building in Amsterdam East. This year, 2019, marks the association's 100-year anniversary. In this context, The Black Archives is conducting research into the hidden history of Surinamese people in the Netherlands, including special stories about resistance, migration and the emancipation of different generations of Suriname people who moved to the Netherlands after leaving the former colony. 

    The Black Archives tries to render these stories visible by means of art and public activities. During the workshop, we will share tips, insights and techniques about finding and sharing hidden histories and stories.

    This workshop will consist of:

    • a tour through The Black Archives;
    • a workshop in which we will explore the link between hidden stories and art, based on our experiences with Our Tori.
  • Workshop 2: Mezrab Storytelling School (18 October in English, 25 October 2019 in Dutch)

    The attendees of the workshop will learn to use an event from their own life to structure a story that is both catchy and interesting for the listener. Working with the meaning of stories helps the participants understand why they wish to tell a particular story and what the core of the story they wish to convey. Additionally, we will also examine more generally how to the structure stories and the skills you need to convey a story successfully. The workshop will be taught twice, once in Dutch and once in English.

    • Workshop teacher: Farnoosh Farnia
    • Date and time:
      • 18 October, 15.00-18.00h in English
      • 25 October, 15:00-18:00h in Dutch
    • Venue: Crea, studio 3.07, Nieuwe Achtergracht 170
    • Accessibility: The rooms that are used for this workshop are accessible by using the stairs or elevator. The elevator can be found on the left hand side of the building. For further questions on the accessibility of the room, please email us at
    • Registration: registration is not possible anymore.

    About Farnoosh Farnia: Theatre & Performing Arts Farnoosh was born in Iran and fled to the Netherlands with her family at the age of five. She was trained as a storyteller for children and in telling stories in Dutch Sign Language. Her passion is to tell multidisciplinary stories; storytelling mixed with theatre, dance, music and Sign Language. She’s one of the founders of the Amsterdam based youth theatre group DEGASTEN. Farnoosh is co-founder and teacher at Mezrab Storytelling School and furthermore works as a programmer for the location theatre festival Oerol and as theatre advisor for Fonds Podiumkunsten (Fund for the Performing Arts)

  • Workshop 3: From story to Image (6 November 2019, 2 pm - 6 pm)

    ​​This workshop was designed for students and PhD candidates who intend to submit a work for the exhibition of the Let Me Tell You project. They will therefore have priority registration.

    • Workshop by: Arletta Kaper and Mattie van der Worm, visual artists.
    • Date: 6 November 2019, 2 pm - 6 pm.
    • Venue: Roeterseiland complex B5.12, Nieuwe Achtergracht166, 1018 WV Amsterdam
    • For whom? This workshop was specially designed for people who intend to submit work for the exhibition. These people therefore have priority registration.
    • Registration: We will e-mail those who have signed up to hand in a visual work for this workshop. 
    • Please direct any questions about accessibility to this workshop for people with a disability to

    During this workshop, we want to look for the core of the story you intend to tell, to define it and to help shape it into an image. To this end, we will use the materials brought in by the participants themselves (objects, visual material, quotes, etc.). Important questions during this workshop:

    • What meaning do you want your visual story to convey?
    • What impact do you want to make? Are you trying to make a statement, to inspire, to activate or mainly to make something visible? Determine how people wish to view the material that functions as the base for the image: as a surface, a wall, a frame, a field, a skin or windows within a window?

    We will send out an email with preparation instructions to make sure everyone is well prepared for the workshop. 

    About Kaper & Van der Worm:

    Arletta Kaper: visual artist (ArteZ, fashion design). Lecturer/coach at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. Arletta has also developed her skills as a lecturer and coach through training at the Bildung Academie, among other things.

    Mattie van der Worm: visual artist (Rijksacademie, mixed media). Mattie is a member of the building team (bouwteam) of the Bildung Academie, where he also works as a guide.

Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)

Room REC ABCD, immediately left to the entrance and on the first floor.

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam