Irene de Craen is an independent writer, researcher and curator based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She received a BA and MA (cum laude) Art History, Recent Era, from the University of Amsterdam and a BA from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. She is currently committee member of the Amsterdamse Kunstraad (Amsterdam Arts Council), and board member of Platform BK (Platform for Visual Arts). Between 2014 and 2018 De Craen was director and curator of Hotel Maria Kapel, an artist-in-residence, exhibition space and cinema for contemporary visual art in Hoorn. In the past she has done research on artist initiatives, and in 2011 and 2012 she was co-organizer and curator at FATFORM, an interdisciplinary and experimental art platform in the Southeast of Amsterdam. She has contributed to national and international magazines and websites among others Metropolis M, and Frieze. Current interests and research areas include postcolonialism, (ethnographic) collections, mobility and migration, and art and activism.
A mélange of foul odours
The smell of discovery
One of the main purposes of the Oosterdok was the building of ships. For a short while in history, before the English took that questionable title, the Dutch were the largest colonial power in the...