La Intuición

January 4, 2016

State of L3 Projects presents: La Intuición / Summer of 2017

Works from the Latin American chapter of The State of L3 / El Estado de L3.

‘Tal vez parece que me pierdo en el camino
Pero me guia la intuición
Nada me importa más que hacer el recorrido
Más que saber adonde voy.
No trates de persuadirme
Voy a seguir en esto
Se, nunca falla
Hoy el viento sopla a mi favor’.
Gustavo Cerati 

©Cisco Merel

Ancestral Blues

September 8, 2015


Return to The State of L3

September 7, 2015


We are excited to announce the exhibition “Ancestral Blues – Return to The State of L3” at Framer Framed (in the Tolhuistuin)!

OPENING: Wednesday September 16th, 18:00
With an introduction by Leo Balai, historian and author of ‘Het slavenschip Leusden’.

Curated by Vincent van Velsen, featuring works by the Amsterdam chapter of the international artist collective The State of L3:

Raul Balai,
Femi Dawkins,
Raquel van Haver,
Antonio Jose Guzman,
Amanda Koelman,
Fleur Ouwerkerk

On show from: Sept 16th – Oct 11th, Wed-Sun 14:00-22:00h

The exhibition centers on the themes of migration, exchange, transformation and DNA. Leading up to the exhibition, the artists received coaching and workshops by Shaheen Merali.

During the opening, everyone is welcome from 6 PM for an introduction to the exhibition in presence of the artists and curator, followed by celebratory drinks.


More information on our website:
◊ Ancestral Blues – The Return to The State of L3

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Opening this same evening at Framer Framed: Common Ground, part of Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam #unseen2015

Connected to and alongside the exhibition Ancestral Blues, we are also featuring a selection of photographs in the downstairs hallway, as part of Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam. This exhibition, called Common Ground, features photographs by both The State of L3 and photographer Charl Landvreugd.

More info:
◊ Common Ground
◊ Unseen Photo Fair&Festival


Proudly supported by The Mondriaan Fund and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK).

Ancestral Blues

August 31, 2015

Ancestral Blues – The Return to the State of L3 – Opens September 16th at 18:00

On show from September 16th till October 11th


The Collective Strikes Back

June 7, 2015

The State of L3 Collective (Amsterdam Chapter) is working with Framer Framed, Shaheen Merali and Vincent van Velsen on L3’s next show, to take place at Framer Framed 16th September 2015.

Framer Framed is an initiative to discuss the politics of representation and curatorial practices in the 21st century. As a cross-disciplinary platform for those interested in the role of cultural memory organizations in society, Framer Framed organized over thirty public meetings within contemporary art, heritage and ethnographical institutions. Together with visitors, source communities, art professionals, artists, academics and other stakeholders, Framer Framed publicly stages critical exhibition readings in a traveling program throughout the Netherlands, Belgium and Great Britain. Members of the platform have contributed to publications, editorials, exhibitions and radio broadcasts. We believe that  the existing institutional boundaries stemming from 19th century classification systems are overdue. Cross-disciplinary collaborations are indispensable is a search for a new post-colonial curatorial practice.

Vincent van Velsen is an autonomous critic, writer, researcher and curator with a background in international business administration, art- and architectural history. His practice deals with a broad spectrum of subjects, ranging from politics and philosophy to art and architecture relating to their theoretical realm in ways that are relevant to notions on historic meaning and contemporary significance.

Shaheen Merali is both a curator and writer, currently based in London. Between 2003-8, he was the Head of Exhibitions, Film and New Media at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany curating several exhibitions including The Black Atlantic; Dreams and Trauma- Moving images and the Promised Lands and Re-Imagining Asia, One Thousand years of Separation. In 2006, he was the co-curator of the 6th Gwangju Biennale, Korea.