The bricks that build a home

7 Dec – 10 Feb 2019   /   Nest@Migratie Museum

Nest i.c.w. the Migratie Museum

Quentley Barbara
Sara Blokland
Lebohang Kganye
Anaïs López
Amber Toorop

In the 21st century, more people than ever before are fleeing and migrating all over the world in search of security, freedom and better opportunities. The current debate on migration in Dutch politics is dominated by words such as ‘border control’ and ‘migration deals’ and ignores the complexity of the movement of the individual. More than half of the inhabitants of The Hague have a migration background. They have made The Hague their new home. What is the role of family, descent and family tree in shaping your identity and the feeling of being at home somewhere, even if you are far from home?

In their work, the artists of The bricks that build a home deal with migration, displacement, belonging and colonial history, which has contributed greatly to the current composition of the Dutch population. They often use personal family histories and stories to explore their own identity and their own ‘home’.

Opening 7 December 17:00 – 20:00 hours
Welcome speech 18:00 hours 

Opening hours exhibition:
Tuesday to Sunday
12:00 – 17:00

Hoge Zand 42
2512EM Den Haag

Quentley Barbara, Sara Blokland, Lebohang Kganye, Anaïs López & Amber Toorop


Performance Anaïs Lopez – The Migrant

16 Dec 2018    15:00   /   Nest@Migratie Museum

On Sunday December 16th between 14.45 – 16.00 hours, artist Anaïs López offers thirty visitors of the exhibition “The bricks that build a home” a unique experience with her live performance ‘The Migrant’ in the Migration Museum.

Lecture Simone Zeefuik – A building made of people

13 Jan 2019    15:00   /   Nest@Migratie Museum

On Sunday 13 January 2019, writer and organiser Simone Zeefuik will give a lecture “A building made of people” in which she will talk about belonging; the human need to be part of a group or ‘greater whole’. Like home and identity, this concept is central to the exhibition ‘The bricks that build a home’, on display at the Migration Museum until 20 January 2019.

Artist Talk – Amber Toorop en Quentley Barbara

27 Jan 2019    15:00   /   Nest@Migratie Museum

On Sunday 27 January at 3 p.m., artists of the exhibition The bricks that build a home under moderation by Wim Manuhutu will talk about their motives, their work and how personal family stories, the themes identity, belonging and home play a role in this.

Lecture Vamba Sherif – The art of belonging

10 Feb 2019    15:00   /   Nest@Migratie Museum

To conclude the exhibition The bricks that build a home, writer and journalist Vamba Sherif will give a lecture on the theme of “feeling at home”.


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