On 7 September 2017, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art vowed to make a name change. Our new name will come into effect 27 January 2021, following public forums, a survey, and assessment by an external advisory committee.

Would you like to participate in an Online Survey? Click Here.
The online survey is designed for voicing ideas, creating perspectives, and identifying challenges as part of our name change. Please complete by 19 September 2020.

Would you like to take part in a Forum? Click Here.
The Forums are designed for exchanging ideas that will help shape our name change. They are focused and moderated sessions that delve deeper into key questions. Please complete by 22 August 2020. There will be five forums, in Dutch and English. Each Forum will be led by a moderator, connected to three topics:

  1. "How should our re-naming acknowledge our institutional past, as well our namesake Witte de Withstraat and its relation to Dutch seventeenth century history?"

  2. Saturday 29 August 2020, 11am – 1pm
    by Liane van der Linden in Dutch

    Saturday 29 August 2020, 3 – 5pm
    by Rolando Vazquez in English

    Location: Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam

  3. "How do typologies of naming and branding impact multiple local and international audiences and stakeholders?"

  4. Friday 11 September 2020, from 7 – 9pm
    by Prem Krishnamurthy in English

    Location: online

  5. "How should our re-naming acknowledge our institutional past, as well our namesake Witte de Withstraat and its relation to Dutch seventeenth century history?"

  6. in English on Saturday 19 September 2020, 11am – 1pm
    in Dutch on Saturday 19 September 2020, 3 – 5pm
    by Quincy Mahangi

    Location: Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam


Forum Moderators

Prem Krishnamurthy
Prem Krishnamurthy is a designer, curator, teacher, and writer based in Berlin and New York City. He is a partner in the multidisciplinary design studio Wkshps. In 2015, Krishnamurthy was awarded Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award for Communication Design. Through his professional practice and teaching over the past fifteen years, he has championed graphic design’s significant role in structuring narratives that shape a shared social context. He was a member of the Creative Team for the Carnegie International, 57th Edition 2018, juror of the Stedelijk Museum Gemeentelijk Aankop 2020, and co-Artistic Director of FRONT International 2021.

Liane van der Linden
Liane van der Linden is historian who has worked as curator and director on contemporary heritage programs at the Wereldmuseum, de Nederlandse Museumvereniging, Imagine IC Amsterdam Zuidoost and Kosmopolis Rotterdam. As part of the researchgroup Het koloniale en slavernijverleden van Rotterdam (KITLV) she recently was co-author of the article Een verhaal zonder einde, Koloniale collecties in Rotterdam, and co-editor of the publication Rotterdam, een postkoloniale stad in beweging, that will be published in October this year.

Quincy Mahangi
A husband, father of two children, and a brand strategist by profession. For the past 13 years I've helped brands like Hogeschool Rotterdam, Suriprofs, De Waag en Lions Nederland grow and tell their story. In 2012 I also joined Guestwise. A consultancy that guides brands towards the creation of the right guest experience through a people-driven mindset, and which I became a partner of in 2019. Amongst our clients are de Doelen, Het Industriegebouw, Blijdorp Festival and IFFR.

Rolando Vázquez Melken
Associate Professor of Sociology and Diversity Fellow at University College Roosevelt and affiliated researcher at the Gender Studies Department and at the Research Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Utrecht. Since 2009, he coordinates the annual Middelburg Decolonial Summer School together with Walter Mignolo. He co-authored the report of the Diversity Commission of the University of Amsterdam in 2016 under the direction of Gloria Wekker. He founded the initiative CRIDE (Critical Decoloniality) for sharing of decolonial practices among academic and cultural institutions.