Gentle Strategising was a full week of collective activities, organised by MAMA’s poule of programme makers in 2020 (Angela Chan, Leana Boven, Arvand Pourabbasi, Golnar Abbasi, and Mary Ponomareva) in collaboration with local arts and activism groups. From 21-27 September 2020, the space within and outside MAMA’s showroom will become sites for open, creative, and reflective activities that confront today’s urgent global injustices – reinforced by the pandemic, climate, racial and socio-economic injustices – at a local level.

The programme encourages slow conversations, active co-learning and practical reflections that are methods of our Gentle Strategising. Through scheduled daily activities facilitated by our invited groups, a small press and zines ‘window bookshop’, banners and mural art, and online participation and streaming, Gentle Strategising offers a week that nurtures respectful and collaborative strategising as the foundation for just and safer spaces.

A message from the programme makers: “We hope to inspire, inform and generate equitable futures that centre the existing, invaluable work of local artists and activists to these causes. We seek to support marginalised activism through redistributing material resources, advocating these aims throughout our week, and creatively documenting the breadth of work as a form of radical self-archiving.”


Tuesday 22 September 19.00 – 20.00: KONTRA / Eun J Lee poster showcase, walk-in & food
Wednesday 23 September 16.00 – 21.00: Doe-het-zelf werkplaats Rotterdam – Hangout Sessions
Thursday 24 September 18.00 – 22.00: Night of Philosophy
Friday 25 September 17.00 – 20.00: Cultural Workers Unite! – Exploitation Bingo
Saturday 26 September 15.00 – 21.00: Verbalism Panel: Art & Activism
Sunday 27 September 15.00 – 20.00: Klauw

Graphic Design by Mary Ponomareva