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Cao Fei, 'La Town, Center Plaza', film still from 'La Town', 2014

Marinella Senatore, 'Protest Bike', 2016

Martha Rosler, film still from 'Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained', 1977, Courtesy the artist

Meriç Algün, 'Billboards', 2012, Exhibition view 'Becoming European', Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2014, Photo Åsa Lundén, Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Nordenhake and Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Younes Baba-Ali, ‘Multiculturalism / Multicommunitarism’, 2014 ©Luc Schrobiltgen

Extra Citizen

Group exhibition

09.09 – 10.12.2017 /
Opening 08.09.2017, 19:00

On 8 September 2017, Kunsthal Extra City reopens with ‘Extra Citizen’.

With works by Meriç Algün, Younes Baba- Ali, Zbynek Baladran, James Bridle, Bram Demunter, Iman Issa, Cao Fei, Ahmet Ögüt, Dan Perjovschi, Antonis Pittas, Martha Rosler, Marinella Senatore, Philippe Van Snick and Grant Watson

Curated by Antonia Alampi and iLiana Fokianaki

How can we describe what a citizen is today? When can we say we belong to a place? How much have the informal meaning and legal definition of the notion of citizenship transformed over the last decades? This exhibition draws on the imagination of contemporary artists to inspire a reflection on the scope of citizenship today, particularly in cities that are faced with an urgency to adapt to the diversity of their inhabitants.

The composition of people that inhabit the cities of the old continent has changed substantially in the last century. Global migration and the World Wide Web, new and complex forms of mass interaction (social media or otherwise) and knowledge exchange, along with the free movement of goods, capital and services, define the world in which we live. Things such as nationality, birthplace, language, and religion are not the sole defining factors with respect to our sense of belonging to a place or community. Nevertheless, we are witnessing, once again, a re-emergence of ‘us’ and ‘them’, a development that denies the complex diversity and hybridity of cultures and world-views that define contemporary European metropolises. On the other hand, grassroots movements have increasingly emerged and the reality of our cities has bred new and younger, multi-lingual and multi-national citizens who are defined by their greater cultural, social and economic diversity.

This exhibition reflects once again on the purpose and power of citizenship, not solely in relation to the nation state, but also vis-à-vis other organised communities, from the city to the neighbourhood, and even to supranational bodies. The intention behind ‘Extra Citizen’ is to inspire reflection on what we might inscribe in a new and much-needed polyphonic definition of citizenship.

Guided tours on Sundays

Visitors can participate in a free public tour every second Sunday: on 10 and 24 September, 8 and 22 October, on 5 and 19 November and on 3 December 2017, starting at 14:00.

While the parents follow a tour or visit the exhibition independently, children from 5 till 12 years old can participate in the Young Citizens Program.

Please register via

Unravelling Citizenship

Public programme

09.09 – 10.12.2017

Curated by Michiel Vandevelde

With contributions by Lina Attalah, bolwerK, Umut Erel, Adelita Husni-Bey, Joachim Meerkerk, Evgeny Morozov, Stavros Stavrides, Sarah Vanhee and Myriam Van Imschoot, among others.

What are the possible ‘acts of citizenship’ one can undertake in today’s complex world?

On Friday 8 September 2017, Kunsthal Extra City reopens with ‘Extra Citizen’. The public programme ‘Unravelling Citizenship’ will take shape in dialogue with this group exhibition. Over the course of three months, Kunsthal Extra City becomes a forum where the notion of citizenship will be unravelled and explored through different lenses.

Find here the complete program

Opening weekend 8-11 September

We celebrate the reopening of Kunsthal Extra City with a weekend filled with performances, lectures, talks, music, guided tours and workshops for children. Stay for a drink and a bite to eat in the new Extra Fika Café.

FRIDAY 08.09

19:00Opening exhibition ‘Extra Citizen’
20:00Performance ‘YOUYOUYOU’ - Myriam Van Imschoot
20:30Performance ‘Dance’ – Jeff Poak, met Bryana Fritz
21:30Muziek met / music with Jan Matthé,...


13:00-18:00Exhibition ‘Extra Citizen’
Discussion I: Between hope and despair: citizenship on the edge
15:00Lecture and conversation Lina Attalah
Conversations: ‘Artistic citizenship’
16:15Conversations between the artists featured in the exhibition and the curators
Discussion II: Migrant women and citizenship
17:30Lecture Umut Erel
18:00Discussion Myriam Van Imschoot & Umut Erel
19:00Performance ‘YOUYOUYOU’ - Myriam Van Imschoot

SUNDAY 10.09

10:00-18:00Open Monument Day, visit former laundry ‘Wasserij Goossens’; Exhibition ‘Extra Citizen’
10:00-14:30Fanzine workshop – Dan Perjovschi
14:00Guided tour exhibition
14:00Young Citizens Program (5-12 y)
Discussie III: Stadsmaken: hoe de kracht van burgerinitiatieven verbinden met politieke macht?
15:00Lecture Joachim Meerkerk
15:40Discussion with local actors: Dries Van de Velde (Co.Labs), Sue Tack (TOKO),…
16:00Guided tour exhibition
16:00Young Citizens Program (5-12 j/y)
17:00Artistic intervention – bolwerK

MONDAY 11.09

Discussion IV: Against Data Extractivism: How Digital Capitalism Is Eating the World and What We Can Do to Stop It.
19:00Lecture Evgeny Morozov; in the context of Summer School #2

Performance ‘YOUYOUYOU’ - Myriam Van Imschoot

FRIDAY 08.09.2017, 20:00
SATURDAY 09.09.2017, 19:00

During the opening weekend, artist Myriam Van Imschoot performs the zaghareet ‘YOUYOUYOU’ together with ten other women. A zaghareet is an intense, ululating cry of joy, often heard in Muslim cultures at weddings, births and other celebratory occasions. As a result of migration, this cry now resonates in new contexts across the world.

Fanzine workshop Dan Perjovschi

SUNDAY 10.09.2017, 10:00-14:30

“What do you think of the world you live in?” This question permeates the fanzine project of the Romanian drawing artist Dan Perjovschi. He draws in order to understand the world around him, often with a lot of humour, in the form of “intellectual cartoons”. During this workshop you will have the opportunity to work together with Perjovschi to create one of his zines.

Max. 15 participants
Participants (18+ years of age) should preferably have no background in drawing
Participation costs 10 euro, which includes a basic lunch
Please register via

Open Monuments Day

SUNDAY 10.09.2017, 10:00-18:00

Kunsthal Extra City – on the former site of Wasserij Goossens – is participating for the first time in the city’s Open Monuments Day.

In 2013 Kunsthal Extra City moved to its current location in Antwerp-Berchem, in the building previously occupied by Goossens laundrette. The laundrette was a neighbourhood landmark for over 75 years. The complex stretched from Ferdinand Coosemansstraat to Eikelstraat, and encompassed, among other things, a self-service laundrette, a dry-cleaning service, a ‘cleaning supermarket’ and an ironing service. In 2011, Wasserij Goossens closed its doors, but, with the coming of Kunsthal Extra City, the building has been given a new lease of life, with exhibition spaces, artists’ studios, a small cinema and a café.

Free guided tours
During Open Monuments Day you can follow a guided tour in the building and in the current exhibition ‘Extra Citizen’, at 14:00 and at 16:00.
In the meantime children from 5 till 12 years old can participate in the Young Citizens Program.
Please register via

Young Citizens Program

How does the city become your own? At what point can you say ‘I feel at home here’?

Under guidance of the experienced moderator Puck Vonk, you’ll discover a number of artworks in the exhibition that connect with your life and experiences.
Through a number of stimulating hands-on activities, you’ll explore your ‘young citizenship’ and your relationship to the city of Antwerp.
Through playful activities you will engage with the themes of the exhibition.

While the kids get stuck in, parents can participate in a free guided tour of the exhibition or drink a coffee in the Extra Fika Café.

on 10 and 24 September, 8 and 22 October, on 5 and 19 November and on 3 December 2017, from 14:00 till 15:00
Children from 5 till 12 years old
Please register via

Extra Fika Café

Kunsthal Extra City becomes a welcoming place for gatherings and open dialogue. On 8 September the new cafe will open for drinks and a bite, working with local ingredients but inspired by flavors from all over the world.

Kunsthal Extra City

Friday 08.09.2017, 19:00

On 8 September Kunsthal Extra City reopens its doors!

You can expect an exciting and varied programme:
+ themed group shows and solo exhibitions with (inter)national contemporary visual art
+ a wide range of evening activities, with films, lectures and vigorous debates
+ open discussions, gatherings and a tasty bite at the new Extra Fika Café

The Kunsthal Extra City team wishes you a warm welcome!

Extra City is a Kunsthal that finds inspiration in the city for depicting different visions of our future, by encouraging new links between contemporary (inter)national art, artists, researchers, and citizens.

Kunsthal Extra City departs from the city and connects back to it. We focus on urban reality in all its facets as central to the challenges of the 21st century.

Kunsthal Extra City works with art that breathes the spirit of our time. This art is often complex and challenging, but in its concern for the city, is open for any curious visitor.


Making Public Domain

11.09 - 15.09.2017

Summer School #2 will be examining how public space can be made and what role art can play in this. The starting point is that public space does not actually exist, but must constantly be created and activated. On the basis of several real cases, the symposium will look at which artistic strategies are able to generate public space.

Summer School #2 is a joint project by ARIA & Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Middelheim Museum, Kunsthal Extra City, Kunstcel - Departement Cultuur, Jeugd, Media

Kunsthal Extra City
Eikelstraat 25-31
2600 Antwerpen-Berchem
Tel +32 (0)3 677 1655

Opening hours during exhibition periods
WED-SUN, 13:00-18:00

Free entrance

Adinda Van Geystelen – director
Caroline Van Eccelpoel – production
Lotte De Voeght – communication and mediation
Joke Desmet – assistance and administration
Gary Leddington – technical assistance

ARTISTIC TEAM (2017-2019)
Antonia Alampi
iLiana Fokianaki
Michiel Vandevelde

Tom Volkaert & Oscar Hugal – installation
Jef Cuypers – graphic design
Studio RGB – website