4.10.21 – 10.10.21 🏳️🌈 The Protest Banner Lending Library by Aram Han Sifuentes

💥 Meet PrintRoom’s new Publisher-in Residence!💥

We are happy and excited to introduce our new Publisher in Residence Aram Han Sifuentes (Chicago, US) and her Protest Banner Lending Library. 

During her stay at PrintRoom the Protest Banner Lending Library will be activated as a communal work space in which skills related to banner-making are shared in an environment supportive of different voices. 

Aram will be in residence at PrintRoom from Monday 4 October to Sunday 10 October. Daily (except Wednesday) she will be hosting banner making workshops focusing on different urgencies each day such as the Dutch housing crisis and the effects of climate change.

For the workshops she will be joined by invited guest artists and/or activist groups as well as members of the public who are interested in co-creating and contributing. 

All banners made during the week will be included in a procession walk through Rotterdam on Saturday 9 October. A selection of previously made banners, part of the Protest Banner Lending Library collection, will also be on show at PrintRoom.

During the residency period we will also realise the publication Taking Receipts (new edition) and Gossip Log. They will be launched during the Artist Talk on Saturday. 

After Aram’s residency is over, a part of the Protest Banner Lending Library will permanently stay at PrintRoom, open to  everyone to lend and use at future protests. 



Mon 4 Oct – Tue 5 Oct – Thu 7 Oct – Fri 8 Oct 

10:00 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 17:00 

🏳️🌈TALK & WALK 🏳️🌈

Saturday 9 October

14:00-17:00 Meet the Publisher Artist Talk + Publication Launch + Banner Parade 

Soup and drinks at PrintRoom upon return 

If you’d like to join one of the workshops please email us at indicating your preferred day and time slot. No sewing skills are needed.

If you’d like to join the talk & procession please reserve here

All activities are open to the public and take place at PrintRoom Schietbaanstraat 17 Rotterdam www.printroom.org

More information:

Aram Han Sifuentes: As an immigrant and a daughter of a seamstress, I learned to sew at age six. It was not a choice but rather a necessity to help my mother earn a living. In this way, sewing has ever since been an important part of me, my body memory, and my politics. Sewing is my medium to investigate identity politics, immigration and immigrant labor, possession and dispossession, citizenship and belonging, dissent and protest, and race politics in the United States.

My art practice situates itself at the intersection of fiber, social practice, performance, and pedagogy. At the core of my practice, I create socially engaged and materially rich projects in an ‘art world’ environment that are available and accessible for those who are disenfranchised, particularly for dispossessed immigrants of color.

I confront social and racial injustices against the disenfranchised and riff off of official institutions and bureaucratic processes to reimagine new, inclusive, and humanized systems of civic engagement and belonging. I do this by creating participatory and active environments where safety, play, and skill-sharing are emphasized. And even though many of my projects are collaborative and communal in nature, they incite and highlight individual’s experiences, politics, and voice. Much of my communal work revolves around sharing skills as a point of connection. We share sewing techniques, to create multiethnic and intergenerational sewing circles, which become a place for empowerment, subversion, and protest.


PrintRoom’s Programme is kindly supported by the Mondrian Fund, the Creative Industries Fund NL and the City of Rotterdam       

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