Save the Date_17 November_Myvillages is 20

Myvillages' tractor tyre at Whitechapel Gallery, photographed during at The Showroom, photo: Dan Weill

Looking back to the future we want – together celebrating and reflecting on 20 years of Myvillages

17 November 2023 in Rotterdam

11:00 - 16:00 Rural Rotterdam Trip

16:00 - 18:00 Gathering at TENT to connect and reconnect

18:00 - 20:00 DeUrbanising the Museum, panel and discussion at TENT

20:30 - 23:00 Party with good food and DJ Reza Afisina in Boerenzij

Dear colleagues, friends, supporters and comrades of Myvillages

In 2003 we officially launched Myvillages (then called as a shared cultural space for opening up the rural as a working place for artists. Fed up with the ubiquity of urban cultural hegemony, we self-organised ways of thinking together, working within and publishing about the rural as a particularity without any urge to define it.

20 years later and numerous and invaluable encounters, relationships and projects later, we want to celebrate rural realities and imaginaries with you, in the manner of our work: close to the ground, together with others, curious, critical and tangible.

We cordially invite you to join us for one day of Rural Rotterdam on Friday 17th November 2023.

11am – 3pm Rural Rotterdam Trip
Keywords: former farmland, rural undercurrents, colonial histories and trans-local knowledge

Meeting Point: Myvillages Studio and Archive, Ericastraat 8, Rotterdam
NOTE: This walk is unfortunately fully booked.

4pm – 6pm Books, Coffee and Cake at TENT
A relaxed gathering to connect and reconnect, sharing publications on and about the rural, with slices of home-made cake and coffee. Please bring books and fanzines others should know about.
Where: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam

6pm – 7.30pm De-urbanising the Museum
A call to acknowledge the urban trajectory of museums/contemporary art spaces and possible rural roles. With reflective introductions from Charles Esche, director Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and Franciska Zólyom, director GfZK Leipzig, followed by a panel with Jane Scarth, curator public programme at Whitechapel Gallery London, Renan Laru-an, artistic director at SAVVY Contemporary Berlin, Alina Dzeravianka, cultural manager and activist based in Brest, Belarus and Aria Spinelli, curator/researcher at ASCA, Universiteit van Amsterdam.
The session is moderated by Meta Knol.
Where: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam

8pm Dinner, Music and Party
On the Boerenzij aka South Rotterdam - with DJ Reza Afisina (ruangrupa) and good food. Please send us an email at to get more information.

Gato Gato dinner during RSoExSSW summer camp, 2023
Publications by Myvillages and Myvillages founders Wapke, Kathrin and Antje