Housewarming: Still in my quotidian…

Housewarming: Still in my quotidian Lecture-performance by Siwar Kraytem met Betül Aksu, Alev Ersan and Hanieh Fatouraee


Sloterplas, from the zine Arabic is Still in my Quotidian. Yes it is. Illustrated by Written and Illustration by Siwar Krai(y)tem, published by Unformed Informed 2023


19:00- 19:30
Doors open, dates and iftar snacks provided

19:30 - 20:15
Lecture-Performance Still in my Quotidian
by Siwar Kraytem with Betül Aksu, Alev Ersan and Hanieh Fatouraee

RSVP required: there is a limited capacity for this program, please reserve a spot by mailing reservations [​at​] deappel.nl.

The lecture performance takes on language as a confrontational tool. It addresses language in relation to questions of privilege, hierarchy, and precarity, reflecting on multilingualism and society and tools of social negotiation. Still in my quotidian is a housewarming of sorts for a stranger in Amsterdam, a long awaited one. As Siwar receives their residency permit to stay another two years here, they question what it means to stay in Amsterdam, find space and allow for their language to claim space.

Siwar met Alev, Betül and Hanieh on a screen in 2023, as part of their current participation in BAK's Fellowship for Situated Practice. Soon after, they formed a gathering called ‘Yaani’ inspired by the common word in colloquial Arabic and Turkish. Alev and Betül will be performing with Siwar about belonging, alienation, and familiarity as part of their ongoing discussion around language. Hanieh's voice will accompany them through a remote yet close proximity.

N.B. Alev and Betül's travel is supported by BAK, Basis voor Actuele Kunst

Siwar Krai(y)tem

Siwar Krai(y)tem is a multilingual designer, researcher, writer, and artist based between Beirut and Amsterdam. Her research and artistic practice focuses on multilingualism and language in times of transformation, as well as the construction of society through language. Since May 2021, she has co-curated the platform Latlateh (which translates from Arabic to mean “unmeaningful chatter”), an encounter-based platform which focuses on language and the power plays embedded in language, semantics, translation, and daily conversation. She is currently a participant in Mophradat’s New Agents Program, a collective online residency. She is also assistant coordinator at Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam’s Design Department. In December 2022, she began a writing commission with publisher Unformed Informed, where she writes a diary-like series on her evolving relationship with Arabic, her mother tongue, after three years of being in the Netherlands. She is also part of the BAK Cell, Utrecht, in the Fellowship for Situated Practice.