The journal on operates as an extension of the exhibitions at Portikus themselves. A wide spectrum of contributions including essays, interviews, fictional writing or photo- and video-contributions provide a closer look on artistic interests and reflect on topics that concern our society, politics and culture.

Mutant Creature Making Books

Manuel Cirauqui, María Mur Deán

In the framework of his exhibition Pierre Verger in Suriname Willem de Rooij invites the artists Razia Barsatie, Ansuya Blom, Ruben Cabenda, and Xavier Robles de Medina to show their works on the Portikus website. With the program Flux und Reflux – A Selection of Moving Images Portikus' audience is introduced to moving image made by four contemporary artists who have a relationship to Suriname. The video works will be online for two week at a time:

Ruben Cabenda

the untitled dream, 2014

i am i was, 2016


strange fruit, 2017

the transition, 2018

Nieuwe herinneringen aan oude huizen, 2019

Developing his animations from ideas, sculptures, drawings and paintings that serve him to work through questions of identity and cultural heritage, religion and slavery, Ruben Cabenda synthesizes new ideas in them. Presented as loops, their repetition harnesses the power of moving image.

Ruben Cabenda’s animations examine the effect of the legacy of slavery on the people of Suriname, and the continuing colonial legacy that still informs everyday life there. He observes and reflects on ways that people in Suriname engage or try to disengage with their cultural heritage, and how this influences their idea of "Self". The politics of identity, globally as well as in Suriname, is central to his work and with his animations he aims at increasing viewers’ awareness of their own identity and background.

Ruben Cabenda (*1989 in Paramaribo) is based in Paramaribo. He graduated from the Nola Hatterman Art Academy in Paramaribo where he also taught until 2018, and from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Selected exhibitions include the National Gallery of Jamaica, Moengo Festival of Visual Arts, Nest Lowlands, Oude Kerk, Amstelkerk and Prinsenkwartier in Amsterdam, the Kunstvereniging Diepenheim and No Man's Art Pop-up in Teheran.

Upcoming artists in this series:

Ansuya Blom

Razia Barsatie

Online Conversation

Angela Lühning, Carl Haarnack, Oliver Hardt & Willem de Rooij

L'Esprit—Absolventenausstellung 2020

Louisa Behr und Johanna Weiß

Tails & Heads

Levi Easterbrooks, Janique Préjet Vigier

Portikus XXX Summer Screening Program

Levi Easterbrooks

WE THE PEOPLE – Upholding Liberty

Cosima Anna Grosser

"Oh my god, this is another kind of code language!"

Amy Sillman, Bernard Vienat

A Narrative for the Body: Shahryar Nashat’s Present Sore

Isla Leaver-Yap, Shahryar Nashat, Fabian Schöneich

Fermented Present

Franciska Nowel Camino

Log Diversion

Liberty Adrien, Carina Bukuts, Rand Elarabi, Nils Fock, Maria Guhr, Rabika Hussain, Mary Bom Kahama, Blaykyi Kenyah, Hanna Launikovich, Nelli Lorenson, Hemansingh Lutchmun, francisco m.v., Hilda Stammarnas, Elsa Stanyer, Amina Szecsödy, Yuxiu Xiong

In the Mood for Bengawan Solo

Paula Kommoss, Arin Rungjang

In Obscurity

Carina Bukuts

Textile as a medium of contemporary art

Olga Inozemtceva

Between Standstill and Movement

Malina Lauterbach, Maximilian Wahlich

The Body, the Pedestal

Marina Rüdiger

H[gun shot]ow c[gun shot]an I f[gun shot]orget?

Lawrence Abu Hamdan