The white cube is, within the contemporary art world, understood to be a space stripped off all its context. An empty container. Within these spaces, the exhibited artworks determine what the conversation will be about. But how this conversation develops will depend on all people involved in the exhibitions. From artistic directors to curators. From artists to visitors. DE BOUWPUT gallery located in studio 74 of Broedplaats Bouw carries the not so subtle subtitle “Anarchy in a white cube.”

Within this space, we try to break down all (superfluous) hierarchical structures. Based on mutual aid, direct action and horizontalism. The gallery was set up in 2017 by Peim van der Sloot and Marnix Postma. It serves as an exhibition space for the tenants of Bouw, as well as members of the community and neighbours who require such a space. It has functioned, based on self-organisation ever since. There is only 1 rule: that after use, one returns the space to its neutral conditions: white walls, gray floor. DE BOUWPUT gallery is not a conventional art gallery, our space is artist-run and non-profit, which means the users are responsible for their own event, including promotion, documentation, and catering.

Here you’ll find an overview of all dialogues that took place within this —at some times not so— white cube. All unique and diverse spatial conversations, wherein the people have shaped the exchange, not just the works.

During the past years we received great help running the space from Amber Schaafsma, Marnix Maartens, JJ Wilson and Gabija Nedzinskaite