The Window

The art gallery of the MakeFactory that you cannot enter, at Churchillweg 25, Wageningen. To be visited always and entirely on your own time.

The White Sand in Exile – Xuan Ha (Danang, Vietnam)

Xuan Ha closely approached the business of extracting and mining white sand in her hometown (Thang Binh, Quang Nam) – where the glass is produced to export to developed countries. Xuan Ha reflected on the impact of the business, which is led by large companies, on the physical and emotional wellbeing of the locals. Wandering along the coast she picked up the glass bottles that drifted to the shore from various directions, as if they were returning home to their source; the sand they were made from. Overexploitation spreads across the seaside communes. The communes are built on sand, planted on sand and buried under sand and yet their land is being exported away from under their feet. The sand is a nonrenewable natural resource. Once taken it can not be replaced.

The idea “The White Sand In Exile” originates from the culture of the people that live in the Central. They use the sand to make a small white pile to burn the incense on the house altar. It is believed that the sand is a spiritual door between both worlds of the living and the deceased.

AAAAAAH! – Hanna Speelman

Hanna Speelman 15 May till 15 July

Illustrator Hanna Speelman likes to approach political themes with a humorous undertone in her work. In doing so, she uses different techniques. For this exhibition she makes a series of 40 masks called AAAAAAAH!
The Masks depict the different faces of fictional and non-fictional monsters and how people give a face to ‘fear’ through the ages.

Shades of discomfort – Gigja Reynisdottir (Iceland)

On display from January 16 to March 16, the work “Shades of discomfort” by Gigja Reynisdottir.
This orchid, which Gigja made especially for “Het Raam”, is a flower in the ‘Homo Botanicus’ series. Gigja interweaves natural shapes and vegetation, with her wonder at the human condition.
The human flowers express the physical and psychological experience of being human and the complexity of human emotions, relationships and society.
The Orchid, a worshiped flower, but nevertheless a parasite that feeds on other plants, symbolizes how our consumer society is organized.
We don’t really ‘see’ what we are buying.
Come and see that flower!

Edible Window Story – Uno Fujisawa (Japan)

New exhibition in “Het Raam”
Including workshop by Uno Fujisawa

Uno makes Ikebana and Bento boxes.
She combines the two Japanese traditions in an untraditional way by calling them ´edible stories´. Ikebana is a special way of flower arranging in Japan. The very balanced and non-abundant pieces might be difficult to grasp at first for westerners who mainly like to celebrate the colourfulness, the blooming and the abundance of flowers, which resamble mainly spring and new life. The trick with Ikebana, says Uno, is in appreciating all beauty of the plant, not only when its blooming, but the entire process including the dying. She compares this to the way she makes her bento boxes. ¨You have to appreciate what you eat, from the seed to the fruit, to the harvest, untill you digest it.¨
So Uno creates edible Ikebana (flower art pieces) and after enjoying its beauty she eats them. Is it cruel? Or humorous and honest?

The 14th of November we invite you to the Harvest and ‘Edible Story’ Ikebana Workshop

The radish is a fast growing vegetable that looks gorgeous.
It will take a radish only 20 days to produce a beautiful red body.
You can watch the radishes grow in the window at Churchillweg 25 and keep track of their progress with the counter. To give them some extra time because of the autumn temperatures, we will harvest 30 days after sowing.

Uno will give an ‘Edible Story’ Ikebana workshop and afterwards we will prepare some typical Japanese dishes with radish and eat them together.

You are welcome  on the 14th of November from 14:00 until 17:00
In a corona proof setting at Maakfabriek, Churchillweg 21, Wageningen.
14:00 Uno will introduce herself and her work.
14:30 Harvest at the Window galery.
15:00 Edible Ikebana workshop
16:00 Prepare radish based Bento
16:45 Eating our creations!

This workshop is for free, please subscribe by sending an email to

See you there!

Workshop/Artist Talk
“Defining ourselves through otherness”

© Tamrat Gezahegne

On Saturday July 18th and Sunday July 19th, from 13:30 till 16:00 in de Maakfabriek, Churchillweg 21, Wageningen
A workshop in which you recheck your values and identity, and create new symbols for yourself. The workshop is a joint collaboration between Tamrat Gezahegne (multimedia artist) and Dienke Groenhout (interdisciplinairy artist).
Tamrat: “I can say I am Ethiopian, it is in my passport and it is an identity that was given to me, but can I truly represent it? I don’t even know what it means to say I am Ethiopian.
So I traveled my country to find out about it, and to find out which values I share with all the nationalities that Ethiopia contains. Each symbol is like a talisman. The script includes traditional and modern habits, food cultures, heritage and social values.”
Dienke: “I traveled the world a lot and I was given many names like foreigner, outsider, stranger. At a certain point I felt that my outside was disconnected from what I felt I was on the inside. People thought that I belonged to some group that I didn’t represent in my own feelings. And I started to research this feeling by making costumes for myself that created a whole new context for me. A possibilty to represent a new identity that I could be and to wonder what I wanted to be.”

The costumes Dienke makes and the symbolic script that Tamrat designed where born from similar research questions: can we try to redesign the values that we find important in life, and ask ourselves ‘what do we (want to) represent in this world?’

Artist talk about Tamrat’s new script named Wehed, which means mixed in harmony.
Artist talk about the “Ferengi” project that Dienke did in Ethiopia.
After the presentation you can design your own symbols and blockprint them on a small flag (or tattoo it on your body). We will create a flagline with our joint values from the group and display it in the new exhibtion window of MakeFactory.