MAQAM is a collaboration between the Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest, Meervaart and Foam. The programme consists of concerts, presentations, exhibitions, rehearsals, workshops and masterclasses in the field of music, word art and photography.
The word MAQAM is a reference to a musical melodic mode and occurs in the Arabic, Persian and Turkish languages. Various modes together form a rich musical palette of colours and structures with room for improvisation and feeling. Besides the musical reference, MAQAM also stands for position, location and place; a reference to the city of Amsterdam.
Remarkably, the original initiative for the space is in the hands of three residents of the West district. Fouad Lakbir (storyteller), Yassine Boussaid (director Meervaart) and Mohamed Aadroun (Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest) have combined their expertise and strengths to realise the space together with partners Foam, Meervaart and the Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest.
Foam has committed itself to the new cultural centre until 2024 and will actively link all its activities in MAQAM to the museum programme, its network of artists and its own collection. We do this together with residents of the West district and with schools, welfare and other formal and informal networks in the neighbourhood.
At MAQAM, Foam will open with works from Cristina de Middel's Afronauts series. The works are a modern reconstruction of a virtually unknown story, the ambitious plan of the Zambian teacher Edward Makuka Nkoloso to start a space programme in 1964 that suddenly sees Zambia joining the United States and Russia in the space race.
MAQAM is an initiative of the Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest. Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam and Meervaart are involved as permanent partners.
MAQAM would like to thank CBRE Investment Management, the City of Amsterdam and TANGRAM Architekten B.V. for the development of this space and all partners, volunteers, designers and local residents who have made this initiative possible with their love and knowledge.
Foam is supported by the VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the VandenEnde Foundation and the City of Amsterdam.
In 2021 Foam will receive additional support from the Mondriaan Fonds and the Kickstart Cultuurfonds.