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The Power of Printmaking – Presentation and Conversation with Sofie Dederen, Frans Masereel Centre

Organizers: the Iaspis Programme in collaboration with Grafikens Hus, as part of the series Iaspis Design Dialogues
Speaker: Sofie Dederen, Director and Curator Frans Masereel Centre (BEL)
Conversation: Sofie Dederen in conversation with Nina Beckmann, Director Grafikens Hus
Moderator: Annika Enqvist, the Iaspis Programme
Date: Tuesday May 2nd, 2017
Time: 5.30–7.00 pm
Place: The Project Room, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee/Konstnärsnämnden
Address: Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm
Language: English


Frans Masereel Centre (1972) offers residencies and a working space to graphic designers, artists and critics who want to work with intaglio, relief printing, screen print or lithography, or who want to investigate the relationship of graphics with other visual arts. The focus is on creation and experimentation in the workshop. Frans Masereel Centre anno 2017 is a graphical laboratory in which the possibilities of graphical applications are being researched, widened and reformulated. It is a platform for the public, the artist and her/his work.

Grafikens Hus is a museum and a meeting place for contemporary printmaking, situated in Södertälje, Sweden. The mission is to make the graphic arts and printmaking accessible to as many different people as possible. Grafiken Hus wants to examine printmaking as an art form and explore its boundaries, so as to take it forwards into the future. Through an innovative educational programme. Grafikens Hus wants to invite audiences to experience printmaking in new and different ways. Driven by an ongoing curiosity, Grafikens Hus follows everything that happens within the graphic arts and printmaking today – in Sweden as well as internationally. Grafikens Hus’ work takes place through an ongoing project activity in a variety of settings, often in collaboration with other organizations and institutions. They are currently in the planning stages for building a new museum, with large flexible exhibition spaces and state of the art printmaking workshops, within a grand old industrial building and former foundry in Södertälje. The area is currently undergoing an exciting transformation to become a new science park, where the arts, science and innovation will be brought together. The opening of the new museum is scheduled for 2018. Until then Grafikens Hus is working from offices in Södertälje Town Hall.

Since 2011, Sofie Dederen (b. 1976, Belgium) has been the director of the print art and residency centre Frans Masereel Centrum (
In 1999, she started as freelance project manager with Muziektheater Transparant (Belgium). During her studies at and after graduating from the Kunsthochschule Berlin (Germany) as Diplomante Freie Kunsten in 2007, Sofie curated the exhibitions: Ik zie ik zie… (Storm op Komst /NGO Festivalitis, De Warande, 2009), Man with the Movie Camera (NGO Open Doek - De Warande, 2009), and was involved in collaborations such as Entree> Exit (Middelheim Museum, Antwerp in collaboration with bolwerK, 2010), Flat Files (Artforum Berlin, Germany, 2006), and Lokale (Schwerin, Germany, 2005).

For the Frans Masereel Centrum she programmed and developed projects such as DOCUPRESS Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Jan Kempenaers, Katja Mater, the exhibitions Copy and More (More Publishers), E IL TOPO (2014), iN KASTERLEE (2012), the PRINT ART FAIR 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Show your Colour (Dutch Design Week Eindhoven Netherlands, 2012), the performative exhibition with Z33, All the Knives, any Printed Story on Request (Åbäke, curator). Which Mirror do You Want to Lick? at the Biennale of Graphic Design, BRNO, curated by Sofie with Åbäke & Radim Pesko. Her next exhibition, La Doubleur, will be presented at the Villa Arson, Nice (2017). Her fascination and love for artists books and editions inspired Sofie to start publish artists books and editions with Jef Geys, Dorothy Iannone, Adva Zakaï, Christophe Lemaitre, Gert Verhoeven, “An edition in fragmented print(making) attitudes”.

She graduated from Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium) as Master in Communication in 2000. She is a founding member of the Workspaces Nederland en Vlaanderen Foundation and is a board member of 0090 ( and Greylight projects (

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