Since 2019, MaMA Rotterdam has selected three creatives for a year-long learning trajectory as program makers. Together with MaMA’s staff, they work towards a two-month-long exhibition. To conclude this trajectory, Jinxiao Zhou, Maria Mombers, and Louisa Teichmann collectively reflect on the past year. They do this in conversation with Simomo Bouj, dancer, curator, and deputy director at No Limits! Art Castle.

On Monday, May 20, they were guests on Radio WORM, where they discussed their experiences during the training program as a programmer at MaMA in relation to their art practice. How can you make sure you don’t lose your head when wearing different hats? How can you avoid running solely on instant ramen once crunch time arrives? How can you navigate complex collaborations without overworking? Together, they reflect on how to move forward after initial successes, how to take care of yourself and the people you work with, and how to merge different artistic identities.

Listen to the Radio Show above.


Jinxiao Zhou (1990) is a visual artist, grassroots educator, and social worker dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities. Jinxiao’s work focuses on creating spaces where individuals can connect with themselves and others.

Maria Mombers (1998) is a Rotterdam based visual artist, educator, curator and pop-culture enthusiast. Her work mostly revolves around the internet and staged realities; questioning the boundaries between what’s real and fake in an increasingly digital society. She creates space for individuals to explore online identity and create content both on – and offline.

Louisa Teichmann (1995) is a Rotterdam based media artist working with themes around gaming and the effect of new technologies on the player’s perception of reality. By analyzing gameplay methods and implementing them into real-life settings, she is creating scenarios in which the viewer turns into the protagonist of an interactive fictional narrative.


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