Questioning the way people perceive themselves in relation to their space, Paola Amabile and Alberto Fabbian will display a video work showing a series of charcoal masks as expressions of identities. Masks that can be considered as tools that allow to enter the inner world by projecting ones vision of society and conception of the space around us.

20:30 – 21:30

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam



The charcoal masks represent the result of Faberhama’s workshop that took place last September 2017 in the City Museum of Ljubljana in the context of the 25th Biennial of Design (BIO25) in Slovenia. The video work is part of "Passage", a wider research under the themes of “transformation and identity” initiated in 2015, which aims to encourage a debate on the existing links among objects, individuals and space.


Paola Amabile and Alberto Fabbian are a design duo based in Amsterdam. Their collaboration, known as Faberhama, aims to explore new design approaches based on their observation of society and the world. They investigate interactions between materials and techniques, celebrating diversity and expressing a balance between innovation and tradition, with a focus on experimentation.

Thursday Night Live!

In Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Thursday Night Live! programme thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad discuss urgent issues, innovative research and critical reflection related to architecture, design and digital culture. Why not grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut? Dinner vouchers are available for €7.50 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets link at this page or at the bar this evening.