Juha van 't Zelfde

Artist, organiser and gardener

My name is Juha and I’m a Finnish-Dutch artist, organiser and gardener from Amsterdam-Noord.

In my work I explore the ways in which communal desire and collective joy are a cause of solidarity and social action.

"Happiness," as Paul B. Preciado writes, "is political emancipation." 

I find inspiration in club culture, mutual aid, ethnobotany, social ecology, video games and football.

My latest work, Every Body In The Place, will open at Het Nieuwe Instituut on 4 November. It is a collaboration with photographer Amie Galbraith (UK), scenographer Karl Klomp (NL), and artist and musician Gaika Tavares (UK).

I am a tutor at the DAS Graduate School and ArtEZ.

Previously, from 2017 - 2021, I was founder and director of Resolution, MA Moving Image at the Sandberg Instituut.

Before that, from 2014 - 2017, I was artistic director of Lighthouse in Brighton, where some of my favourite moments were founding the club night Progress Bar, hosting Girls Get Digital, commissioning The Sprawl by Metahaven, working with Finland, making the exhibition A Screaming Comes Across The Sky, and signing Elijah as associate-artistic director.

You can find more of my work here, contact me here, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

(Photos: Amie Galbraith, Pieter Kers, George Knegtel, Roberta Matis, Gert-Jan van Rooij, Andreas Kühne, Timo Arnall and Juha van 't Zelfde)