Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide

Exhibition curator at Van Abbemuseum

Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide is exhibitions curator at Van Abbemuseum, the Netherlands. Previously she was deputy director at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, where she began as an intern in 2008. 

Her interests lie in intersecting perspectives and modes that decentre the oppressor in practices of freedom and liberation, to influence art institutional practices. 

She is co-editor of: A Lasting Truth Is Change (forthcoming); Laure Prouvost, This Means Love (Lisson Gallery, Van Abbemuseum, 2021); Unlearning Exercises: Art Organisations as Sites for Unlearning (Casco Art Institute, Valiz, 2018).

She has been a tutor at the Dutch Art Institute, Roaming Academy, thesis advisor in the Fine Arts department at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam (2016–2019). She is a board member at NeverNeverland, Amsterdam, and at Kunstituut Melly, Rotterdam.

Currently on the nightstand: The Book of Delights by Ross Gay

Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide, a black-skinned person with short brown hair stands in front of a backdrop with plants looking into the camera. Framed from the shoulders up, van der Heide is wearing a black shirt.

Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide. Portrait by Martha Stroo