On 6 August 2017 I hosted, together with Mathilde Baillarger, an exhibition at Sexyland in Amsterdam. The exhibition was called People. It consisted of two parts, one part was done by me and the other by Mathilde. With this exhibition Mathilde and I drew an image of the cultural diversity of Amsterdam by highlighting the differences and the similarities.
My part of the exhibition was the series Social Mirrors. The series is about our contemporary communication in the public space. Almost everyone uses every possible moment that he can find to use his smartphone to get in to contact with other people when he’s in transit. The series is a search to the answer to the question why people have the urge to use their smartphone when they are in transit. For more info about Social Mirrors, you can look at Social Mirrors in my portfolio.
Mathilde presented her project, The 178 faces of Amsterdam. It is a collection of embroidery highlighting the vast diversity of nationalities of the residents of Amsterdam. Amsterdam is currently the most cosmopolitan city of the world, in diversity of nationalities. It’s this facet of the city, often underestimated by these inhabitants themselves, that is at the heart of her project. Put the spectator in front of this multiculturalism. For more info about The 178 faces of Amsterdam, you can look at The 178 faces of Amsterdam on Mathildes website.
Past Tuesday Emily Kocken presented her new book, De kuur, at Athenaeum Boekhandel Spui. It was a well-filled, cozy evening with songs by Naomi Inez and speeches by Josje Kraamer (editor from Querido), Kees ’t hart and Emily Kocken her self.
About De kuur
Businessman Yves Altman has been mesmerized by the famous novel ‘The Magic Mountain’ his whole life. His house, where he lives with his four adult children from two marriages oozes the spirit of Art Nouveau. With his new girl friend and his children he travels to Davos, to the real Magic Mountain where Thomas Mann wrote his novel. Yves loves the book and not sharing this by his family is not an option. From the beginning of the trip things go different than planned, everybody mixes up place and time. Undefinable powers seem to be in charge. Yves has a hidden agenda and the oppressed desires of his girlfriend and his children create a dilemma. Is it possible to go back?
‘De kuur’ is a search for identity in modern corrupt economic times, a dark sexy fairy tale and a family saga about love in all forms.
As I said I may do, here is another blog post about Portugal. This time I will try to write a little about the state of the building in Porto.
When I visited Porto this summer it was one of the things that got my immediate attention. There where a lot of houses that looked like nobody had lived there in a long time. The dilapidated houses where numerous. Sometimes they stood next to a well maintain building. Sometimes there was little evidence left there ever stood a building. Sometimes, and this happend most often, the only thing that was in good condition or even existing was the facade with laid with Azulejos.
Some of the building I looked up on Google Maps did not give any sign of change for at least seven years, while It could happen that a few blocks away they were building a new apartment block from the ground up.Possibly due to a lack of money they don’t renovate them at this moment. I can only guess that the intention is to preserve architectural style and the authentic tiles. If money is the problem than I hope that they can buy the time to wait, else it would change the appearance of Porto quite a lot.