About this Event
Amsterdam and tourists belong together. Millions of people from all around the world come to this beautiful capital of the Netherlands with his 880.00 inhabitants. The number of tourist overnight stays was in 2017 almost 13 million and will increase in 2018 with 10 percent!
Amsterdam is booming! That is great for the tourist industry but for the inhabitants of Amsterdam sometimes can be disturbing and annoying. They have the feeling of living in an open-air museum, a historic Disneyland where the official language is English and the roll-up cases determine the street scene.
At the same time, Amsterdam is proud of its tradition of tolerance and diversity. And that also applies to its tourists. This exhibition wants to show the diversity of tourists: the tourist does not exist, every tourist is an unique human being.
In collaboration with the Breitner Academy, ClinkNOORD exhibits photos of Amsterdam tourists from 15 to 22 February by Dutch art students. Other photos are shown at the DoubleTree by Hilton, AMDAZ Hotel, Lloyd Hotel, Student Hotel West, Q Factory Hotel and also featured in the Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool. And if you look at #meandthetourist on your Instagram, you will see a whole lot more. The exhibitions are curated by artist Jan Hoek.
About the Artist
Jan Hoek (1984) is artist and writer.
Jan Hoek has photographed amateur models, mentally ill homeless people in Africa, a girl with no arms and legs, a heroin addict who dreams of being a model, or people he has simply found in advertisements on the internet. The photo shoot is never what he expected, model and photographer always have different expectations. The model actually wants sex while Jan Hoek wants to shoot the dog. The model tries to be as glamorous as possible, while Jan wants to picture the decay. Photographing is not just about the image but also the relationship between the photographer and the model. How far can you go with your models? In the accompanying film, Me & My Models, Jan talks about the nasty, funny, painful or touching things that happen around photographing people.
“I believe there is always a certain degree of ethics involved in photography. It is almost impossible to take photographs of people without consciously, or unconsciously, crossing boundaries and with things happening that you don’t want or expect. I feel this is often covered up in photography, while I would like to show it … “