It is about the constraints we put on boys, manliness and masculinity, and the show was an open invitation to create more space for different forms of being a (hu)man.
My dear friend Casper! Also a portrait for the Volksbuurtmuseum in Utrecht.
My dear friend Suus Kortbeek is a theater/film producer with her own Titaan Producties company, and I had the pleasure to take a portrait photo of her.
We planned a day this week; and it was terrible weather all the days before. We jokingly said that this was a high winds production.
6 OBJECTS – Projecting Identity Expressions
A concept developed and directed by Debora Dax
Dionisis Argyropoulos-Ioannou (Dynno Dada)
Lilia Scheerder (Antoine Panaché)
Producer: Jella Lena van Eck
Director of Photography: Chris Rijksen
Edit: Jella Lena van Eck
Location Sound Recordist: Sebastian Iglesias
Sound Designer: Sebastian Iglesias
Music: Aki Spadaro
Special thanks to: Maik and Sylvia for their critical questions
This project is supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts)
I had the honour and pleasure to photograph the photographer Melanie Samat in her own office.
Darkrooms, for many people a place they never visited. For some people the place to experience a unique kind of intimacy. Stories from darkrooms often refer to (gay)men. Darkroom stories from women you don’t hear very often. That’s why we have 3 different stories from 3 different women who experienced a darkroom.
This series is selected by the Porn Film Festival Berlin.
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The last day of filming with Sagas and Sissies! Big fun with Aynouk Tan, and I’m looking forward to the point of piecing it all together.
Onze redacteur Zippora Elders schreef het gastcommentaar op het thema van de maand december: gender (equality). Een krachtig pleidooi voor ontsnappen aan de norm. En een uitnodiging om na te denken over genderrollen en maatschappelijke opvattingen over wat hetero-normaal is.
Aan de bar van Café Schiller klaagde ik eens dat ik me niet begrepen voelde door bepaalde jongens. Dat ze zich zo ongenuanceerd en onzorgvuldig opstelden. De bevriende barkeeper zei: “Kun je je voorstellen dat je nooit hebt hoeven stilstaan bij hoe het is om ‘de ander’ te zijn? Dat maakt dus lomp.”
Dat zette me aan het denken. Ja. Ik ken de behoefte om mijn blanke, heteroseksuele mannen-vrienden uit te leggen hoe het is om regelmatig seksueel, seksistisch of racistisch (vaak tegelijk) benaderd te worden. Simpelweg om me minder eenzaam te voelen. Maar omgedraaid had ik het nog niet: wat doet het met je als je wél de norm bent?
I work together with Werken zonder Grenzen (Working without Borders) to set up their crowdfunding campaign. Today it was a intense day of getting everything on tape, and in between I managed to shoot some portraits.
I was asked by Levi to document his performance, a collaboration with Bennie. It is video, but for now I will show the stills; I am already quite happy with it so far.
So I made a blitz-visit to Beograd, Serbia, to be there for a the opening with my work at photofestival Vizualizator. I experienced an incredibly interesting conversation (that lasted almost two full days) about the power of photography, lgbtq-rights and diversity. I was able to show the Trans*tapes there, talk to people there and eat the acid cabbage. It was a blast, I did sleep 5 hours in two days, and I would totally continue this journey I went on.
I did show my work Gender as a Performance, and some of the Steaming Studs.
This summer I shot some commissioned portraits for transgenderinfo.nl
The website is now live and looking great, I’ll show you in a different post
Together with Jonah and Bart we started recording the Naked Truth. Videos where we answer questions, and giving the people that follow us on the internets a place to ask the questions they maybe are pondering upon. I’ll share a few of them here, you can see all of them on our FB-page
Jonah is talking about being vulnerable as visible trans*
I’m talking about what I might have lost in the process of transitioning.
Bart is talking about his ‘bubble of manliness’.
We all elaborate on the effects of testosterone.
Jonah on the T in LGBT acronym.
The Trans*Tapes is a series of six short portraits about transgender people in the Netherlands. Released in 2015, it is the first of its kind in this region. While many narratives dealing with the topic ‘transgender’ tend to turn transgender people into subjects instead of humans, the Trans*Tapes focuses on strength, positivity and human resilience. The series broadens the narrative and reveals a more layered image of what it can mean to be transgender. These insightful portraits are first and foremost about the lives and journeys of strong individuals. Through their own nuanced stories, the six people featured in the Trans*Tapes provide a personal and diverse perspective of a label so often stereotyped.
The Trans*Tapes is an initiative started by three transmen; Bart Peters, Jonah Lamers and Chris Rijksen.
Together we form the collective: The Transketeers.
With different backgrounds, but similar views on life they decided to start this exciting collaboration.
After not feeling represented by the current narrative about transgender people, Bart, Chris and Jonah took action to make trans* people’s voices heard. Their mission is to inspire and empower young trans* people and provide their surrounding with a more well-rounded perspective of what their future could look like.
The Trans*Tapes are made with the financial support from the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten, Stichting Democratie en Media, Trutfonds and Stichting Ondersteboven.
The making of HIJACKING CONFORMITY FOR POETRY, then with still another title for the ONE MINUTES
Hijacking conformity for poetry is an series of videos in an installation. It is a visual essay to bring play into work, disturbance and fun into efficient environments.
Commissioned work for the Pride Photo Award 2014, portraits of the jury members Simon Njami, Jan van Breda, Sharon Sliwinski, Sujon Song and David Deitcher.
Document 2 of the transformation (2014) – Video
Available upon request
This is an attempt to visualise my struggle to handle invasive questions upon the ‘deviant’ body, the transgender body.
Video made with help from Antonio Martinez and Bart Peters
Iphis – Document 1 of the transformation (2012)
It is an spatial installation with sound, a publication, and above all the last documentation of my body before I started hormone replacement therapy.
GENDER AS A PERFORMCE – 2012
A thought experiment about the perfomativity of gender. Bananas are bananas because we say so. Gender might be constructed the same way; a man is a man, a woman a woman just because we stated it.
You are a gendergenerator (2012)
Part of the installation You are a gendergenerator
installation included two buttons; man and woman, and a red and green light for indication of the answer.
SPOILER: Only the red light would work!