|Pride and Prejudice expo in Zandvoort|
by Redaktie in Theatre, Art & Expo , 27 June 2019
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Two years ago, in 2017, Zandvoort Pride was held for the very first time. Zandvoort Pride was subtitled “Amsterdam at the Beach” and “Pride at the Beach.” A wave of enthusiasm came over the beach, with a real Parade, beach parties, and performances. The cultural highlight of the three-day festival was the presentation of a number of photographs by the Amsterdam photographer René Zuiderveld at the Zandvoorts Museum.
The overwhelming success of the atmospheric and above all very relaxing Pride days was surpassed the following year with even more visitors, more performances, and a joint exhibition under the title “Art with Pride” in the Museum. The entire museum was set up by guest curators André Donker and René Zuiderveld. For six weeks, the museum welcomed large numbers of visitors and received much attention from the local and regional media.
“Never change a winning team” must have been the motto, because in 2019, the Zandvoorts Museum will once again be opening its doors to a dozen artists. Art, design, photography, sculpture and installations that have been carefully compiled and exhibited in such a way that the one form reinforces the other.
Internationally celebrated artists alongside starting artists, emotionally charged work alongside playful and challenging works; often with ironic references to art history and icons from art history.
“Remember the past, create the future” is the umbrella theme of Amsterdam and Zandvoort Pride. A grateful starting point for the guest curators, who titled the exhibition “Pride and Prejudice.” A title which quickly evokes associations with a classic of literature, but which also reflects two keywords for which the gay scene, for decades, has been fighting for. Pride hardly needs an explanation; the Pride weekends in all major international cities say enough in that respect. Prejudice is unfortunately often overlooked; in 2019, discrimination is unfortunately not a thing of the past, and the gay scene is regularly accused, still on the basis of misconceptions and prejudices.
The curators do not pretend to offer a solution to the social discussions around the theme of homosexuality. They do want to show that art is art, regardless of the sexuality of the makers. That challenging art can offer the viewers a different perspective on what they may initially have considered as a subculture.
With a reminder of the past, the achievements that for decades have been fought for, the artistic expressions that depict this, and with the intention of facing the future openly, the guest curators of “Pride and Prejudice” hope that their choice will offer visitors much more than just eye-catching artistic expressions.
Participating artists of “Pride and Prejudice”:
Frans Franciscus, painting; Franciscus and Franciscus, graphic and visual art, and painting; Froukje van Tetterode, psychedelic pop art; Darija Q, installations, sculptures, mixed media; Lidy Jacobs, mixed media; Pablos Burgos, painting; Sarai van de Boel, mixed media; Donkerlaar, photograhy / installation; Jurgen Lips, painting; Project ZuiderBurg, Photoshop art; Jurrie de Vries, photography / stylist; Mark Haagmans, painting; Jaap de Jonge, photography; 2 Happy Gays, textile art; René Zuiderveld, photography; André Donker, installation.
“Pride and Prejudice” is open to the public from June 28 up to and including August 25, 2019 at the Zandvoorts Museum, Swaluëstraat 1, Zandvoort.
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