Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00 - 23:00 / Entrance via Milk, Marnixstraat 409
Please note: this event has already taken place
In collaboration with EIZO, Kiekie and Melkweg Expo join forces for the second edition of the young talent development program FOLLOW. Selected from a large group of applicants, FOLLOW ’19 presents photographers Sjoerd Houben and Robin Alysha Clemens. Robin Alysha Clemens presents a photographic portrait of contemporary Mexican people and their faith. Sjoerd Houben followed and photographed men and women with a passion for bodybuilding, investigating gender roles and stereotypes within the subculture.
Attention: Wednesday 27 November we're opening at 15:00 instead of 11:00.
With the objective of creating new work and realizing an exhibition at the Melkweg Expo, the photographers each received a brand new EIZO monitor, mentorship and a working budget. On Friday 1 November, Kiekie, EIZO and Melkweg Expo proudly present FOLLOW ’19: an exhibition featuring both talents, which can be visited free of charge until 8 December.
‘Yo soy otro tú, tú eres otro yo’ is a portrayal of the Mexican people and their faith. Photographer Robin Alysha Clemens travelled to Mexico to meet with, interview and photograph over 60 believers: curanderos (spiritual healers), shamans, Catholics, Buddhists, nuns, brujas (witches), supporters of Santa Muerte (Our Lady of Holy Death), spiritual midwives, videntes (seers), new age spiritualists, artists and indigenous people like the Nahua, Seri and Yaqui. Focusing on the diversity of contemporary spirituality in Mexico, this project explores the unseen and unveils the underlying similarities between these spiritual practices. Clemens looks beyond the altars, icons and religious symbols, to capture the people behind these beliefs.
In his project ‘No Muscle Can Stretch Itself', Sjoerd Houben (1990) follows men and women in their passion for bodybuilding. Houben focuses on people who take achieving their ideal body to the extreme. This project is a visual investigation into the blurring and perpetuation of underlying gender roles and stereotypes within the subculture. While male bodybuilding often emphasizes the differences between genders, seeing muscles as an expression of power and masculinity, female bodybuilding challenges the idea of women as the weaker gender. The female bodybuilder embodies strength. Not only does the practice of bodybuilding physically empower women, but the choice to start bodybuilding itself is a defiance of imposed gender roles.
Melkweg Expo is an exhibition space for contemporary photography and a platform for young artists, located in the heart of Amsterdam. While our main focus lays on photography that explores identity, our society or pop culture in in the broadest sense, we occasionally welcome other forms of visual art as well.