Opening FOLLOW '19

Opening FOLLOW '19

Robin Alysha Clemens & Sjoerd Houben

Expo
Free

17:30 - 21:30 / Marnixstraat 409

Please note: this event has already taken place

Opening FOLLOW '19

Robin Alysha Clemens & Sjoerd Houben

La Bruja De Texcoco

In collaboration with EIZO, Kiekie and Melkweg Expo join forces for the second edition of the young talent development program FOLLOW.  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.

Friday November first we present these two photographers with at 20:00 a live performance by La Bruja De Texcoco. 

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.

On her photography trip to research spiritual practices in Mexico, Robin met La Bruja De Texcoco (The Witch of Texcoco). Captivated by her intriguing personality, spirituality and music, she invited La Bruja to pose for her. At the opening this amazing artist will play a short set  and bring the magic to our expo space. La Bruja De Texcoco is a music and performance project born out of a rejection of masculinity in Mexican music. La Bruja takes traditional Mexican music down a feminine path, into a fabulous world full of extravagance, sequins and masks.

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.