Midnight Frontier

Midnight Frontier

Screening, talk & drinks


Entrance via Melkweg Expo, Marnixstraat 409

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Midnight Frontier

Screening, talk & drinks

Peter van Langen / Piet Oosterbeek / Jan Janssenswillen / JeanPaul Paula / Kimberly Willems / DJ BUNKERFACE

On the last Saturday of Piet Oosterbeek’s exhibition about the Georgian youth in Tbilisi, we set up an evening to talk about safe clubbing; from Bassiani to De School. Piet Oosterbeek will share some stories about the Georgian youngsters he photographed. We will screen the documentary Midnight Frontier by Peter van Langen, which tells the story of activists that stand at the frontline of LGBTQI+ activism in Georgia. And last but not least, artist Jan Janssenswillen will share his research on new forms of documentation of Amsterdam’s electronic club scene, while respecting its safe space conditions. The talk and discussion will be moderated by Kimberly Willems.

No talk about clubbing without beats. Afterwards there will be drinks and tunes by BUNKERFACE.

This talk will be in English.

Peter van Langen - Midnight Frontier
The documentary tells the story of activists that stand at the frontline of LGBTQI+ activism in Georgia. They recount their experience during the International Day Against Homophobia, in which they were assaulted by thousands of anti-gay activists, led by the Georgian Orthodox Church. Club Bassiani, and their queer nights Horoom Nights, form their fort of resistance to homophobic violence. For them, nightlife in Georgia is not an escape, but a way to resist. A fight that is not contained within the walls of the club, uniting friends and enemies through dance.

Producer & Director: Peter van Langen
Co-director: Iris-sanne van der Aar
Cinematographer Charlie Feld
Sound Designer: Max Oostveen
Composers: Sebastian Böldt Philipp Fromme

Jan Janssenswillen - Front Left—Capturing club culture
Recent Graphic Design graduate from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Jan Janssenswillen has been part of Amsterdam’s nightlife and queer community since he moved to the city. 'Front Left—Capturing club culture' is an investigation into new forms of documentation of Amsterdam’s electronic club scene, while respecting its safe space conditions. The question evolved out of Jan's graduation essay 'Front Left—Politics of club culture' that looks into the recurrence of safe spaces within Amsterdam’s club culture. According to Jan, one of the most important aspects of a safe space is the no-picture policy, and therefore privacy and anonymity.

Piet Oosterbeek – Everything OK not OK
Piet Oosterbeek sketches a twofold story about young people in Tbilisi, Georgia and examines how we interpret images from a Western perspective. By looking at others and observing their lives, we reflect on ourselves and the context in which we live. Oosterbeek photographed young people dressed in everyday street style in their urban environment. Pink hair, a man with an earring, tattoos, a woman with a nose ring; the images are reminiscent of a typical Western European street scene. These young people are part of a counterculture in Tbilisi, Georgia. In this former Soviet state, the Orthodox Church continues to hold authority over society.

JeanPaul Paula 
JeanPaul Paula (born 1986, Willemstad, CW) works as a Creative Director, Stylist, Photographer, Director, Activist and is a former judge on Holland's next top model. He has build up a big portfolio of work by working with a very diverse group of people in different fields and brands. e.g. Jean-Baptise Mondino, FKA Twigs, Lacoste and Nike. In addition to his work in fashion, He’s had exhibitions in the KAF in Almere, The Foam museum in Amsterdam, the Kunsthal in Rotterdam and Vogue Photo Festival in Milan. JeanPaul is fiercely committed to both the Black Lives Matter and Trans Lives Matter movements.

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