Gallery Fleur & Wouter makes an ode to the extravagant personalities of artists and their models. From March 12 the exhibition Extravaganza will show photographs of activist, transsexual sex workers by Jan Hoek and Duran Lantink juxtaposed with explicit paintings by the flamboyant diva Eleonora Stol. Carmen Schabracq shows an installation with masks inspired by cultures from all over the world.
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The project Sistaaz of the Castle is a collaboration of Jan Hoek (1984) and Duran Lantink (1987) with SistaazHood, an organisation for trans sex workers in Cape Town, South Africa. The Sistaaz are fierce activists - proud to be trans, proud of their work and even prouder of their great sense of style. Together they created a series of photographs and a fashion collection based on the girls’ appearance and their ability to turn whatever they find into the most exuberant outfits. So far, this has resulted in an activist fashion show presented during Amsterdam Fashion Week, a photo exhibition at Foam, and a publication.
For this exhibition Jan chose six photographs from the series and made special frames, which he decorated with things that are characteristic of the Sista being portrayed. With the proceeds of the exhibition they want to realise a long cherished dream: a fashion show in Cape Town.
Day of the Dead
Carmen Schabracq (1988) has been researching masks and the rituals for which they are used for ten years. For this research she travels all over the world. The exhibition includes an overview of her masks, including masks she made during and after her residency in Mexico City where Carmen dived into the Day of the Dead. On this day the dead return to earth to celebrate with their living loved ones.
The paintings of the flamboyant Eleonora Stol (1946) are about sexual intrigues with Mediterranean men, her fascination with tango and flamenco, and a belief in divination and astrology. It was the fascination for Eleonora's special art and stories that made Fleur and Wouter decide to make exhibitions together. This exhibition is a tribute to Eleonora and the extravagant people we meet through the gallery.