Discover Eindhoven, The Netherlands in this catalogue of creative happenings

Powerful photography – Resilience Powerful photography – Resilience
September 25th, 2010

The opening of Resilience exhibition and book tells of a photographic and anthropological journey with the Roma – individuals with all the dramas and challenges in life that we all face, and the added obstacle of being stigmatised the world over.
“See the Roma as people – not as Roma, but as people.” – Marin Farcasiu, Roma and Roma translator for Resilience.

Finding strength in hidden places Finding strength in hidden places
September 17th, 2010

When I was a little girl, playing dress ups and choosing to be a “gypsy” meant wearing a head scarf, big loop-y earrings and piles of other costume jewellery; maybe there’d be an eye patch too, but there would definitely be a bright, full skirt and flowing blouse with a peasant neck. Finally, a crystal ball could complete ‘the look’. Generally, being a “gypsy” meant you had licence to be creative, colourful, wise and mysterious. But we grow up and see how things really are. What does it mean to be a Roma today? How do they cope with their situation? The upcoming book and exhibition by Mike Roelofs and Fanny Jol let us see into where resilience resides.

The devil finds work for idle hands The devil finds work for idle hands
September 10th, 2010

So keep yours nice and busy this weekend! Or your brains/eyes/ears. What’s on?
Graffiti Jam at Dynamo, European Heritage Days, Flux-S, Pop Fotography by Harry Heuts in the Effenaar restaurant.

In the eye – Berlin In the eye – Berlin
August 19th, 2010

Eindhoven needs a photography gallery. One cannot help but be inspired by the industry and entrepreneurship of Berliners. Eindhoven (inadvertently or intentionally, who knows?) models itself on patterns to be found everywhere in Berlin – we too have the abandoned buildings (see the brilliant Berlin blog Adaptive Reuse) and designer hairstyles. Of course Eindhoven is small fry compared to the intense cold and dark heritage of Berlin, but yeah, the concept of hergebruik (adaptative reuse) is no stranger to the Dutch artists … and my hairdresser’s staff (Faces) frequently pop eastwards to Berlin for hair cut and colour refresher courses. That’s a start.