oktober 2015 - oktober 2016
REFUSE Magazine (refusemagazine.com)
“What was the taste of your candy before you become a refugee? Was the taste and texture the same as mine?” The subject of the refugee is the most vulnerable subject of our today society. Depicting them as refugees under distress however is much overused by artists, journalists and filmmakers. This depiction ignores the fact that these people are not only merely refugees, but that they are humans who have much more to offer than we might think, who happen to carry the label 'refugee'. In order to encounter this stereotype of refugees as a 'burden' and envision them as 'pathetic', the idea of developing a new international glossy magazine was born. This new ‘message’ does not ignore the facts of life which the refugees endure – homelessness, deprived conditions, difficult pasts - but shows the person behind 'the refugee', in all his color, beauty and pain. Through beautiful photography and fashion we use this powerful medium to bring out this new depiction and give back their value. A strong and positive message through a delicate but courageous filter, protecting the vulnerability of existence.
Impact van REFUSE Magazine (refusemagazine.com):
- I envision creating a new language which artist can emulate to create a fresh dialogue regarding not only refugees but any vulnerable group
- The plan is to move away from the desperate imagery and to show with a different lens the reality & that means all of the story must be told
- Private history & current state of the refugees lives, will be incorporated into creating a new artist language that tells their narrative
Wat gaat er gebeuren
Vragen aan REFUSE Magazine (refusemagazine.com)
Met wie werk je samen?
I was lucky that advertising company KesselsKramer wanted to collaborate on this project. The company just loves this project's concept and it is happy to support it. The same goes for Bas Kosters, who appreciates my passion. We do need to establish what our exact roles within the project will be. I already learned that I have to clearly communicate with collaborators and that I should be open in stating what I expect from them. I am really learning along the way. Emotionally speaking and creatively speaking it can be overwhelming sometimes, because at this moment I do not have the space to be fully creative. I am busy negotiating with a very well-known artist about a collaboraton for my magazine. I am convinced that this will work out, because I think we speak the same language (art). Collaborating and networking can be a challenge, but I truly believe in my project. Therefore I am convinced it will succeed. Most important: I need to think outside of the box.
Hoe ga je samenwerken?
I am an independant visual artist and I have always worked individually. I have never collaborated with people such as fashion designers, journalists, adverting agency or business partners. This is a new world for me. Finding the right person for my project was very difficult. It was important to find 'big names' who wanted to cooperate with me on this project, because otherwise the magazine would not be able to attract attention. I want this project to have a huge impact. Therefore, it is important to invest in the commercial side. However, for the transparency and the pure purpose of the magazine all these big names will need to donate their time and their name to it. I will of course pay the people who are in need of a small budget. Such as a Greek camera man in Lesbos who will help me filming. I could not ask him to do this for free and it feels good to be able to help people in need along the way. The biggest challenge is to convince people to be part of Stateless Taste. I am somewhat like a chameleon; I am still the same person, but sometimes I need to change colors. I never was into networking or active on the commercial side of art, but this project would have been a failure to me if I had not changed into some kind of ’business woman’. Creativity only is not enough for this enormous and challenging project.