7 Amsterdam communities
12 local community artists
1200 A0/A1 posters throughout the city of Amsterdam
Initiators Merel Noorlander & Arthur Kneepkens | assistance/Social Media PR by Jovana Stulic.
#HoeGaatHetEchtMetJe shares stories and knowledge about that what needed to be heard right now. Together with twelve other artists, we’ve visited seven communities to ask people how they were really doing, what they needed, what expertise they could share with other locals, and what thoughts, habits, and feelings they wanted to remember after this crisis. At balcony conversations, at (market) squares, we spoke to elderly people in closed nursing homes and adolescents in secondary education, market vendors, sex workers, artists, and many others.
The core of these conversations took the form of quotes, political and other statements, and poems. Designer Yuri Veerman created an overarching visual idiom for these, encapsulating all the diverse ideas in a series of A0 and A1 size posters.
Involved communities and artists
>>> Luan Buleshkaj and Fouad Lakbir – residents of West and Nieuw-West; icw de Gouden Mannen (and many other partners);
>>> Janine Toussaint, Diane Elshout and Noud Verhave of Moving Arts Project – visitors and residents Krugerplein Amsterdam Oost;
>>> Claartje Chajes – elderly people Amsterdam Noord icw Cordaan;
>>> Nina Karim van Oort – Heesterveld community; Anton de Komplein; Hart voor de K-buurt, Amsterdam Zuid-Oost.
>>> Eva Gonggrijp – adolescents Sweelinck College Amsterdam Zuid, Barleaus Gymnasium Amsterdam Centrum;
>>> Rachel Rumai Diaz – wmnx artists, poets and storytellers Amsterdam;
>>> Merel Noorlander and Arthur Kneepkens – online and offline sex workers and a client; in cooperation with Trans United Europe/Trans BPOC European network and PIC Amsterdam-Centrum.
All of the posters and details of the project’s background can be seen on
>>> Insta at #hoegaathetechtmetje >>> online at Amsterdam Museum x Corona in de stad x howareyoureallydoing >>> our exhibit at Framer Framed >>> For a link to Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema’s new year speech who opens and closes with #HoeGaatHetEchtMetJe, click here >>> Interview at Parool.nl/PS, click here.
>>> Partners (selection) Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (AFK), Centercom, Cordaan, DeGasten, DWCprint, Fonds voor Noord, Framer Framed, City of Amsterdam | Stadsdeel West, Moving Arts Project, Over het IJ, PIC Amsterdam, Podium Mozaïek, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Spoken Stories, Stichting Heesterveld, TAAK, Theaterstraat, Trans United Europe/Trans BPOC European network, Amsterdam.
#HoeGaatHetEchtMetje is part of SAM (social-artistic museum) a research platform in public spaces, initiated by Merel Noorlander and Arthur Kneepkens. Hereby we investigate and translate the effect, expected and unforeseen effects of gentrification together with residents, organizations and art institutions.
Instagram #HoeGaatHetEchtMetJe, click here
Online exhibit ##HoeGaatHetEchtMetJe x Amsterdam Museum, click here
Exhibit #HoeGaatHetEchtMetJe x Framer Framed, click here
Interview #HoeGaatHetEchtMetJe by Noor Lagendijk x Parool, click here
#HoeGaatHetEchtMetJe x School der Poëzie, click here
Co-community artists #HGHEMJ Moving Arts Project, click here
Interview #HGHEMJ co-initiator Arthur Kneepkens AM live, click here
#HGHEMJ x New Years Speech major of Amsterdam Femke Halsema / Michiel Couzy here
#HoeGaatHetEchtMetJe by Jan Pieter Ekker x Parool, click here
#HGHEMJ x Claartje Chajes x De Krant voor Thuisblijvers, click here