We would like to invite you on a journey.
We would like to share with you our vision and our stories.
We would like to introduce you to our crew and people behind this amazing phenomenon - a self-made museum.
We would like to tell you the stories of our artworks and artists who visited us.
ANXIETY & PAIN RELIEF
“Just like caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Just like the old plaster falls off the wound. So will your anxieties and frustrations disappear very soon. You are still at the very beginning of your journey. You are still growing.” Bastardilla
“My work is essentially photographic and documentary work, I take photographic images of people who I do not know to another time and dimension, another place, another scale. My work is focused around the idea of that a portrait captures the daily lives of real people living face to face.”
“Everything has its rhythm - everything has its banks. The respect and admiration to the land where we live and work and dream and fight The community vision, the implication with; they build their life, life with clear and direct sense, the purpose of caring and administrate the common good.
The indigenous concept that we can translate as “Good Living” Sense that I feel is dead in our lives .”
ONE TIME FOR YOUR MIND
“\the hands, fighting to catch that shinny bird.
\the female legs, with an extra male dosis of horns
\the screaming cat, and the calmed lady.” El Chico Iwana
MOUNTAIN OF CALM
Here we like to talk about cultures. Ukrainian: went to Berlin, got drunk, invited everybody on the last night to visit and paint. American: used the invitation and arrived 4 days later to live and paint; painted a monster and left without notice. Arubian: came to check the painting, saw the mess, and painted over quickly in white paint. Dutch (local residents): “my granddaughter stopped visiting me”, “we know the monster is still out there”. Argentinian: What would you like to see? Locals: Windmills and Tulips. Argentinian: You all need to calm down. Next morning, the Victoria Lilly in HortusBotanicus bloomed with 2 flowers instead of 1.
PAINTING IS JUST AN EXCUSE TO HAVE FUN
We work with artists who are curious and inquisitive, trend setters and explorers. Those who are interested in our none-marketed area of Amsterdam.
We offer our homes for comfortable living and our residents for local assistance.
We ensure that artist's stay in Amsterdam is an ADVENTURE*
Lilly represents the flower of Amserdam, Nieuw-West. The water in which the main character is places is Sloterplas lake, the center and pride of this region of Amsterdam. The road to success and dreams-come-true is not easy: it’s full of thorns. Mother feeding a baby in public space in a predominantely muslim/islam community is not greeted with anger. Actually, everyone is super tolerant – echoed the artist. The child, Thyrisa, is reaching out to 7 snakes, who have made a neckless on Dianne’s chest: 7 because it’s a lucky number. Snakes because at the time Dianne had them. Also, because 2012 was a year of a dragon and because Animal Attraction shop is the only one in Amsterdam specializing in reptiles. On the crown of Dianne are all the people that helped to paint this wall and all the empty walls that have our names on them.
“You want to challenge me? Let me paint one of my collages. I've never painted like this before. I would like to have time to experiment with colours. It will be like your Western Skies: amalgamation of yellows, purples and pinks.” LaIra
“Hera is the only Greek goddess who does not have a Roman counterpart. Her female forms are represented through pomegranate and she is surrounded by harvested fruits and vegetables. She is wearing a mask as if to say ” keep looking at me“ not everything is as it seems.” Skount
Harmony. Backwards. This is how we see the junction between Slotermeer and Geuzenveld, 2 out of 9 areas of Nieuw-West region of Amsterdam. One is the problem area and one is not, even though it is only a blue/green waters of canals that seem to separate knowledge from ignorance, wealth from poverty.
Editor — Anna Stolyarova, Curator Street Art Museum Amsterdam
Creative Direction Assistance — Mario Genovesi
Photography — Stephanie van Loonen, Art Student
Video — Danny le Bruin, Art Student
Photography — Justin Felter
Interview — Wendy Caris, Communications Director Street Art Museum Amsterdam
Interview — Dianne Riley, GrassRoots Director Street Art Museum Amsterdam
Photography — Stephanie van Loonen, Student