All my work I do is in collaboration with others, often with people outside the art world. I like to place my work in other people’s hands and see what they do with it. Other people have their own speciality and I like to see the project improve by combining different skills while improving and learning from each other.
I often use photography as the starting point of my projects. By doing that, photography becomes my standard medium, although I always switch to other media as I go along.
For as long as I can remember, I have had difficulty with authority, and I incorporate that into my work. I would have liked to work with a lighter theme, but I can’t. The issue of social inequality is close to my heart. Every time I think about it, I get angry and frustrated. All my work is really always about something that either bothers me or moves me. To make my work light-hearted I tend to use irony and self-deprecation, but I try never to be cynical. In my current project I criticise gentrification by forming an ironic character in the owner of the bakfiets (Dutch for cargo bike), and by using the bakfiets as a status symbol. I take on that persona and sing a self-written album of Amsterdam folk music about the urban process that causes gentrification.