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4 Title: 177 nationalities: Portraits of the most diverse city in the world Augustus 2008, Amsterdam Concept and research: Laura Hendrix Photography: Lutz Baumann, Christian Degen, Janine den Hartog, Marcus Noessing, Niels van Veen Design: Christian Degen Teachers at HKU: Irene Ennen, Anette van Imhof


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Introduction

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Betul / Turkish, Dutch

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Brain Heylin / Irish

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Christian Degen / German

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Craig Terence Williams / British

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David Golek / Israeli

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Despina Bampa / Greek

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Dimitar Bodurov / Bulgarian

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Franciscus van der Meer / Indonesian, Dutch

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Eveline de Boer / Dutch

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Hélène Alti-Diao / Burkinabè

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Ijesha / Nigerian

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Ingunn Jónsdóttir / Icelandic

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Jason Adam Fulton / British

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Jimmy wordsworth Rage / Jamaican

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Julian M. Lynn / American

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Kate Dickens / New Zealandic

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Kristine Hymøller / Danish

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Najam Murad Kahn / Pakistani

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Magdalena Ptasznik / Polish

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Maja Markovic / Serbian, Greek

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Marc Andrews / Swiss, British

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Marion Lecesne / France, Swiss, Australian

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Michelle Gauci / Australian

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Nayla Chebli / Lebanese

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Ola Vasiljeva / Latvian

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Pedro da Silva Morgado / Portuguese

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Puneet Seistani / Indian, Dutch

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Q Hisashi Shibata / Japanese

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Rico / Surinam

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Rob Kohnen / Dutch

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Robson Lima / Brazilian

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Rosa Lekatompessy / Indonesian, Dutch

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Sebastiaan Duong / Chinese, Dutch

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Shane Shu / Canadian

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Sidney Cruickshank / Surinam

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Sina / Iranian

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Sophia de Hoog / Dutch

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Tamara Vierbergen / Ugandese

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Tunc / Turkish

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Walid Shahin / Egyptian, Dutch

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Younes Mracha / Maroccan, Dutch

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About the makers

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The Book you have just opened, on first sight, contains portraits from random people in Amsterdam. They are organised by name and, next to them, you will find a small interview. The thing that connects all these people is that they are inhabitants of Amsterdam and all have a nationality. This is something that everybody in Amsterdam has, even better; everybody in the world is supposed to have a nationality. Nationality according to the dictionary means: the status of belonging to a particular nation. You would here fore expect that a nationality could tell something about where somebody lives. The interesting thing however is that you don’t lose a nationality when you leave the nation where you got it from. Because of this it is possible for a nation or city to have inhabitants of different nationalities. This brings us to the topic of this book: the nationalities of Amsterdam. In November 2007 the Amsterdam newspaper: “Het Parool� published an article informing that Amsterdam out of all cities in the world has the highest number of nationalities living in it of all cities, leaving metro poles like New-York and London behind it. Reading this I was impressed by it but after a few months the extraordinary meaning of this news became clear

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to me. Amsterdam being a city with a population under a million takes a very special place among the other cities ranked in the list of most diverse cities. It is actually the smallest in the top three. Realising this you could of course ask yourself why this is. I guess it has to do with the international history of Amsterdam as a trading capital and the central position of the Netherlands in the western world the last 500 years. But this would all be based on suggestion and since I am not a history or sociology student I was rather more intrigued by the effect this diversity has in Amsterdam culture and in particular visual culture, fashion and personal style. I wondered how I somehow could combine this fact with a project that investigates the influence of the nationalities on Amsterdam culture. The idea that came up immediately was to portray all these nationalities. This would give me


a collection of pictures that is a cross-section of the diversity

more then they think they know. Using my personal network

in Amsterdam. A cross-section would satisfy me because to

and networks on the Internet, I found more and more people

take a picture of all the people in Amsterdam would be not

that were suited to participate in the project: living in Amster-

only undoable but also very confusing for me but also for the

dam and with another nationality.

public. Now the only question was in what form to present these portraits.

The photography of the project is done by several photogra-

The last two years fashion-blogs have become more and more

about 177 portraits being more interesting with some variation

present on the Internet and in my Internet routine. It is really

in style in them. Thinking about the photography for this

interesting for me to see how people all over the world dress

project I went looking for examples. The concept of the project

at any given moment. To make a blog about Amsterdam

is very much a theoretical one. The idea is to portray people

seemed an easy solution. When I however started to think

of all the nationalities in Amsterdam. This kind of photogra-

about this possibility I became convinced that it was not the

phy idea gives not much notion about what the final picture

right medium to portray the city’s diversity. The fashion-blogs

is going to look like. That is actually also not the most impor-

already in existence are very time connected and usually

tant thing since the pictures get their value when you know

(apart from some exceptions like the sartorialist.com) very

the context and see them together. You should have some

poor in photography. To me it seems this is due to the fact that

knowledge about the project to see them in the right perspec-

most pictures are taken in the streets and are solely based on

tive, and if you don’t you should at least start wondering

a person’s outfit. I do want to capture the style of a person but

about what connects them when you see them. Examples of

also his or her environment and their natural posture. I want

this kind of concept based photography are ‘Exactitudes’ from

this because when you are not selecting a person on his outfit

Ari Versluis and stylist Ellie Uyttenbroek. They have collected

you have to, in my opinion, bring more to the picture than

people that are wearing the same style or are representing the

just a registration of the look the person coincidently has that

same group. Photo-notes from Hans Eijkelboom is also made

day. Here fore I thought it would be better to make the pictures

with a concept about what should be pictured rather than who.

with more attention and to present them in a way that is less

They both take a certain look in mind and then take pictures

perishable, namely a portraits book that is durable and an

of everybody that answers to that description.

exhibition that still gives it a connection to the present.

Also I was inspired by a photo project I one time saw in Barcelona: a collection 100 pictures from people in the age

To go back to the people that I am actually portraying it is

from 1 to a 100 years old. Only when these pictured are com-

safe to consider that it is a very coincidental collection of

bined and shown together they become intriguing. This is

people representing their nationality. Keeping in mind that

what I wanted with my project, to use an idea and fill it in

I wanted to investigate the style of Amsterdam I decided that

with pictures that become their value trough their context.

it had to be people that are somehow connected to the visual culture of Amsterdam. The ultimate selection of people there

Expectations:

fore consists of artists, designers, dancers, shop owners and

When I started this project I was hoping or expecting to find

also people that caught my eye in the street, or that I found

a clear proof that the cultural diversity of Amsterdam has a

through friends and contacts. This brings me to another very

big influence on how people dress. I thought that a certain

nice aspect of the book. After doing this I am convinced that

Amsterdam style would be found when comparing all of the

everybody in Amsterdam knows everybody or at least a lot

portraits and interviews. It seemed to me that it would be

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phers, this had to do with practicality but also with my idea


logical that if all these cultures live together among such

Robson from Brazil:

a small amount of people they must influence each other.

‘I don’t think that the culture has been influenced because

Also I was hoping that the portraits would somehow interact

each culture is very closed and the cultures don’t seem to mix.’

with certain prejudices people might have about nationalities. By searching people reasonably randomly I hoped not

Julian from USA:

to portray clichés. The portraits could have the ability to

‘Amsterdam is a group first, culture second, type of place,

surprise the person that looks at them. By portraying people

as any real city type of place is. So, I think that most people

active in the cultural scene of Amsterdam I also wanted to

stick with their crew and do their thing.’

show that involvement in a culture is key to integrate. I do not think that everybody should integrate in the sense some

Brian, Irish:

politicians want them to. For me integration is about finding

‘I’m not sure I am highly influenced by Dutch culture. I do feel

your place in a social structure and adding something to this

like an outside observer most of the time but I’ve never lived

that makes you happy and the whole social structure more

so close to so many different cultures before.’

divers and liveable. So I did have some idealistic thoughts when starting this project. The news about the diversity of

Jason, Great Britain:

Amsterdam and my total astonishment about the atmosphere

‘Amsterdam is not as integrated, as that number (177) seems

in the city and the overwhelming offer of art, fashion and

to suggest in my opinion.’

culture in the city made me want to see a connection. Actually I was convinced of this connection, so the project

This actually doesn’t completely correspond with my expecta-

also became a personal campaign to promote this idea among

tions. Reading the interviews I came across another thing

all my friends and contacts and to show them how special and

though; in spite of people thinking that the cultures don’t

needed this diversity is.

mix very clearly with each other or their own culture, they

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do indicate that the sole fact that there are so many nationaliFindings:

ties present in Amsterdam influences them. In most interviews

After two months of taking portraits and doing interviews

the freedom to express yourself in Amsterdam was praised.

with over 40 nationalities one would expect that one could

I think people with another nationality in Amsterdam seem

start forming an opinion. I have to emphasise for a start,

to see themselves more as individuals than representatives for

40 individuals is nothing compared to the 8.00.000 people

their country.

that live in Amsterdam. However, I am convinced now that Amsterdam is indeed a very diverse city and that everybody

Pedro, Portuguese:

that lives in it experiences it as such, more or less. Reading

‘I quite like the idea there are no standards for the way you

the interviews, one thing was very striking. Most participants

think or you dress.’

of the project are aware that there are a lot of nationalities in Amsterdam (although mostly they are not aware of the exact

Marion, French, Swiss, Australian:

number) but they don’t seem to experience a huge crossover

‘In Amsterdam, you have the freedom to be whoever you want

between them. When asked if the Dutch influences them or

to be and to show it.’

any other nationality in particular presented in Amsterdam they usually couldn’t pinpoint it.

Sebastiaan, Dutch Chinese heritage: ‘I think it (Amsterdam’s diversity) broadened the boarders of tolerance.’


Could it be that Amsterdam attracts all those nationalities

Ways to perceive this book:

because of the individuality you are free to have here? I would

Now that I have explained how the book was made en what

say yes, cities like Amsterdam give room for many variations

it brought me, I should explain for who it was meant and how

of expression because of the diversity. Speaking from my own

it can be perceived. First of all I have to say that this book

experience, I can say that living in Amsterdam releases one

does not contain all the different nationalities that live in

from any group strain. When living in Amsterdam (and before

Amsterdam. It is a collection of people that were found from

in Barcelona) I feel totally free to wear what ever I want.

the beginning of June until the end of July 2008. It’s is collec-

The things I do eventually wear are rather confined by my

tion that represent a phase in a project that will run until it is

personality than my surroundings. When asked for their

finished. Finished meaning the completion of the collection.

clothing style the participants respond different. Some didn’t

This collection will be made out of portraits and interviews

change a thing, another became more casual, relaxed and

with all nationalities that live in Amsterdam. In November

others became more extravagant. Communal factor is that

2007 this number was set at 177. It is impossible to say now

all answered they feel completely free to wear whatever they

when the collection is going to be finished and if the number

want. By some Amsterdam is not seen as the most fashion

of nationalities represented in Amsterdam will still be same at

forward city in the world but everything is allowed at least.

the time of completion. Therefore the title is ‘177 nationalities’.

This freedom of expression is something everyone cares for

The portraits in this book are arranged by name rather than

and it should be sustained according to most and even is

country. This is because for me the individual was more

in danger according to a few. I don’t necessarily share this

important in spite of the fact that I have picked them based

view of the Amsterdam (Dutch) liberal culture being in acute

on their nationality. Another advantage this brings according

danger. Especially after doing this research that showed that

to me is that you leaf trough the book without immediately

everyone I talked to still enjoys this freedom.

knowing where somebody is from. Thanks to the title and a nationality. Looking at the pictures and the names you can

ence the culture and style of Amsterdam? Maybe not as

now ask yourself where the person is from for example.

I expected. I am however convinced that Amsterdam would

All kinds of questions can arise when looking at the pictures.

not be the same without this fact. The diversity forms Amster-

The combination of text and image will tell you a story each

dam culture and Amsterdam culture forms the diversity.

page. A story can be formed after reading and observing the

All the people in this book cooperated solely because I asked

book all together. Rather than forcing the reader to a conclu-

them too; I wasn’t able to offer them anything except my

sion, I would much rather have that everyone forms his or her

interest in them because of a need that formed starting this

own conclusion or opinion. Additionally, I hope a little bit of

project. They are all friends of mine, friends of friends, found

the inspirational journey I have made through Amsterdam,

through other connections or just encountered in the street.

including meeting and portraying all these people that have

The will to cooperate found in almost all of them made me

been so open to me purely because I asked them to, can be felt

realise, next to the things I was expecting that became true

after closing this book.

more or less, that in spite of the fact that we may not feel that the cultures are mixed we might feel this because it is already and inevitably so.

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introduction you already know that each one of them represent So does the fact that Amsterdam has 177 nationalities influ-


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Betul Age: 24 Nationality: Turkish, Dutch Occupation: Student In Amsterdam: 24 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? I live still at home with my parents. I have three sisters and one brother. I am studying and working. I want to be a pedagogue. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Watch football games, listen to music, hanging out with

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friends and investigate things.


Brain Heylin Age: 27 Nationality: Irish Occupation: Games Programmer In Amsterdam: 2,5 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam?

Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture

I liked the atmosphere and the relaxed feel of the city, and now

or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam?

I can’t leave as I love the bike as transport and I’m used to the

I’m not sure am I highly influenced by Dutch culture, I do feel like

no bullshit attitude of Irish people, the Dutch have a very similar

an outside observer most of the time but I’ve never lived so close

humor and no-nonsense attitude and that’s important to me.

to so many different cultures before. Ireland is very isolated from the world culturally, it has it’s own culture but as a country it is

What do you like to do in Amsterdam?

only now, in the past decade, getting used to people actually

Home recording and writing music, and at the moment I am

wanting to move there rather then leave. For example living in

making my first homebrew game with another guy in Ireland.

a mostly Turkish/Moroccan/African community gives some interesting perspectives on the world, which I find, are related

What do you think of Amsterdam street culture,

to Irelands history with England in a lot of ways.

how the people dress, express themselves? In shops I see a lot of the same kind of clothing. Generally I think

Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures

people here could take more risks in the way they dress.

are represented in Amsterdam?

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I didn’t know the figures, but Amsterdam is certainly a mixed Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and

culture city that certainly brings with it an increased tolerance of

because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons

the unknown compared to any cities I’ve lived in before. To me

or practical reasons such as weather or availability.

Amsterdam and New York are relatives in a lot of ways; they both

On a practical level Ireland and the Netherlands are the same

consider themselves separate and different to the country that

weather-wise so no change in fashion there; don’t plan outdoor

contains them, this brings the famed arrogance to both cities but

events without a backup plan. I find Dutch women in general

also their unique character.

more concerned with fashion than Irish women, which can be a good thing and a bad thing. I find one big difference is that Dutch women are more confident with being natural and not hiding under layers of make up and fake tan etc. And I’m still getting used to the clean look (pink shirts, slicked long blond hair) that most Dutch men have, there just isn’t enough scruffy guys with beards over here :D.


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Christian Degen Age: 29 Nationality: German Occupation: Graphic designer In Amsterdam: 1 year

Why did you move to Amsterdam? Love. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Building up my company, playing football in Westerpark, cycling through town and areas around Amsterdam, going out for dinner, especially with my girlfriend. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? For sure the most interesting town in the Netherlands, sometimes cool, sometimes boring, Dutch people are not the most fashionable people. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability.

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Before I moved to Amsterdam I lived in Barcelona so I wear more warm clothes now. Also, since I live here, I have more meetings with clients and because of this I wear more nice shirts. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? Maybe I am, it is difficult to say now, but afterwards I can probably say that special things had an influence on me. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? Since my girlfriend is busy with this project I am more aware of it but Amsterdam always has been an international setting for me. So many different people give the town a nice touch, it makes it an attractive city to live in.


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18 / Craig Terence Williams / Welsh, British


Craig Terence Williams Age: 34 Nationality: Welsh, British Occupation: Graphic designer In Amsterdam: 2 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? Job, Wieden+Kennedy. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Cycling, visiting exhibitions, exploring and hanging with my daughter. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? Some cool, some strange and some great. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability. Absolutely not. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture Only for graphic design and arts. I also love the architecture. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? I knew it had a lot but not that many. I think it has always had it’s unique presence in style and culture. Fashion wise it seems to be a bit behind the major cities. I lived in London for 10 years so nothing really surprises me except the rich Dutch guy’s with Pink shirts, army trousers and cowboy boots. I do think there is a rich culture here, the same as in any other major city with a history.

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or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam?


David Golek Nationality: Israeli Occupation: Musician In Amsterdam: Irregularly since 1997

Why did you move to Amsterdam? Why did you move to Amsterdam? Girl friend. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Tango, massage, writing stories. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? As for normal citizens, quite politically correct. As for sport fans of the national team: Fantastic Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability. Yes, mostly because of climate change, and therefore I started to explore new ways for dressing up.

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Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? Not specially. I assume one is always a bit influenced by the place one lives, unconsciously. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? I knew that there are many many cultures in Amsterdam, and this fact is very inspiring. Then you really don’t understand why some countries are at war...I think that everyone in Amsterdam benefits from this fact, both Dutch and foreigners, and this gives an example to the world on how cultures may have differences, but without having to fight one another because of it. Every place has it’s tensions though, in some neighborhoods more than others, but Amsterdam as a whole is rather a success story, in this regard.


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22 / Despina Bampa / Greek


Despina Bampa Age: 31 Country of origin: Greek Occupation: Ballet teacher In Amsterdam: 1 year

Why did you move to Amsterdam? Working and studying. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Following dance lessons, going to concerts. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? It is interesting! You can see many different styles. However, I think that the majority of the people are dressed in a way: ‘I don’t care’. They don’t combine the colors, the materials and the style of their clothes. I have the feeling that they open their closet and they pick up their clothes with blind eyes. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability. and rainy. Not many choices in the way you can dress yourself! Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? Probably yes, but I cannot really specify it. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? I didn’t know. It is amazing! At a certain degree it has influenced the Dutch culture. For example you can eat in so many different restaurants and you can listen to many different kinds of music.

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Yes, it has changed due to practical reasons. It is usually cold


Dimitar Bodurov Age: 28 Nationality: Bulgarian Occupation: Musician In Amsterdam: 4 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? Work and music. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Going to bars. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? Diverse. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability. Yes it changed. Thank GOD there is still no H&M in Bulgaria.. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam?

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I am influenced by the multi-cultural diversity, I feel more like a citizen of the world. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? There are a lot of immigrants who seek a better life, and are badly Integrated into the whole social spectrum, nevertheless they are contributing with a landmark of their own culture to form a new ‘modern’ society.


25 / Dimitar Bodurov / Bulgarian


26 / Franciscus van der Meer / Indonesian, Dutch


Franciscus van der Meer Age: 26 Nationality: Indonesian, Dutch Occupation: Fashion Designer In Amsterdam: 5 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? Creativity (my own as well of the town). What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Hanging out in one of the thousands of bars with my friends. Reading. Searching for shoes and art books in the city. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? I love the freedom everyone takes, koorballen as well as the young creative’s. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability. My style changed because I learned to create a vision on fashion

Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? I am influenced by myself, Parisian and London fashion and my good friends. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? I like the eclectic touch of it all. Especially when things mix. Let’s hope it brings more respect and laisse-faire in the streets.

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for myself as a designer as well as myself as an individual.


28 / Eveline de Boer / Dutch


Eveline de Boer Age: 62 Nationality: Dutch Occupation: Artist In Amsterdam: 42 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? In Amsterdam I felt at home. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? To look for vintage clothing. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? I think there isn’t much of a street culture in Amsterdam; people are very secluded. Everything has to be organized from higher up in order for people to show their faces in the street. Well, you do have the carrier-cycle culture for young parents. People in Amsterdam tend to dress very neutral but there is definitely room to express yourself in clothing. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons My style of clothing didn’t change a lot here; I have always been very extroverted in my clothing. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? I don’t think I am influenced by the Dutch culture; I tend to live my own culture more. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? I think it is amazing, so many cultures in one city!

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or practical reasons such as weather or availability.


30 / Hélène Alti-Diao / Burkinabè, French


Hélène Alti-Diao Age: 29 Nationality: Burkinabè, French Occupation: Export function: customer service In Amsterdam: 5 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? Love!! What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Cycling, going out with friends, eat appeltaart, movies and parties. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? There are many different styles, from very casual to totally funky. They dare to do more with colors than in France, but it isn’t always very stylish; more provocative than anything else actually. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability. Not that much, except that I always have an umbrella in my bag. are more conservative about showing their legs - and in B urkina-Faso even more. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? Not really, although I am now totally addicted to cycling, and convinced that if the whole world would cycle as much as people do in Holland, we will not hear anymore about global warming... Now I really consider my bike as part of myself. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? I’m not surprised, Amsterdam is a great mix of people, that’s what makes Amsterdam so special; very different from the rest of Holland.

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I do not mind wearing mini-skirts now, while in France people


Ijesha Age: 37 Nationality: Nigerian Occupation: Artist In Amsterdam: 34 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? My father is Dutch. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Making music, dancing and singing. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? A little boring but OK, I am here when since I was three so... Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? Yes! Europe is the capital for art and fashion! Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam?

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Great!


33 / Ijesha / Nigerian


34 / Ingunn J贸nsd贸ttir / Icelandic


Ingunn Jónsdóttir Age: 24 Nationality: Icelandic Occupation: Product designer In Amsterdam: For 10 months

Why did you move to Amsterdam?

the same time to survive.

Me and my boyfriend decided to move away from Iceland.

Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture

We wanted to go to a new place to continue our studies and

or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam?

to experience something new. We have been to Amsterdam

It is difficult for me to judge how the different cultures have

on a vacation and liked the city a lot. Though Iceland is a

influenced me. But one example that I can mention is the

big country, it has very few inhabitants and Iceland is very

food. I eat different food here, more fries, herring and stroop-

isolated. In my opinion it is very important for everyone to try

wafels than at “home”. I now have a poffertjes pan and I bake

to live somewhere else than at home. It widens your under-

them from time to time. And it is not all Dutch food I eat.

standing on so many things.

Since I moved here I have also tasted very good food from different countries. The diversity here makes it possible

What do you like to do in Amsterdam?

to get to know people from everywhere and their culture.

I like to go to museums and exhibitions, concerts and to the markets. They are a source of inspiration for me, places

Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are

to gather energy from. Dappermarkt is my favorite market.

represented in Amsterdam?

There I feel like a citizen of the world.

I knew that there were a lot of nationalities here. For example I heard about a small neighborhood where about a hundred

What do you think of Amsterdam street culture,

languages are spoken. I want to live there.

In shops I see a lot of the same kind of clothing. Generally I think people here could take more risks in the way they dress. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability. I more often buy my clothes at markets than in shops. But I cannot say that this has changed my style. Still I think I have a more relaxed attitude here towards my style than in Iceland. There I more often wore high heels and fancy dresses. Also I have to say that in December it was very cold for me here in Amsterdam and then I had to wear all my clothes at

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how the people dress, express themselves?


Jason Adam Fulton Age: 37 [dammit!!] Nationality: Londoner, British Occupation: Nike Change Agent In Amsterdam: 6 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam?

Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture

To work for Nike, & get the hell out of London for a while.

or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? What I appreciate about AMS, is the immediacy of everything.

What do you like to do in Amsterdam?

If you commit to doing something, [event-hopping/socializing]

Hanging out with mates...dj-ing when I can in Amsterdam,

it’s easy to do in AMS...LDN, was a nightmare!

people watching, gotta see events...just gotta. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures What do you think of Amsterdam street culture,

are represented in Amsterdam?

how the people dress, express themselves?

Amsterdam is not as integrated, as that number seems to sug-

Followers, most of the trends picked up on are at least 9 months

gest in my opinion. It has a long way to go, to make cultures feel

behind London. There are fashionably few, who are on it, with

that they can flourish, without feeling alienated & ostracized.

a London, or Stockholm style, but generally, people in Amsterdam play it VERY safe. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability.

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Amsterdam has not affected my style. I’ve always been an individual & I still prefer to look at London, Paris or NYC rather than AMS.


37 / Jason Adam Fulton / Londoner, British


38 / Jimmy Rage / Jamaica


Jimmy Wordsworth Rage Age: 16 Nationality: Jamaican Occupation: Artist, poet, musician, performer, father. In Amsterdam: Too long

Why did you move to Amsterdam?

Ironically most cultures, at least the Dutch, haven’t a clue

Rest and being able to be and become an artist.

as to what shape its fashion is in, simply because people are so bizzy copying and imitating what they see in cheap maga-

What do you think of Amsterdam street culture,

zines as such the emphasis is on being the same..

how the people dress, express themselves? Basically copying what they see in magazines. Real street

Of course, the obvious persist, the seasons summer fall

culture comes from a need to express one’s self and from

winter spring, one wears wool cashmere and scarves in

a place where one has no money, here it is different, folks

bright hues, the seasons they change with the favourite

have enough money to do and become what they see in

colours, and summer shorts or linen or cotton, to even silk.

magazines. Of course there are exceptions but by a large

For myself I have always dressed with the season simply

there is simply the herd mentality… Following each other..

because of practical reasons, in winter its cold and wet, and in summer its dry and hot, one has to wear clothes that

Did your style of clothing changed since you live here,

keeps one warm and cool. I have my favourite designers or

and because of what, these can be emotional, cultural

my favourite mode of expression, mixing the old with the new

reasons or and practical reasons such as weather or

and the contemporary, keeping the basics strong and the

availability?

frivolous things like scarves and gloves to a minimal, saving

My style of clothing has changed and improved due partly

money for the shoe/boots or a good coat..

clothes can be found somewhere else. Growing up is also

Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture

part of it, as one shapes ones own self image then it be-

or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam?

comes apparent that yesterdays fashion does not apply with

No, rather the question should be, is Dutch culture influ-

today’s looks and vice versa, simple. Supply and demand and

enced by other cultures in Amsterdam, that answer is yes,

the demand is always greater than supply thus, one shapes

enormously and with greater degrees of hilarity, by this

ones own identity, based on self image and self projection

I mean that city culture as it were always, by and large tend

and inflection and reflection. Music is also and influence;

to absorb all the small eco cultures that exists in the city.

music videos tend to show the latest and trendiest.. Whether

The dominant culture then functions as a sort of house and

we wear the clothes or not is up to us. As for the notion of

the different rooms function as the types of culture in that

cultural reasons. not really, it is rather to shape culture to put

house where all is there and mixed up, by this I mean on any

ones own individual edge or stamp on culture...

given day one can find a Palestinian / Arabic head scarf

I have been fortunate to be sponsored early by a few compa-

wrapped around the neck of some ‘nederhop’, ‘wigger’, they

nies that scouted me for their brand and was able to shape

come in black and white and red and white and black and

what kinds of clothes they put out for style conscious folks.

ochre. Somewhere somehow that scarf has made it across

Writing about it now seems awkward and my whole intent

lines of culture and on the street, and on the necks of the

then and now is to look at all aspects of the city as a lifestyle

many, that is but one example. By this I mean the house has

cycle, where ones routine and work and lounging influences

rooms not yet opened or explored. What started out as a

what one wears and where one goes, or even lives, and eats..

political statement has become fashion.

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financial forces or sponsorship choices or simple that better


During the sixties and seventies these scarves were worn

Amsterdam as a city is influenced by the many openness

by anarchists to protect their identities, while throwing stones

of all that is dwelling in it. Rather than thinking of it as influ-

or Molotov cocktails, or by heads of state to show their

encing us, we influence it by our own self expression, and our

national identity..

own dreaming to express it on the catwalk that is the streets, that is cosmopolitanism.

The culture of the city as we know it is constantly turning itself over and out influencing the dominant by setting the

It is important not to think of the culture of the city as an

trend of supply and demand. The European way of dressing

influential fabric on its people, rather it is a fabric from which

is a mish mash of all the cultures of the world. On any given

many people create their own identities, through living wor-

day one can find clothes from Tibet, mixed with clothes from

king eating dressing, it is the backdrop from which to spring,

America, and Amsterdam, topped off with a Balkan hat...

projecting and invention, there is no set rule in the book,

so to speak. I guess what I am saying is that while one lives

no set ways to be and become. The streets itself see and

and dwells in Amsterdam, its ecosystem of eating and dress

breathe and speak in languages not yet written down, not yet

is always fast forwarding to be inclusive and exclusive, and

photographed not yet seen, yet it’s there teaming amidst all

that is always independent of Dutch culture itself, rather

the traditional, and the practical, the holy and the ugly.

rooted in city culture..

What is the day is tomorrows night and the night is always

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influenced by what isn’t there in the day...dus. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented? Yes, I knew that simply from understanding the vast dynamics of city life and the ecosystem of city life. Again it’s a matter of measuring ones own space and how one navigates it with the help of others. By this I mean I believe that


Julian M. Lynn Age: 30 Nationality: American Occupation: Selling clothes, kicks and art; Photographer and film video director. In Amsterdam: leagally or illegally ;)?

Why did you move to Amsterdam?

Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture

I met a girl. Now its my shop, wolf and pack.

or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? I think that there is a change happening in Dutch culture on

What do you like to do in Amsterdam?

a massive level right now. I don’t know what they want it to be

I work 7 days a week. So, my work is my hobby and life.

or is anymore. Closing the coffee shops, the red light almost

I drink sometimes too, I think that’s a hobby if you do it enough.

gone. I am influenced by my instincts and the options that

I also like to collect miniature toy houses that take me months

the people I trust see as being possible. I believe in a better

and months to make, but then I burn them, and film it like its

tomorrow, and I believe in myself.

a disaster movie. I am using this footage to help prove 9/11 was a inside job, all my toy houses are made of steel.

Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? I think that it is lost on most people. Amsterdam is a group

how the people dress, express themselves?

first, culture second type of place, as any real city type of place

I think that I like that people like what I sell, and that we’re

is. So, I think that most people stick with their crew and do their

still here doing our thing with wolf and pack. but I don’t think

thing. But in the end, I go to this place called burrito that serves

about Amsterdam street culture much, cause that’s like thinking

Mexican food, but he is from Egypt, I guess that has something

about your life, and most people don’t do that too often.

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What do you think of Amsterdam street culture,

Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability. I have always been Julian. To a fault at times.

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44 / Kate Dickens / New Zealandic


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46 / Kristine Hymøller / Danish


Kristine Hymøller Age: 36 Nationality: Danish Occupation: Artist In Amsterdam: 8 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? To study at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Art, music, Galleries, food and Bars. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? Great, in the sense that people use a lot of colour and mix styles much more than in Denmark. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability. I guess living in another country will always influence you.

or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? I like to look at all cultures and sort of mix it a bit, but Dutch I don’t know. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? I did know that..., well in a way, as I said, I think people mixes their style of clothing more here. I think I see a lot of people dress kind of awful and great at the same time, which I think is the tendency of a big city. Amsterdam is a small city with a big city spirit.

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49 / Najam Murad Kahn / Pakistani


Magdalena Ptasznik Age: 27 Nationality: Polish Occupation: Sociologist, choreography student In Amsterdam Over 1 year

Why did you move to Amsterdam? The school I wanted to study at is situated here.

Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? My environment here is really international. If I’m influenced

What do you like to do in Amsterdam?

by something that would be the fact of mixing cultures rather

Drinking coffee in nice places, visiting markets.

than one of them in particular.

What do you think of Amsterdam street culture,

Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are

how the people dress, express themselves?

represented in Amstredam?

It’s really a second hand culture. This circulation of things,

I see it’s very multicultural. I hardly know any Dutch. The city

not only clothes, really surprised me. People don’t dress too

it diverse. As a foreigner you don’t have to fit the norm.

elegant, and this I like. It’s really relaxed.

But I’m sure it’s so easy to say that if you are here as a student, not so easy if you are for example an economical emigrant.

Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability. Yes, It changed a bit. Mainly because of lack of money.

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Before I was buying more clothes. Now as I have to pay the school I have to recycle my clothes on and on. And also, I started to use found and second hand clothes. There are two more things. First, most of my time I spend in training clothes, often I’m too lazy and tired to change. Second, my life became quicker, the clothes decisions must be fast also.


51 / Magdalena Ptasznik / Polish


52 / Maja Markovic / Serbian, Greek


Maja Markovic Age: 23 Nationality: Serbian and Greek Occupation: Decorator,stylist, creative allrounder In Amsterdam: 23 yars

Why did you move to Amsterdam? My father’s company moved to Amsterdam, and so did we. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Dancing, going to exhibitions and cycling. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? There’s a huge young scene that is very expressive in their style. It seems like this scene’s growing bigger and bigger. With media like youtube and myspace people are presenting themselves much more, so you now notice how much talents are actually wandering around. They’re dancing, singing, making theater, there’s a lot of creativity going around. It’s alive! Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons Well I came here at the age of four, so I don’t remember my style before. But I do think that living in Amsterdam has opened my eyes on the possibilities of different styles, because of all these different trends passing by. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? I’m not sure if me being upfront is because of my Serbian background or me living in Amsterdam. But I’m very direct and that is in other countries usually recognized as something Dutch. I’m influenced by some cultures like the Surinam one, they have good parties, and their laidbackness can inspire me. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? I knew this, cause you told me ;) but I think it has influenced Amsterdam a lot! You notice it in the attitude of people, in the street language, in a big variety of dance styles, clothing styles, music. You have a lot of different food shops. This all is good for any city, it makes a city versatile and inspiring, as long as everyone respects each other it’s a very good thing!

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or practical reasons such as weather or availability.


Marc Andrews Age: 30 Nationality: Swiss, British Occupation: Graphic Design In Amsterdam: 2 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam?

Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture

After living in Nijmegen and Utrecht for a couple of years

or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam?

I thought it was time for a city. I am now building up my own

I like wearing ‘klompen’...just joking.

graphic design studio with a friend in the city center. I love it, Amsterdam forms a good base.

Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam?

What do you like to do in Amsterdam?

Yes, I knew and it’s a good fact about Amsterdam. It makes

Riding the bike through the streets, going to expositions,

it a special place, this high density of cultures on a limited space.

going out, working.

Amsterdam is less Dutch than other cities here in the Netherlands, that makes it unique.

What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? I like Amsterdam’s street culture and watching all different kind of people; it is very multi cultural. Well dressed people; funky, groovy and experimental. I think the variety in clothes also comes because of all the foreign youngsters invading Amsterdam for

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holiday. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability. No. Just my collection of tracksuit tops exploded.


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Marion Lecesne Age: 30 Nationality: French, Swiss, Australian Occupation: Brand Manager In Amsterdam: 2,5 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? To be in a city where I felt that I could be me. I first was 5 years in Utrecht (which I moved to for studies and a relationship). What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Surfing, dancing, cycling, markets, being on the boat What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? Amsterdam street culture is an established and sophisticated mix of personalities. Rotterdam in comparison is raw and real. In Amsterdam, you have the freedom to be whoever you want to be and to show it. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability.

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I started to care less about what others thought of what I wore, I kept true to myself. Amsterdam gave me the space to breath and create my own style. I also wear more trousers as I travel constantly by bike.


57 / Marion Lecesne / French, Swiss, Australian


58 / Michelle Gauci / Australian


Nayla Chebli-Hausdorfer Age: 37 Country of origin: Lebanese Occupation: Arabic language and belly dance teacher In Amsterdam: 8 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam?

Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture

I married a Dutchman.

or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? Of course I am influenced by Dutch culture: I now eat sand-

What do you like to do in Amsterdam?

wiches for lunch, I have dinner at 18:00 during the week, I try

Cycling and belly dance.

to be on time for my appointments, I only go to the hairdresser to get a haircut once every couple of months instead of getting

What do you think of Amsterdam street culture,

a brushing once a week, I don’t get a manicure and a pedicure

how the people dress, express themselves?

as often as I used to, and list goes on...

I think that it’s very diverse; from very modern to very conservative, from super stylish to super unstylish. I find that the Dutch

Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are

woman is taking less care of her looks and her femininity in

represented in Amsterdam?

order to express emancipation and that the ‘foreign’ woman is

I didn’t know that so many cultures are represented in

becoming more attached to her origins and trying to show that

Amsterdam. I find that it’s influencing the food and drinks

with the way she dresses.

being offered in supermarkets and in restaurants which are Amsterdam people are now expecting and requiring more

because of what, these can be emotional, cultural reasons

diversity in food and better service. It’s affecting programs

or and practical reasons such as weather or availability?

being offered during cultural events, festivals, theatres and

Yes my style of clothing has changed since I live here. It has

concerts. It is affecting people’s hobbies and interests like

become much more casual: I now wear jeans and flat shoes

for example learning belly dance, flamenco, capoeira, learning

about 95% of the time. This has to do with practical and

foreign languages and travelling to the countries where the

cultural reasons: because I cycle a lot I cannot wear a skirt

people around you come from...

or a dress or very high heels. The cultural reason is: much less encounters with friends and family, almost no formal social events to attend, and people around me are always dressed casual.

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becoming much more diverse and quality oriented. Actually Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and


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61 / Nayla Chebli-Hausdorfer / Lebanese


62 / Ola Vasiljeva / Latvian


Ola Vasiljeva Age: 27 Country of origin: Latvian Occupation: Artist In Amsterdam: 8 months

Why did you move to Amsterdam? For an art residence at the rijksacademy. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Parks, friends and movies. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? I think it’s pretty much the same as in other Dutch cities. There might be more tourists here and more of the extravagant groups, but for the rest I don’t feel much of a difference. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what, these can be emotional, cultural reasons or and practical reasons such as weather or availability? I think it changed a little maybe. I feel more confident about whatever I wear, but I am not sure if the reason for that is the

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big city, or just the fact that I like it here a lot. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? I am influenced by the cycling culture a lot :). Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? I thought there were many more actually..


Pedro da Silva Morgado Age: 32 Nationality: Portuguese Occupation: Sourcing In Amsterdam: 5,5 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? Love and adventure!!

Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? In many cases, yes I was influenced by the Amsterdam culture

What do you like to do in Amsterdam?

(if there is only one‌) on the way people work and expose their

Biking, traveling and running.

points of view and enjoy life.

What do you think of Amsterdam street culture,

Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are

how the people dress, express themselves?

represented in Amsterdam?

I find myself very much at ease in amsterdam because people

Yes, I knew that there were more than 150 nationalities. I believe

respect my individuality (and that’s important to me). I quite like

this has a huge influence on the Amsterdam culture; the more

the idea that there are no standards for the way you think or

I travel around Holland, the more i see how different (for better

dress; just do it the way you like it and appreciate the value of

and for worse) Amsterdam is from the rest of the country in

mixed cultures.

terms of the cultural mix and open mentality. Anyway, i also think that there is still a lot of room to improve the benefits of a mix

Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what, these can be emotional, cultural reasons or and practical reasons such as weather or availability?

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I changed a lot in the way I dress (ask my friends) because I could finally express myself through clothing without being judged as a stereotype what people immediately do when you do not share what the majority does.

cultured society as Amsterdam.


65 / Pedro da Silva Morgado / Portuguese


66 / Puneet Seistani / Indian, Dutch


Puneet Seistani Age: 26 Country of origin: Indian, Dutch Occupation: Businessman In Amsterdam: Since 26 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? I was born here. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? My work is my only hobby and passion. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? Amsterdam is full of cultures. Every culture has its own way of dressing. So in short they have a stylish sort of dressing sense. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? I love my culture. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? Because amsterdam has so many cultures that you need at least 1 culture to influence the other one and this place has 177 cultures so Amsterdam has its own culture which people come to see and those who migrate here they know what Amsterdam is full of. That’s what i think and i can say.

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Amsterdam being very rich in cultures cannot be influenced.


68 / Q Hisashi Shibata / Japanese


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Q Hisashi Shibata Age: 36 Nationality: Japanese Occupation: Artist In Amsterdam: 7 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? To study. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Playing football. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? It’s casual and easy going. But I miss elegance and extraordinary looking people. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what, these can be emotional, cultural reasons or and practical reasons such as weather or availability? I start not to care about how other people look at my way of dressing. I could wear any kind of easy outfit, but I don’t put in so much effort and don’t spend money for it. On the other hand

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I start to customise it. The weather has affected it a lot. I never wear laser shoes here because the rain. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? Not so much by the Dutch culture. I think Dutch culture is pretty neutral, it does not have a strong colour. But I am influenced by Dutch mentality. They are super individualistic .


71 / Rico / Surinam


72 / Rob Kohnen / Dutch


Rob Kohnen Age: 52 Nationality: Dutch Occupation: IT functional administrator In Amsterdam: 15 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam?

Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture

Because my girlfriend lived here.

or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? Nowadays I am more of a ‘noodles’ fan (we meet at cafe

What do you like to do in Amsterdam?

saarein).

I like to make clothing for myself. I am a volunteer for Greenpeace. Driving my ‘ligfiets’, practising Balkan folk dance.

Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented?

What do you think of Amsterdam street culture,

It is a known fact that there are so many cultures living next

how the people dress, express themselves?

to each other here. People however mostly search for comfort

For a few years it was possible to enjoy the so-called freedom

among their own group, just like me. The confrontation can

here to walk around in fetish clothing. Now I experience to my

be hard, also when you belong to more groups. Sometimes

regret a more normalising attitude from divers populations.

I am afraid that people are unconsciously influenced, without giving any critic, by American examples. Now even my favorite

Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and

art-house cinema is taken over by Pathe. I am insulted even

because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons

there with fragments of violence before the movie I actually

or practical reasons such as weather or availability.

came to see starts. But I still try to place myself in another one’s

I have already found my kind of people before I moved here and

position, even when I see so much unauthencticity.

(or is?) a melting pot for all kind of interests.

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that was very liberating for me. The organization: VSSM was


Robson Petronio Lima Age: 43 Nationality: Brazilian Occupation: Waiter In Amsterdam: 5 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? I wanted to get away from the village in Limburg where I used to live. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Photography, painting. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? Interesting, diverse; sometimes I just think that they have very bad taste. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability. My style has changed. I am more relaxed in the way I dress. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture

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or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? Yes, I have become more open minded related with respect for individual behavior. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? I knew that there are many cultures in Amsterdam. I don’t think that the culture has been influenced because each culture is very closed and the cultures don’t seem to mix.


75 / Robson Petronio Lima / Brazilian


76 / Rosa and her best friend Yenthe / Indonesia and Dutch


Rosa Lekatompessy Age: 11 Nationality: Indonesian, Dutch Occupation: Still going to school In Amsterdam: I was born here.

Why did you move to Amsterdam? My parents did! What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Playing violin, dancing flamenco and horse riding, writing and drawing designing dresses. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? It is funny that there are so many different people and things, it is also interesting because of the different styles; gothic, hippies etc. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability. Now is the moment that I am busy to develop my own style

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and I like it to find my own style. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? Maybe I am, it is difficult to say now, but afterwards I can I like the hair of my friend, she is from Ghana. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? I did not know that it are so many, it is just normal for me. If I was searching for it, it would make me alert on it but now it is just the way it is.


Sebastiaan Duong Age: 37 Nationality: Chinese, Dutch Occupation: Artist, Mingface In Amsterdam: Since 97

Why did you move to Amsterdam? Nice city: gay minded and especially creative and sparkling. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Good food, play tennis and sailing in boats. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? The street culture is very diverse in style. That colorful diversity is very stimulating for designers and envigours the street’s appearance. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability. I don’t really have one style, but I do think that the influences from the street influence my way of dressing. It changed a bit

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but not that much. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? I can’t really say, It’s better to say that I have inherited the Dutch culture: a big amount of friendliness and a healthy down to earth mind. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? I think I broadened the boarders of tolerance. In spite of some very extreme cultures the presence of such a diversity of cultures brings a lot of inspiration, pleasure and joi de vivre.


79 / Sebastiaan Duong / Chinese, Dutch


80 / Shane Shu / Canadian


Shane Shu Age: 32 Nationality: Canadian Occupation: Musician, performer, photographer In Amsterdam: 10 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? To study and for adventure. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? I like to bicycle and walk in the city. I like to go to good restaurants. I like to go out dancing (I never get the chance though). I like to visit expositions, galleries and openings. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? I think people in Amsterdam do what they want and are quite free in the choices that they make. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availMy clothing changed and that had to do with the student culture (I became a member of a student fraternity) and later it changed again due to my interest in my personal style. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? I may be unconsciously influenced by the culture in which I live however I do try to access and make opinions through and with historic background and of course factual evidence. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? I wasn’t aware of the fact that there are 177 cultures represented in Amsterdam. I would assume that Amsterdam has becomes a product of its cultural backgrounds; from street corners to it’s very own borders, from the food we eat to the cars we drive, to the ways in which we communicate. The people become a product of their environment and I think that is truly evident in Amsterdam.

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ability.


82 / Sidney Cruickshank / Surinam


Sidney Cruickshank Age: 24 Nationality: Surinam Occupation: Student European Public Management In Amsterdam: Nearly 24 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? I was born in Amsterdam. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Shopping, go for dinner and clubbing. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? People in Amsterdam look at the newest fashion and are not afraid to experiment with their own interpretation. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? No I am not I just do what I feel like. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented? Off course the culture of Amsterdam is influenced by that many cultures but it is just how you see it and participate in that culture.

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I didn’t knew that there were that many cultures in Amsterdam.


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Sophia de Hoog Age: 16 Nationality: Dutch Occupation: High school student In Amsterdam: 12 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? My family and I were living in Leiden but then my mother wanted to go to the theatre academy in Amsterdam, so we moved here. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Sitting in the vondelpark and make funny movies and edit them. The most I love to go shopping in vintage stores, I can walk around in them for hours. I always find unique clothes and shoes. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? The clothing in Amsterdam is part of the reason I love it here so much. Everybody has a different style and dares to actually wear it! Most people respect each other’s style. I think that is special, you are never bored here because of the different styles. I am almost never afraid to be myself.

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Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability. Yes, it has definitely changed! I am sure that if I had still lived in Leiden I would have looked very different. Amsterdam really inspired me. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? I sure am. I now own certain pieces of clothing that I would have never liked before. Because of Amsterdam I have come to respect more clothing styles. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? Gosh! I didn’t know that! But you can see it everywhere. I think it has happened slowly. First came the restaurants from different cultures and now also shops and clothing. I think the more different people come to Amsterdam, the more influence it has. You can see it everywhere in each case and that makes Amsterdam very cosy and social.


89 / Tamara Vierbergen / Uganda


90 / Tunรง B.Topcuoglu / Turkish


Tunç B.Topcuoglu Age: 32 Nationality: Turkish Occupation: Designer In Amsterdam: 7 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? A Girl. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? Freestyle. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability? Less T Shirts, more scarfs. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? Individuality. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures Yes I knew it. But I don’t think that many dutch people are aware of that. Maybe they are proud with it but they do not use the advantage of it.

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are represented in Amsterdam?


Walid Shahin Age: 28 Country of origin: Egyptian, Dutch, Occupation: Patta & Patta Distribution In Amsterdam: 8/9 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? Study. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Living the life, a doggy life. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? The majority are sheep, sheep that follow... Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what, these can be emotional, cultural reasons or and practical reasons such as weather or availability? Nope. Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam?

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No. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented? Didnt know it was that many but i realise that Amsterdam is a big melting pot every day, you just have to walk out of the door, look at your neigbours, your friends, look at the different stores and food and you know we are multi culti.


93 / Walid Shahin / Egyptian, Dutch


94 / Younes Mracha / Maroccan, Dutch


Younes Mracha Age: 29 Nationality: Maroccan, Dutch In Amsterdam: 4 years

Why did you move to Amsterdam? To find new challenges and because of work. What do you like to do in Amsterdam? Sports, enjoying, reading, music and theatre. What do you think of Amsterdam street culture, how the people dress, express themselves? Strong and divers. Did your style of clothing changed since you live here, and because of what? These can be emotional, cultural reasons or practical reasons such as weather or availability? I am not aware of any changes but I do think so. Your surroundings do form a part of you... Are you influenced by what you consider Dutch culture or by any other culture represented in Amsterdam? but there are more factors that have influence like the people around you and the time you are living in. Are you aware of the fact that 177 cultures are represented in Amsterdam? I think it has formed Amsterdam now, but also before. De Dutch people are Calvinistic people who think acceptance is most important. This made Amsterdam to what it is now, something unique.

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No, not specifically by Amsterdam, I guess it has it’s influence


96 / About the makers / One hundred seventy-seven nationalities

Laura Hendrix

Janine Den Hartog

After starting audiovisual media at the Utrecht school of the

Janine den Hartog (Munstergeleen, 1979) studied art at the

arts (HKU) in 2001 Laura Hendrix (Jabeek, 1983) switched to

HKLS in Sittard from 1998 to 2002. She works as a visual

studying Fashion Design: Communication at the same school.

merchandiser and is also active as an illustrator, painter and

During her studies she examined different territories like trend

photographer. Janine and Laura have been cooperating on

forecasting, filmmaking, photography, illustration, graphic

concepts for the last 8 years. For this projects Janine was very

design, styling and exhibition design. Being interested in the

important for the creative realization and took the pictures on

social context of fashion as a public domain rather than high

pages 10, 18, 28, 44, 64, 69, 72 and 92.

fashion, she always tried to search for the connection between

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society and fashionable expression. Laura is the initiator and organizer of 177 nationalities: Portraits of the most diverse city

Lutz Baumann

in the world. This project is her bachelor project at the HKU.

Lutz Baumann (Kleve, 1980) is now living and studying

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in Amsterdam. He attends the photography department of the Gerrit Rietveld academy. Before this he studied

Christian Degen

autonomous art and photography in Arnhem (HKA),

Christian Degen (Kranenburg, Germany) started to study

The Hague (KABK) and Brussels (Saint Luc). His subject

graphic design in cologne in 1999. During his studies he

matter is the medium specific characteristics of photography,

exchanged Cologne for Utrecht to finish his studies there but

and its framework. Light, reflections, three dimensions

not before he did various internships at for example diertwee

expressed within two. He builds and photographs what

design in Utrecht and going to Barcelona, Spain for an ex-

he calls: ‘Landscapes’. Lutz made the photographs on pages

change program. After his studies he worked at several design

12, 36 42, 66, 70, 80, 82, 84 and 88.

studios in Barcelona and Amsterdam before starting his own

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studio: andrewsdegen in 2007 with his friend Marc Andrews. Christian Degen did all the graphic design for the project.

Marcus Noessing

He made the photographs on pages 24, 34 and 52.

Marcus Noessing (Krefeld, Germany) studied Communi-

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cation Design and photography in Cologne. There he worked for Music-Television WDR, Rockpalast, Deutsche Welle

Niels van Veen

and several film projects. Since 2004 he was working

Niels van Veen (Amsterdam, 1979) is an Amsterdam based

as a freelancer in Barcelona and since 2008 he is based

photographer. Old enough to remember the analog days, he

in Berlin. (He loves to ride a bicycle in Amsterdam).

embraces the new digital techniques but still relies on his old

He made the photographs on pages 14, 16, 22, 26, 30,

school knowledge (and frowns upon those who don’t know

32, 39, 46, 48, 50, 56, 57, 74, 76, 78, 86 and 90.

how to use the manual mode on their camera). Niels is much

www.marcusnoessing.com, info@marcusnoessing.com

involved with the organization of the project and made the pictures on pages 20, 54, 60 and 62. www.nielsvanveen.com, niels@nielsvanveen.com


97 Special Thanks to John Hendrix, Marie-louise Hendrix Follender-Grosfeld, Ruben Hendrix, Daniel Hendrix, Christian Degen, Janine den Hartog, Marc Andrews, Marcus Noessing, Lutz Baumann, Niels van Veen, Noortje Ausems, Els Dekker, Irene Ennen, Anette van Imhof, Annemarie Commandeur, Arie Vervelde, Oka Storms, Marieke Groenen, Stine Jensen, Kirsten van Dam, Sam Colijn, Laurens Koning, Ana Dulce Resende, HKU, Rietveld academy, OBA Amsterdam, Festina Lente, Waldorf And all the people that were so kind to let their picture taken for this project.


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177 Nationalities  

A project of Laura Hendrix depicting the 177 nationalities of Amsterdam