donderdag 19 november 2009

the Oldest Sex Cinema Red Light District Amsterdam Jan-Dirk van der Burg Photography

Foam_3h: Jan-Dirk van der Burg - Sex Cinema Venus
10 november 2009 t/m 16 december 2009

In Foam_3h Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam exhibits Sex Cinema Venus by Jan-Dirk van der Burg. Sex Cinema Venus is the oldest sex cinema in the Red Light District of Amsterdam, which will soon disappear as a result of the city council’s regeneration plans. Using a slide show and several single photographs Van der Burg portrays the stories that take place behind the doors of this particular cinema.

One can continuously hear the characteristic sound of the Super 8 projectors on the Oudekerksplein in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. Every quarter of an hour Ton Grootes, the owner of Sex Cinema Venus, single-handedly changes the Super 8 rushes containing porn films from the Seventies. Soon the appearance of the Red Light District will change dramatically. The expectation is that the city council of Amsterdam will issue a compulsory purchase note to the sex cinema and will stimulate high-end commercial developments in its place. For the time being a new programme of porn films is shown each week for the few loyal customers.

Dutch photographer Jan-Dirk van der Burg is fascinated by day-to-day life. His work shows people engaged in exceptional hobbies and activities. For one of his earlier series Office Culture (2004) he photographed offices where people work who stay away from modern innovations as much as possible. In Toys for Boys (2009) he shows male adults playing with miniature vehicles. His work contains nostalgia as well as a subtle irony towards the subjects that he portrays.

Jan-Dirk van der Burg (b. 1978, Voorburg) graduated in 2003 at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in The Hague. Since then he has been working as a photographer and has exhibited at Breda Photo (2003), Epson Fotofestival Naarden (2005) andDescubrimientos Photo Espana (2007, Madrid). He also works free-lance for publications such as Het Parool, Adformatie,and Quote. His work has been published in Volkskrant Magazine,Vrij Nederland, NRC Next and Nieuwe Revu.

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