A seasoned dance enthusiast, Jan knows Amsterdam nightlife and the other way round. With his distinctive eclectic style and signature glasses, he’s the colourful character at a bunch of ADE parties this week.
‘Seventeen years ago, I moved here via Cameroon and Paris. I’ve always been making art, ever since I was a kid. First, it was mostly fashion – I customized this sweater when I was a student. Nowadays, I make objects and installations. I love working with precious metals. They’re hard to process and refine, but they have a delicate softness at the same time. As an artist, you’re vulnerable working with them, which makes it even more interesting.
My work is being displayed in various places outside of The Netherlands; gaining a foothold in the Dutch art scene proved to be the most challenging.’
‘My shows always raise questions from the audience. How did I come up with it? Why? What do I mean to say by it? I like to provoke, surprise and sometimes frighten people. I enjoy twisting everyday situations into strange happenings.’
Roaming the streets of Amsterdam, I’ve come across the most intriguing passers-by. And now you can meet them all. From the woman who only wears pink to the man on his crusade against jeans; old and new characters will make their appearance in the Amsterdam Characters book!
‘I’m a vegan, I spend time on yoga and meditation each day and I am open to each person and every experience that comes my way. I try to pay complete attention to morally-responsible choices in my life.’