The Europeans

17 september – 20 september 2020

Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen

This programme is part of the festival Forum on European Culture, 17 – 20 September in Amsterdam.

In their ten-year project “The Europeans (2019-2029)” inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson (Les Européens, 1955), photographer Rob Hornstra and writer-filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen set out to create a contemporary, kaleidoscopic time-piece on the European Heartland.

The exhibition shows a strange continent in full transformation, where ghosts from Europe’s past loom as nationalism is on the rise. Hornstra and van Bruggen will offer a special preview to this project in its early beginnings, by exhibiting a handpicked selection of photography and video footage during the Forum, in the foyer of de Balie. By looking beyond national expressions of identity or local customs in individual countries, the artists explore some those European parables and tropes in its people, its architecture and its landscape.

Come by, meet Europeans from all over the continent and get to know their stories!

Take a look at the artists’ immersive online space here.