Featuring: Ernst Coppejans
Curated by: Ernst CoppejansView Location Details Old Fulton Street and Prospect Street
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In collaboration with the Open Mind Foundation, these portraits and stories have been crafted into a magazine as well as a multimedia exhibition that travels through the Netherlands. Antique Pink is included in the collection of the Amsterdam City Archives because these stories are part of our cultural heritage.
Antique Pink is a tribute to LGBTQIA+ elderly. Thanks to the emancipation struggle of the generations before us, LGBTQIA+ people in the Netherlands are almost equal before the law. But that acquired freedom is fragile, and the progress made will not automatically endure.
There is still discrimination and violence against LGBTQIA+ people. Even in 2022, not everyone accepts that love, gender, and sex are fluid. LGBTQIA+ individuals who have struggled for visibility and acceptance throughout their adult lives have been known to sometimes disappear back into the closet once they end up in a care home where they can’t choose who they live with.
It is important — while we still can — to reflect on the rich life experiences of the generations before us. I wanted to capture and share those experiences.
Learning more about this diverse group of people over the age of 70 was a beautiful and interesting journey. Every encounter was enriching — so many moving, happy, inspiring, stunning, crushing, sad, powerful, and sometimes heart-breaking stories were told. Producing this series has made me, as a gay man, even more aware of the strong and courageous shoulders we stand on.
As the creator and producer of Antique Pink, I would like to give a huge thanks to all the fabulous heroes I was allowed to portray and interview. You are seen and your experiences are shared. You are a true source of inspiration for future generations. Because of you there is visibility, and visibility is essential for acceptance.
This is a selection out of the 30 portraits made for this project.
Ernst Coppejans‘s work consists of extensive portrait series in which he pays attention to diversity, inclusiveness, racism, discrimination, and exclusion. He feels particularly close to socially relevant topics, being a gay man himself.
In these projects, the “underdog” is the star. Their strength is a source of inspiration — their story needs to be told.
His work has been showcased at photo festivals, museums, art fairs, and exhibitions in public spaces in the Netherlands and abroad. Coppejans has received multiple awards for his work. His series SOLD — portraits of victims of human trafficking — won first prize in the 2020 LensCulture Portrait Awards, and was acquired by the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool (UK).
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