Why white HOME letters in the windowsill, why would you camouflage a wheelie bin? Why are telephone masts disguised as trees? Why? Saturday 2nd July Jan Dirk van der Burg presents his view on our country in his book Typical Dutch. The exhibition will be on show at the Nederlands Fotomuseum until 30 October.
Typical Dutch cheerfully rejects the idea that the Netherlands is ordinary. Counterexamples range from polder Buddhism to disguised wheelie bins and the ingenuity of the low-maintenance front garden. This book presents witty reflections and a unique view of the everyday. After leafing through the book, you’ll never again look at your surroundings in the same way. At every street corner you’ll stop and wonder: Why?
Typical Dutch shows what the Netherlands looks like, a country in which the urge to stand out and the urge to belong fight for precedence. In recent years Jan Dirk van der Burg known from newspaper NRC and Volkskrant, who is also ‘Fotograaf des Vaderlands’ (Photographer of the Netherlands), travelled the country to capture it in pictures. Typical Dutch bundles Van der Burg’s remarkable photo series into a bizarre portrait of a country that considers itself very ordinary. If you think you know the Netherlands, buy this book. Also available in Dutch: Typisch Nederland
about the exhibition
In 2018, Jan Dirk van der Burg was elected Fotograaf des Vaderlands (‘national photographer’). In the Fall of 2022, he will hand over his title to a new photographer. To conclude his tenure, the Nederlands Fotomuseum presents a retrospective exhibition of the extraordinary photography oeuvre he has built over the past 3 years. Typical Dutch shows what the Netherlands looks like. Van der Burg turns his remarkable photo series into a bizarre portrait of a country that considers itself so normal.
With Typical Dutch, the Nederlands Fotomuseum presents a humoristic reflection on the extraordinary everyday life of the Dutch photographer Jan Dirk van der Burg. What did he encounter in the Netherlands over the past few years? What does the Netherlands look like?