The project Sistaaz of the Castle is a collaboration of Jan Hoek (1984) and Duran Lantink (1987) with SistaazHood, an organisation for trans sex workers in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Sistaaz are fierce activists - proud to be trans, proud of their work and even prouder of their great sense of style.
Together they created a series of photographs and a fashion collection based on the girls’ appearance and their ability to turn whatever they find into the most exuberant outfits.
For Galerie Fleur & Wouter Jan selected sixty photos from the series and printed these on ceramic tiles measuring 15 x 15 cm. They can be bought through the gallery for €50,- each.
With the proceeds of the sales, Jan, Duran and the Sistaaz want to realise a long cherished dream: a fashion show in Cape Town.
Jan Hoek (1984) is artist and writer. In his work he is always attracted to the beauty of outsiders worldwide and always keen to collaborate intensively with people that normally are overlooked and create together a new image. He photographed movie stars like Nairobi based motor taxi riders, a Amsterdam based ex heroine addict who always dreamed of being a super model, created psychedelic zines about the sex tourist capital of the world Pattaya, and made a serie about the Maasai who do not identify with the jumping stereotype image. In the universe of Hoek the ‘normal’ people are the strangers and the outsiders are the funky rulers of this planet.Hoek‘s work is shown at places such as Foam (Amsterdam), Unseen Festival (Amsterdam), Photoville (New York), Fomu (Antwerp) and Lagos Photo (Lagos).
Portrait of Jan together with team members Wieger Windhorst and Bruin Parry