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JDL Dancing in a Whirlwind of Documents in Amsterdam

JDL Dancing in a Whirlwind of Documents in Amsterdam

Everywhere you look today it seems like there is a storm of papers and forms for you to complete – you may even feel like this Surinamese ballerina dancing in a whirlwind of official documents in Leidseplein, Amsterdam.

JDL. Diversity in bureaucracy. Leidseplein, Amsterdam. (photo © Leander Varekamp)

Aside from the annoyance, sometimes it is weaponized to deny people what they deserve as appears to be the Dutch case, as reported last year by NL.com “Over 11 thousand Netherlands citizens with dual nationality were subject to stricter inspections by the Tax Authority than other Dutch people.” In other words – those who were not born there were targeted for denied opportunities.

The topic drives this new mural by JDL, who chose a ballerina because she observed how few persons of color make it into the arts as well, and she wonders about those same prejudices at work in other forms of bureaucracy.

JDL. Diversity in bureaucracy. Leidseplein, Amsterdam. (photo © Leander Varekamp)

“The Netherlands has come a long way, but there is still a lot of work to do,” she says. “This piece is a small reminder and dedication to keep dancing in bureaucracy. With awareness comes change, and by constantly addressing the issue we will collectively walk towards a brighter, more equal future.” 

This project was realized with the contributions of: Yourban2030, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Airlite, Won Yip and Humberto Tan. 

Jelisa van Schijndel (Dancer, model)

JDL. Diversity in bureaucracy. Leidseplein, Amsterdam. (photo © Leander Varekamp)
JDL. Diversity in bureaucracy. Mural’s dedication. Leidseplein, Amsterdam. (photo © Leander Varekamp)
JDL. Diversity in bureaucracy. Leidseplein, Amsterdam. (photo © Leander Varekamp)
JDL. Diversity in bureaucracy. Leidseplein, Amsterdam. (photo © Leander Varekamp)
JDL. Diversity in bureaucracy. Leidseplein, Amsterdam. (photo © Leander Varekamp)
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JDL Reaches Out at Amsterdam Central Station

JDL Reaches Out at Amsterdam Central Station

When you are in trouble, reach out!  You don’t have to do it alone. That is the sentiment you may think of when regarding this new mural by JDL (Judith de Leeuw) in Amsterdam.

The three frame story reads like stills in an animation, with two hand gradually getting closer to one another, loosely wrapped in bandage.

JDL. “Closer in distance”. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (photo courtesy of the artist)

Intended as a temporary placeholder for the new HIV/AIDS monument that will be installed soon at Amsterdam Central Station, JDL says that she’s depicting the relationships between people who are ill and their loved ones.

“Illness often isolates, but also brings people closer together,” says the artist. “This piece is a symbol and a celebration of the love that grows at the edge of the abyss.”

The three separate frames will be placed around the station at the projects’ end.

JDL would like to thank her assistant painter on this project, James Jetlag.

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No Barriers Dismantle Themselves: JDL Paints “Outside In” – In Rome

No Barriers Dismantle Themselves: JDL Paints “Outside In” – In Rome

Artist JDL has created an enormous split image of the same person in Rome, and the message is one of celebration and acceptance.

JDL. Inside In – For the LGBT Movement. Rome. 12-2020 (photo © Benedetto Antonio Colombo)

In a city known for its reverence of so-called classical beauty, this beauty is looking in the mirror and seeing someone who others may not. She’s “looking into a frame, as a mirror, seeing her reflection as a man,” says JDL.

“It is designed to create an emotional understanding in the process of acceptance of persons in the LGBT+ movement.”

JDL. Inside In – For the LGBT Movement. Rome. 12-2020 (photo © Benedetto Antonio Colombo)

Part of Yourban2030, organizers say it is the first green mural dedicated to the LGBTQ+ movement, with mixed materials – where the last layer of paint (airlite) is actively displacing enough pollution to equal the same amount produced by 52 cars per day.

JDL. Inside In – For the LGBT Movement. Rome. 12-2020 (photo © Benedetto Antonio Colombo)

Together with the team, JDL has created an iconic image of the LGBTQ+ world, Andrea Berardicurti, a larger than life figure who passed away in 2018 and who was also known as Karl Du Pigne.

JDL. Inside In – For the LGBT Movement. Rome. Detail. 12-2020 (photo JDL. Inside In – For the LGBT Movement. Rome. 12-2020 (photo © Judith de Leeuw)
JDL. Inside In – For the LGBT Movement. Rome. Detail. 12-2020 (photo JDL. Inside In – For the LGBT Movement. Rome. 12-2020 (photo © Judith de Leeuw)
JDL. Inside In – For the LGBT Movement. Rome. Detail. 12-2020 (photo JDL. Inside In – For the LGBT Movement. Rome. 12-2020 (photo © Judith de Leeuw)
JDL. Inside In – For the LGBT Movement. Rome. 12-2020 (photo JDL. Inside In – For the LGBT Movement. Rome. 12-2020 (photo © Davide Fracassi for Il Messengaro)
JDL. Inside In – For the LGBT Movement. Rome. 12-2020 (photo JDL. Inside In – For the LGBT Movement. Rome. 12-2020 (photo © Judith de Leeuw)

Here’s the euronews video on YouTube where a lot of hateful comments were added towards the LGBT+ community, a time-honored tradition that still hangs on:


This mural was done in collaboration with Yourban2030 and with the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Circolo Mario Mieli, and Vladimir luxuria.

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NRNY Mural Program with “Street Art For Mankind” in  New Rochelle, NY

NRNY Mural Program with “Street Art For Mankind” in New Rochelle, NY

An hour north of New York City in the wealthiest county of the state, a new mural program extends the reach of organizers Audrey and Thibault Decker of Street Art for Mankind. They say that they have produced murals and exhibitions in Larchmont, Mamaroneck, and Midtown with the support of more than 50 international Street Artists in the last few years – all with the goal of raising awareness and funds to stop child trafficking worldwide.

AEC for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The New Rochelle murals that went up this fall and were debuted in November through and organized art walk and other events appear to be more loosely correlated with local pride and history, such as the one by artist Loic Ercolessi featuring local-born musician Don Mclean (“American Pie) and Manhattan-born musician Alicia Keyes (“Empire State of Mind”).

AEC for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

An inspiring walk through the city’s downtown neighborhood on a grey and brisk fall day to discover these new murals was warmed by sharing the experience with photographer Martha Cooper, who took the train up from the city with BSA co-founder Jaime Rojo to catch the new works. The program here is called “NRNY Artsy Murals” and a highlight from this day was taking a cherry lift with Ukrainian Street Artist AEC to get a closer look at him while he worked on his new mural of allegorical surrealism.

Famed photographer Martha Cooper shoots AEC at work on his mural for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The quality is obviously high and the program eclectic, including artists such as DanK (GBR), Elle (USA & AUS), JDL (NLD), Loic Ercolessi (USA & FRA), Lula Goce (SPA), Mr Cenz (GBR) and Victor Ash (DEN, FRAand POR). Ash left the city with a new floating astronaut high above the Earth, which may describe some of the uplifting feelings passersby may experience here in New Rochelle.

AEC for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
AEC for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
AEC for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
AEC for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dan Kitchener for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lula Goce for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lula Goce for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lula Goce for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lula Goce for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lula Goce for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo) The Swan and the falcon depicted on the mural are actual residents of New Rochelle. The came and liked what they saw and decided to stay and raise their families there. A fitting real story as New Rochelle is a town where immigrants are welcomed and are an important part of the community.
Victor Ash for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Victor Ash for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Victor Ash pays tribute to Mae Jemison. Ms. Jemison became the first African American woman to travel in space. She is an engineer, a physician, and was an astronaut while she worked at NASA. It was during her time at NASA that she was part of the team aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor when she served as a mission specialist in September 1992. for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ELLE for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mr. Cenz for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JDL for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JDL for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JDL for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
LOIC pays tribute to New Rochelle born star singer Don McLean and New York State icon Alicia Keys for NRNY Artsy Murals / Street Art For Mankind. New Rochelle, NY. November 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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