Ahmad Joudeh x Studio Rik Versteeg / Kaltblut Magazine / Publication


Ahmad Joudeh by Rik Versteeg

Rik Versteeg and Ahmad Joudeh teamed up together to create this stunning series. Ahmad Joudeh is a ballet dancer from Syria living in Amsterdam. In October 2016, Ahmad moved to Amsterdam. He started dancing with the Dutch National Ballet. Now he is a freelance dancer and he’s working on a lot of projects.

This series is inspired by the remarkable style of the Triadisches ballet developed by Oskar Schlemmer in 1921. The ballet helped spread the ethics of the Bauhaus period and was one of its kind in history. In the ballet, the costume designers are using a lot of geometrical shapes, and the costumes are designed in a way that the dancers are extremely limited in their movements, which contradicts the ethics of dancing.

“As a visual artist, Rik Versteeg creates alternative realities through photography, film, and design. By using my intuition, I can create visuals that break with the rules of space and time, and that melts a diversity of styles together. Being part of the LGBTQIA+ community I do not conform to the heteronormative cisgender ideal image, this influences me consciously and unconsciously. Many of my projects, therefore, are connected with the LGBTQIA + community and reflect on the institutionalized heteronormative norm. I see my visuals as a countermovement and reaction to heteronormativity and public norms. Most of my inspiration is drawn from myths, theories, and social-political issues. The visuals I create have an aesthetic and styled feel which can be used for artistic and commercial purposes.”

Photography, concept, set design, costume design by Studio Rik Versteeg
Instagram: @studiorikversteeg/  www.rikversteeg.com
Model is Ahmad Joudeh, Instagram: @ahmadjoudehofficialwww.ahmadjoudeh.com
Make-up artist is Ashely Prins, Instagram: @glam.byprins using Mac cosmetics, Morphe, Jefree Star Cosmetics.
Photography Assistant Marjolein van Schaik

Ahmad Joudeh, Studio Rik Versteeg & Cindy Damen, Rik Versteeg


AndC Magazine / Publication

AndC Magazine

Pica Pica Zomerparade / Student Hotel / Rotterdam Pride / Exhibition

The Student Hotel - Pica Pica

From the 19th of September – 2020

Exhibition at the Student Hotel Rotterdam organized by Pica Pica Zomerparade during Rotterdam Pride.

New Rotterdam musicians are brought together with local artists during Pica Pica Zomerparade with several instore and terrace concerts. Pica Pica asked me to join their event on the 19th of September as the Student Hotel will be one of the event locations during Rotterdam Pride. The exhibition will feature some of my latest visuals based and/or created with Queer artists. The visuals will be shown in the restaurant area, entrance is free of charge.

The Student Hotel - Pica Pica

Publieke Werken Rotterdam / Exhibition

July and August – 2020

Public outdoor exhibition in Rotterdam including 400 participating artists, designers, photographers, image-makers, and illustrators.
Due to the coronavirus, there are a lot of advertising spaces free or outdated. The creators of Publieke Werken Rotterdam want to fill that void by printing and displaying all kinds of artworks throughout the entire city.

Publieke Werken Rotterdam Exhibition

Culturele Supermarkt Roodkapje Rotterdam / Exhibition

Culturele Supermartk Roodkapje Rotterdam
Culturele Supermarket Roodkapje Rotterdam

June till August – 2020

The time has come: Roodkapje will open her doors again!

As these unusual times require unusual answers, Roodkapje has turned (once again) into a Cultural Supermarket. Unlike the nickname for our space at De Meent however, this time we have become a real supermarkt, stocked with art works, products and objects made by our most beloved artists, musicians, designers and performers, for you to buy. Proceeds will help both makers and Roodkapje to continue to exist. So, get out of your house and into Roodkapje’s Culturele Supermarket and help us help the makers!

During the supermarket you will find some of my more early works for sale! You can also purchase postcards of the masquerade ball there.
Missed out on the supermarket but still interested in my work, please click on the button to visit my webshop.