La CITÉ – Together: Amsterdam to Paris text and photos by Edie Ashley

Dear Shaded Viewers,

On Saturday the 30th March La CITÉ held an opening for Together: Amsterdam to Paris.

La Cité is a new contemporary art gallery. This space is located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, it is a place dedicated to the projects of contemporary artists emerging or already recognised on the international scene.

When entering La Cité gallery, to check out the exhibition Together: Amsterdam to Paris curated by Valentina Moreno, the courtyard outside was overflowing with stylish creatives from all around the world. As you walked into the space there was a sound system playing rare Dub music and in the corner a bucket of Brooklyn Brewery Beers on ice, making the art show a fully immersive, sensory experience. Each artist’s work had a very unique style.

The Artists:

STIKSTOK is a pseudonymous Dutch contemporary artist. His current work’s subject consists mainly of a wide range of mobster movie inspired illustrated pieces. The all black and white series has a clean and decisive look. An interesting stylized contrast between harshness and humor.


Gilleam Trapenberg was born in Curacao in 1991 and graduated from the Royal Academy of Art inThe Hague in 2017. Born and raised in Curacao his fascinations with themes such as status, representation and image culture have long played an integral part in his work. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Gilleam Trapenberg – Hotel Lobby Decoration

Floor van het Nederend was born in Haarlem in 1987 and is now living in Amsterdam. He creates free work and applied work, inspired by comics, punk flyers and pop art. Themes such as nature and mountains and his own cartoon characters such as Malvin the Cat often come back in his work. He has had exhibitions in Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Hamburg and has done assignments for Paradiso, Patta and De Volkskrant, among others.

Aukje Dekker is a visual and conceptual artist based in Amsterdam. Her practice is primarily characterised by an honest and often humoristic deconstruction of herself as an artist and the systems within the art world that determine value, meaning and authenticity.
In her work, Aukje Dekker focuses on the analysis of the human pursuit of value, meaning and authenticity. She does not limit herself to one medium, but broadens her vision to all forms of contemporary art, photography, painting, installation, video, collage and perfomance. What is sharp and steadfast about Aukje is her self-awareness, critical gaze and reactive capacity.
Dekker graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and completed a double MFA at Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam; and Central St Martins, London. Dekker’s works have been exhibited in various galleries and museums including Ultra Super New Gallery, Tokyo; Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; IMT Gallery, London; and exhibitions at Gallery Vriend van Bavink and at Gallery Gabriel Rolt. Alongside her projects as an independent artist, she is a founder of the Eddie the Eagle Museum and Society SEXYLAND, a conceptual nightclub in the North of Amsterdam.

Aukje Dekker – Signature Series (Chagall)

Lara Verheijden is a Dutch photographer, stylist, model and model scout.
Verheijden is represented by HE.RO Gallery in Amsterdam and frequently collaborates on fashion related projects with Mark Stadman under the pseudonym Stadman Lara. Known for her interest in the intimate, personal, sexual and obscure parts of life, her work always manages to surprise and intrigue.

Mark Stadman is a Dutch stylist he has worked as a freelance fashion assistant at Vogue Nederland and campaign and creative strategy at Masion the Faux and Henrik Vibskov. He works in collaboration with Lara Verheijden under the name Stadman Lara.

Lara Verheijden & Mark Stadman – 2018, C-print
Lara Verheijden & Mark Stadman – 2018, C-print
Lara Verheijden & Mark Stadman – 2018, C-print

Mick Johan was born in 1980 and grew up in Germany. He is a writer, artist and drummer in the band MICH, whose debut album was released in 2017. He is half of the artist duo Miktor & Molf and the first editor-in-chief of Vice in the Netherlands.

Mick Johan of Miktor & Molf standing next to mixed media artwork

Matthijs Booij was born in 1983 he is one half of the controversial duo Miktor & Molf together with Mick Johan. Together they studied graphic design at the academy in The Hague. During their career, they worked in an old factory building in Amsterdam-Noord on graphic design with various themes. They made texts, videos, illustrations, coffins and websites with a large portion of humor.

Thomas van Rijs was born in 1986. His work is an archaeological and anthropological investigation into his past, in which he presents his findings and discoveries in a surrealist wunderkammer . In addition to taking the investigative nature of his work as a conceptual starting point, it is also literally reflected in the visual and technical aspects of the paintings. From close up, the many underlying layers and pencil sketches of previous paintings are still visible as old traces or layers of earth.

Lois Cohen & Indiana Roma Voss – Mary
Diane Pernet, queen of cool next to Lois Cohen & Indiana Roma Voss’s ‘Mary’

Lois Cohen used photography as a way to escape, finding a balance between fantasy and reality her work captures a world full of characters, colours and contradictions. Lois has shot editorials for fashion magazines such as Indie magazine and ODDA Magazine. Campaigns for Nike X Lack of Guidance, as well as being featured in magazines and online platforms such as i-D, it’s Nice That and refinery29. Simultaneously working on personal projects ‘Local Angels’ and ‘Metamorphosis’, which was published by Vogue Italia.

Fashion Stylist, Art Director, and Concept Developer Indiana Roma Voss utilizes fashion as a medium of expressive story telling with at times, political undercurrents.
In 2016, at the age of 21, Indiana was recognized for her forward thinking by Elle Magazine Netherlands, awarding her Stylist of the Year. In early 2018, Italian Vogue came calling and Ms. Voss’ collaboration with photographer Lois Cohen titled “Metamorphosis” was published online to great critical acclaim. The 12 image series reimagined female archetypes from a range of geographical areas and cultures and placed them in recognizable contexts in order to transform them into 21st century women. In addition to her extensive fashion styling and creative direction for fashion editorials, commercial campaigns and music videos, Indiana has recently embarked on her first short fashion film working with acclaimed photographer/director Andy Tan.

I highly recommend seeing this art show if you are in Paris or even just passing through! Every piece included is full of energy and you feel as if you are getting to know each artist through their work.

On Show until : MAY 3RD 2019

Edie Ashley

Edie Ashley grew up in Wales, where she gained a love for motorcycles and horses. She is currently collaborating with Bolt Motorcycles on her first clothing collection made from surplus fabrics. She has a radio show on Portobello Radio called Dirt Bike Dub.