The photographer asked Wim Pijbes who was opening the exhibition, the artist (me) and the sitter from the invitation: Rkia El Yazidi, to pose for him. It is very representative trio about the exposition.
Rkia was accompanied by his children (both artists) and her daughter in law Emilie Patijn. I think Rkia was a little bit overwhelmed by all the attention she had but she told me she liked the painting.
Actually it was Hicham Khalidi (curator digital media TAG), her son who suggested that his mother should be part of this project of mine 'Mederlanders'. It was already in december 2005 that I met her and photographed her. I still agree with Hicham, she belongs in the group.
I hoop at the end of the year to have all 7 portraits ready.
The article appeared today at AD Haagsche Courant (Newspaper of The Hague).
Text: Gijsbert Spierenburg (in Dutch).
Photograph: Guus Schoonewille. Click on the image for a larger version.