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OSCAM and Decoratelier Nationale Opera & Ballet present ‘Costume’

When you think of the Decoratelier Nationale Opera & Ballet, you can imagine it being filled with decor, tailor-made costumes and accessories. Inspired by twelve original costumes and their sketches, the Richters family, OONA and Soraya Basiran were challenged to each create two new art pieces for the exhibition ‘Costume’. In this way, the artists give a new and different life to the existing costumes. With this exhibition, OSCAM curator Marian Duff connects the Director of costumes, hood & grime Robby Duiveman from Nationale Opera & Ballet, artists from Angelique Hoorn Management and SHOOT THE MOON Agency to her beloved OSCAM and the world of opera and ballet.

The exhibition

With Costume, the artistic family Richters, OONA and Soraya Basiran give their own interpretation to existing costumes from Nationale Opera & Ballet. The costumes were made in the costume department of Dutch National Opera & Ballet at Waterlooplein in Amsterdam and had roles in various operas and ballets. They stand for elegance, freedom of movement and style. The new art pieces from the artists based on these costumes are linked to several ateliers within the Decoratelier Nationale Opera & Ballet. Marian Duff always strives to connect talents from the Bijlmer with OSCAM and other institutions and organizations in the city and does that this time by involving the artistic family Richters, consisting of Fana (also known as AiRich), Merete, Dashan, Shashu, Ayana and Ahijah Richters. OONA and Soraya Basiran were selected based on the work they have previously done for Angelique Hoorn Management, which caught Duff’s attention.

Angelique Hoorn Management presents OONA and Soraya Basiran

As an illustrator, OONA likes to be inspired by contrasts. Next to that, he gives his classic handwork power by using digital post-processing. In his work, he often adds animal characteristics to humans, which will also be the case for Costume. Soraya Basiran is a fashion stylist/illustrator and is known for her high fashion ink drawings and sketches: edgy, ladylike and mysterious are the type of women she likes to draw. She is the owner of Bluhaven and previously made illustrations for H&M.

SHOOT THE MOON Agency presents the Richters family

All six family members of the young artistic family Richters from Bijlmer (Amsterdam) are going to show their talent for Costume. Ayana will use her creativity to make customized bags while Ahijah will show his talent behind the deck. The remaining four family members will make the new artwork related to Costume. Although visual artist AiRich is now making a collage for Costume, she usually uses portrait photography to tell stories, focusing on visual collaborations and projects at home and abroad. Afrofuturism plays an important role in her work. Artist Shashu however, uses a different view on the costumes and draws inspiration for her artworks from Japanese traditional clothing and flowers.


The exhibition can be seen from Monday till Saturday until 20 September 2019. The art is available for purchase through our shop.


Curator: Marian Duff
Guest curator: Robby Duiveman
Production: Charmaine Wartes
Text: BAAS Amsterdam and Charmaine Wartes
Artists: Fana Richters, Merete Richters, Dashan Richters, Shashu Richters, OONA and Soraya Basiran
Special thanks: Ayana Richters (customized bags) and Ahijah Richters (music), Richard Soesanna, Noukhey Forster, Louisanne van Hooff and Yves Saïdi
Powered by: Decoratelier Nationale Opera & Ballet, SHOOT THE MOON Agency, Angelique Hoorn Management, Gemeente Amsterdam, CEC, Amsterdam Museum and advice organisation B&A Groep

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