We Live Art - Aruna Vermeulen

00:17:30 40 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
In this video, Aruna Vermeulen, director of the Rotterdam HipHopHuis, talks about her background as b-girl and the essence of the movement, which is not just about the competitive element, but also and primarily about solidarity.

New York in the ‘eighties of the 20th century? Even those who were not yet born know the images: enormous compositions of letters and cartoon-like elements in a wide range of colours and styles, which moved with considerable speed on trains through the metropolis. Teenagers with ghetto blasters and a piece of cardboard demonstrated the most improbable moves, wherever they liked. Although the MTA and the New York authorities have done everything they could to suppress this sub-culture, hip-hop spread throughout the world and the ‘sub’ can now be omitted from the description.

In this video, Aruna Vermeulen, director of the Rotterdam HipHopHuis, talks about her background as b-girl and the essence of the movement, which is not just about the competitive element, but also and primarily about solidarity. Together with the legendary Mick La Rock, she pays a visit to the depositary of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, where canvases by various old school graffiti artists are stored. In addition, film-maker Gino Ragueb follows a Rotterdam graffer as he lays down a piece.

Video credits

  • A film by: Gino Ragueb 
  • Chief editor: Els Hoek 
  • Sound: Drona Soekram, Rafael Carter 
  • Production assistent: Dennis Sirbegovic 
  • Soundmix: Henk Jelle de Groot
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