Pride Amsterdam | Sistaaz of the Castle | Museum of Bags Amsterdam

Sistaaz of the Castle

14 July - 1 September 2019
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DAILY 10:00 - 17:00

A Photographic Intervention by Jan Hoek, Duran Lantink & SistaazHood.

Museum of Bags Amsterdam is in transition. From a museum of bags and purses to a dynamic House full of surprising stories. In the run-up to Pride Amsterdam, Museum of Bags Amsterdam invited artist and photographer Jan Hoek, fashion designer Duran Lantink and trans sex support group SistaazHood to exhibit their fashion and photography project entitled Sistaaz of the Castle.

In an unexpected approach for the museum – a ‘photographic intervention’ – the story of the seven Sistaaz is presented throughout the museum. The Sistaaz, a group of trans sex workers in Cape Town, whom almost all live under a bridge next to the Castle of Good Hope, are always dressed in the most lavish outfits which they create themselves. The Sistaaz are the ultimate fashion muses for Jan Hoek and Duran Lantink.

The striking Sistaaz were captured in their daily lives and together with Duran Lantink and Jan Hoek, they created their dream outfits and eternalized their dream world. Gabby, for example, dreams of running her own Victorian house of pleasure someday; Joan Collins (age 60) wants nothing more than to get married while Flavirina who fled from Burundi is bursting with ambitions to become a fashion model.

The Sistaaz of the Castle will be on display before, during and after Pride Amsterdam in Museum of Bags Amsterdam. During the Canal Parade on Saturday 3 August 2019, the doors to Museum of Bags Amsterdam will stand wide open and everyone will be admitted free of charge.

During this exhibition, the book entitled Sistaaz of the Castle, which was published with the support of the crowdfunding platform VoorDeKunst, will also be presented.

From 12 July through 27 October 2019, the Sistaaz of the Castle project will be on display as part of Duran Lantink: Old Stock, an exhibition held in the Centraal Museum in Utrecht.


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What people are saying

I would recommend a stopover for any fan of purses!
One woman's acquiring a handbag led to a huge collection. Margaret Thatcher, Liz Taylor and Hilary Clinton's bags are all here.
"Loved this museum!"
Really gorgeous handbags with explanations. Fab restaurant there too and a tea shop.
"Spectacular place"