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Beautiful Distress was founded on the concept that there is a great deal of mental suffering, that not enough people are aware of this and that not enough is done to stop it.

The Foundation uses art in an attempt to open up the world of psychiatry and battle the stigma attached to it.

Why art? Beautiful Distress believes that art is pre-eminently capable of articulating and depicting the human condition




Invitation Opening - Reality - Yasmijn Karhof | September 18 - October 2019

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You are cordially invited to the opening of the solo exhibition Reality by artist Yasmijn Karhof on September 18 at 19.00 in the House Beautiful Distress in Amsterdam.

Yasmijn Karhof spent three months as an artist-in-residence at the psychiatric ward of the Kings County Hospital in New York. During her meetings with patients and hospital staff, she became fascinated by our perception of reality and its subjective. Inspired by her environment, Karhof created Reality; an audio-visual installation that reflects on what it is like when things no longer seem to be what they should.

In Reality you wander between life-size blueprints of patients and staff on hospital sheets.

The characters tell on the basis of personal experiences and anecdotes what it's like to lose grip on reality. Reality is often represented in things that are real or imaginary. There is, however, a third dimension: the subjective reality with a compelling relationship between emotion, experience and imagination. Reality makes you part of this exciting area which concerns the lived reality.

The blueprints are printed by the photographic technique cyanotype, which give the portraits a cyan-blue colour.

Opening program
18 september
Start 19.00
Start program and drinks                                       19.30

Beautiful Distress House
Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 41A, Amsterdam