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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




Writer and artist Jan Hoek succeeds Mirthe Berentsen in our residency in NY.

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Jan Hoek starts February 26 as the seventh artist of Beautiful Distress in the residency at Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. A short biography:

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Jan Hoek (1984) is an artist and a writer. In his work he is always attracted to the beauty of outsiders worldwide and always keen to collaborate intensively with people that normally are overlooked to create a new image together. He photographed a Amsterdam based ex heroine addict who always dreamed of being a super model, he collaborated with a group of trans sex workers in Cape Town who roam the streets in the most stunning self-created outfits, created psychedelic zines about the sex tourist capital of the world Pattaya in Thailand, and made a series about the Maasai who not identify with their jumping stereotype image, and sometimes he finds his models just on the internet. In the universe of Hoek the 'normal' people are the strangers and the outsiders are the funky rulers of this planet.