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About   Johan van der Dong (artist, Groningen, 27th of April 1962)

As an artist Van der Dong is always busy in creating things you’ve never thought off.  His( imaginary )world often touches the real  one in awakening people about certain matters such as religion. His work is all about the tolerance people should have about each other. He asks many questions  about the way people react on rituals and symbolism  they used  in daily life when set  in unusual  customs. In his work people are challenged to reconsider their thoughts about certain matters. In 2007 he offered  to wash the feet  of people curious as he was about the behaviour  they would give him. In last year’s  P.O.Box of Allah he washed the feet of  a Muslim  member of parliament  while talking about  the role of religion in modern society.  Lines of Dutch history were made up in relation of the integration of Muslims  in Dutch Society.  In his conceptual  work he often asks people to participate in it by explaining  the purpose of the project  in relation to our modern community.    An example of such a  project is his world famous concept  ‘The Hotline of God’ which got more than 350.000 calls from  all over the world. Very many languages where spoken in, on a voice in Dutch.  It was by all means his  most successful project ever.

Johan van der Dong is also known as an artist who is inspired  by subjects such as The Waddensea and human behavior. He painted in his own way with strange materials to let people know how  various  and wonderful our environment is  and can be wondering in how people can live their lifes

 

 

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