Diana Blok and Jan Brokken, a collaboration

Diana Blok was artist in residence in Curacao in 2000 for a period of four months. There she met with Jan Brokken who had been living on the island for several years and whoms novel ‘De Droevige Kampioen ‘ ( The Sad Champion) she had read in preparation for the journey. Months later, on Diana’s kitchen table in Amsterdam they decided to put together a book that would do justice to the island’s many hidden facets.

This project was realized thanks to the Rotterdam Visual Arts Foundation, the Mondriaan Foundation, Stichting Paradox and Voetnoot Publishers. With special thanks to Jennifer Smit, Geraldine Gaari and Stanley Bremer.

Jan Brokken is a well published writer of novels, travel stories and literary non-fiction, often called ‘ a divine narrator’.

A selection of text /photograph combinations