Simon Wald-Lasowski is a freelance photographer and art director. He makes colorful, fun, twisted work by use of bricolage, word play and ‘cliché bending’. Lighthearted at first sight, his images often reveal a certain depth on second inspection. His approach is always very personal, which blur the boundaries between autonomous and commissioned work.
School assignment by: Rene Put
“Make a public sculpture for the Nieuwmarkt”. I decided to focus on the Chinese community, whose secretive social life clashes with the overall open debauchery of the infamous red light district in Amsterdam.
As in many places around the world, we see the Chinese work very hard. But where do they spend their nights off? Gambling in some illegal basement? They certainly don’t mingle a lot with the rest of the population. With that in mind, I designed posters promoting imaginary underground Chinese events and placed them all around the area. The events seem intriguing, but the western onlookers are not invited since all the information is in Chinese.