Jan van Esch


1 Sep 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

Jan van Esch (Netherlands)

For six months Jan van Esch is visiting and participating in different volunteer-run departments of the Red Cross and some smaller grassroots volunteer initiatives in Berlin to discover the motivation of those who are providing free work and time for diverse social goals.


Artist Dis-Placement at German Red Cross (Berlin)

What motivates someone, e.g. a 79 year old woman, to take an hour-long U-/S-Bahn ride three times a week, in order to do unpaid work handing out second-hand clothing, for 18 years in a row? To gain insight into these kinds of questions, Jan joins the different departments of the Red Cross: the second hand clothing shop, youth first aid training, elderly and homeless care. He uses his educational and experience background in anthropology, public health and the cultural sector, and aims to capture the questions and answers in several interactions and works.

Site Dedicated to the Active Effacement and Complete Disregard of History - Catherine Ryan / Amy Spiers