Amsterdam's Old Town
Into the City Center
As of April 2020, Amsterdam has prohibited walking tours from passing prostitution windows in the city center. While this may be a topic for discussion on your Introduction to Amsterdam tour, you will not spend time in the Red Light District itself.
Born and raised in Istanbul, Lora Sariaslan went to Knox College in Illinois, where she received her B.A. in Art History and Integrated International Studies, and received her M.A. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. Lora is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Amsterdam and working as an independent curator and art historian. She was curator at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul Modern) and prior to that was curatorial assistant at the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas, USA. She contributes to publications on modern and contemporary art as a member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) Turkey and as the National Correspondent for the European Museum Forum (EMF) for Turkey.
After finishing his studies in the History of Art and Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam in 2002, Sabry pursued a career in the antiquarian book trade, going on to run a fine art bookstore in Amsterdam, whilst also writing, lecturing and teaching about art. Later he dedicated more time to his work as a writer and art historian. Coming from a Jewish background, Sabry was also always interested in the Jewish history of Amsterdam and has thoroughly studied the life and work of Jewish artists living and working in the Netherlands in this century. He is currently writing a book about German Jewish emigree artists in Amsterdam in the interwar years. The work will come out in fall 2016, published by the renowned Jewish publishing house Querido. Sabry also has extensive guiding experience, specialising on the culture of the Low Countries. He expertise has a vast thematic scope that incorporates the art, architecture, literature and cuisine that helped shape the Netherlands as they are today.
Eve is an art critic and a writer. She is passionate at travel (has visited 50 countries so far, and still counting!) and an expert on art and culture. She has taught at universities in Europe and Latin America, and has collaborated with art institutions as a curator, critic and artist in residence. She has recently returned from fieldwork in Brazil, and is working towards the publication of The Travel Diaries – Tales from Latin America. She has spent most of her life travelling and is intrigued by Amsterdam’s multinational and transcultural community, and vibrant artistic scene. She believes that artistic expression is a particular means for imagining and coming together; a window to the world meant to look outward but also, as Baxandall said, at how we are looking at the world.
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