Dirk Hoogeveen

artist, architect, 
I like to build things outside or in the city
(sculptures which relate to their surroundings)
Snackbar Binkie
Rotterdam, NL
Mexicano, An Ode To The Dutch Cuisine  (2023)
The mexicano is an iconic product. It can be found in any snackbar. Firstly, I was intrigued by its onconventional shape. Why did this family in Dordrecht press herbed meat into a mold? Why did they choose this caterpillar like form? 

Just as food brings together people. I trade my mexicano’s with fellow artist’s, I trade them for their works or for their words. I believe in the power of dialogue, as way to shape idea’s and as a way to develop a position. The mexicano became a tool for me to develop my understanding of what the artistic profession means. I always keep one with me in the in my inside pocket. They work great for unexpected encounters. 

The mexicano evolves from being just snackbarfood to being a prop for these conversations.