Mokum: A Guide to Amsterdam

by Christian Ernsten

ISBN: 9789077966556


YEAR: 2011


Mokum is an alternative travel guide to Amsterdam that explores the boundaries of freedom in this European capital. How free is Amsterdam in 2011? How are the hard-won rights of women and gays, the freedom of speech and sexual liberties being influenced by the political climate in The Netherlands? Are these rights still visible and tangible in the urban realm?

The travel guide challenges its reader to explore and analyze the rights and freedom in Amsterdam. Roosje Klap’s graphic design is inspired by the esthetics of the Dutch free press in the 1960s and 1970s. Every chapter (Devotional City, Protest City, Cappuccino City, Monumental City) is based on a hand-made silk-screen poster from that time. Mokum includes maps, stories, poems, essays, illustrations and photos from more than 40 authors — from artists to geographers, from Amsterdammers to New Yorkers, from newbies to celebrities. Mokum will change your perspective on the city forever!

Mokum is an initiative of the Amsterdam 4/5 May Committee.