Marcel van Baaren

marcelMany cards up his sleeve. When you meet Marcel, you see a two-metre guy with a welcoming smile and a keen sense of humour.  Marcel is in his daily live an e-learning consultant at an IT company, but his true passion has alwasys been drawing and painting. Swiped by a lot of activities, Marcel’s interest and motivation to develop his skills has been renewed when he met Hakan. Now you can see the results at the exhibitions of Istanbul Amsterdam MEETUP.

“The idea to have an exhibition about Turkish – Dutch relationships immediately made me excited. It’s a time where you see in The Netherlands a polarisation of political and religious positions. For me personally these topics have little weight. It makes me happy when positive and constructive communication and friendships across barriers which separate us, are surpassed. The Dutch word ‘verbinding’ describes perfectly what we want to achieve with the exhibition. Verbinding means ‘having a bond, connect, contact, relationship’; I hope we will be able to generate attention to Dutch and Turkish public. In this helping to create at both the Dutch als the Turkish side a positive contribution to ‘verbinding’.”