Stay Healthy - Part One


Stay Healthy


At the invitation of TAAK, artist Paulien Oltheten looks for examples of human contact amidst the silence and sterility surrounding the COVID-19 virus. Compared to other countries, The Netherlands allows individuals to interpret measures relatively freely. In Stay Healthy, a series of short video portraits, Oltheten documents a range of interpretations and ways of relating to each other in Amsterdam and surroundings.

 Part One


A charming balcony scene of two neighbors who first meet because of the lockdown. 


Baptist on Dam Square

A clever way of handing out flyers while keeping a 1.5 meters distance.



Regulars staying loyal to their favorite pub in times of corona.


Home office life

How can you tell if someone is working from home? 


Father and son

A conversation in which a father and son share their daily lockdown concerns.



A jogger wearing a mask on Keizersgracht.



A stick to teach passers-by the meaning of 1.5 meters in all directions, or a handy tool for provocation?



Two friends who would normally sit closer together.



A woman takes the measures to combat virus infection very seriously, for herself, for her cat and for the local community.

Stay Healthy is made possible in part by AFK (Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst).