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Mental Superpowers - Exotica

These images are taken from Jan Hoek's latest series, 'Mental Superpowers'. As an artist and photographer, he is fascinated by the beauty of outsiders in the world. His lens has captured the homeless in Ethiopia, sex tourists in Thailand, motorcycle taxis in Nairobi, and trans sex workers in Cape Town. As a kid, he dreamt of becoming a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and often wonders what it means to have a special power. For this project, he lived in a Brooklyn psychiatric hospital for three months. Together with its patients, he questions our perception of mental illness and dares to ask, "Why can't it be a superpower?" 'Mental Superpowers' is supported by AFK, Mondriaan Fonds and Beautiful Distress.