This photographic project which can be seen from March 26 until April 5 in the Atrium of the City Hall in The Hague was born out of genuine curiosity about the diverse and intricate ways in which people in our modern world choose to form relationships. What different and new shapes can these relationships take? What boundaries and guidelines are necessary to keep them healthy? These were some of the questions photographer Alexander Namrok pondered as he began this project.

Together with couples and singles, his aim was to collaboratively explore these dynamics through staged portraits. Immersed in the intimacy of their homes, he asked the couples to articulate the key foundations and guidelines necessary for their unique relationship to thrive and be healthy. The interaction became a space for both them and Namrok to reflect upon these questions, serving as a reciprocal learning experience.

The photographs offer a rare glimpse into the private workings of intimate connections and are intended to inspire each of us to contemplate how our own relationships function and, ultimately, how we can perhaps make them even better.

They serve as a fresh take on the myriad of possibilities that exist for humans to form meaningful connections, seek intimacy, and cultivate love. Emphasizing an approach that is open, honest, and nonjudgmental.

Alexander Namrok
Alexander Namrok is a Danish-Moroccan photographer currently finishing his degree at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Through his work he is exploring the cameras ability to unveil new perspectives. Delving into themes of masculinity, power dynamics, and relationships. With his images, he aims to cultivate empathy, understanding, and meaningful connections, inviting viewers to explore and reflect on what it means to be human.

Men as Well
Menaswell is the Dutch organisation against sexual violence against men and/or queer people. We aim to bridge the barriers to support that men face following sexual violence, while increasing awareness and visibility of male victims.