Calais, december 2012

00:06:47 742 Museum Jan Cunen
This project, photographed over a period of several years, shows the temporary dwellings and settlements of refugees along the borders of Fort Europe as filmed by Henk Wildschut.

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After receiving his education at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, documentary photographer Henk Wildschut (Harderwijk, 1967) initiated a number of long-term documentary projects, alongside his commissioned work for various newspapers and magazines. Displacement, separation and vulnerability are recurring themes in Wildschut's work. He was particularly noted for his photo series Shelter, which was awarded the prestigious Dutch Doc Award in 2011. This project, photographed over a period of several years, shows the temporary dwellings and settlements of refugees along the borders of Fort Europe. Wildschut created this short film as part of his exhibition entitled SOLO at Museum Jan Cunen, for which he returned to Calais, France: back to the place where he spent years photographing the 'shelters' built by illegal immigrants, waiting to Cross the Channel and seek better fortune in Great Britain.

He was particularly noted for his photo series Shelter, which was awarded the prestigious Dutch Doc Award in 2011. This project, photographed over a period of several years, shows the temporary dwellings and settlements of refugees along the borders of Fort Europe. Wildschut created this short film as part of his exhibition entitled SOLO at Museum Jan Cunen, for which he returned to Calais, France: back to the place where he spent years photographing the 'shelters' built by illegal immigrants, waiting to Cross the Channel and seek better fortune in Great Britain.

Video credits

  • A film by Henk Wildschut and Willem Populier (camera)
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