For two decades, photographers Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong travelled the routes that carry Afghan heroin from poppy fields in remote mountain valleys to the streets of Europe. They assembled a vast mass of photographs, sound recordings, film images and interviews with growers, smugglers, addicts and police investigators involved in tracing the proceeds of crime. Supplemented by YouTube material and other “found footage,” the material has been edited, layer upon layer, to create a loosely structured narrative mosaic. The resulting book and major audiovisual installation show the darker side of globalization. The project illustrates how drug trafficking, armed conflict, international crime and corruption nourish and reinforce each other. At the same time, it shows how the media have changed over the last twenty years with the emergence of citizen journalism and the now ubiquitous presence of news images.
Research & interviews: Anna Jordans
Direction & editing: Gijs Pouwels
Camera: Adriaan van de Polder