On the Move - Robert Knoth & Antoinette de Jong

00:01:23 455 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Robert Knoth (Rotterdam, NL, 1963) is photographer who lives and works in Borgharen. Antoinette de Jong (Tilburg, NL, 1964) is a journalist who works and lives in Borgharen. Selected for On the Move: the book and the audiovisual installation Poppy - Trails of Afghan Heroin (2012).

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.

On The Move
August 29, 2014 - January 18, 2015
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Video credits

Research & interviews: Anna Jordans
Direction & editing: Gijs Pouwels
Camera: Adriaan van de Polder

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