Henk Wildschut

Homelessness, isolation and vulnerability are recurrent themes in Henk Wildschut's documentary photography. With his photographs he often engages in social debates. For Shelter he photographed the makeshift accommodations of refugees on the outskirts of Fort Europa, such as the recently evacuated refugee camp in Calais. The photographs show their attempts to create homes and to survive with all available materials, frequently including refuse. A thoroughly decorative interior, a hut that provides shelter in desolate surroundings and a church made of chipboard. The images offer a view of the resilience, inventiveness and hope of people in need. But due to the way in which they do so, with all sorts of seemingly worthless materials that happen to be on hand, they likewise show us – by necessity – the archetype of the circular economy.

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Title: Ville de Calais, from Jungle to City (2016)
Material and technique: Lambda C-print, edition 1/8
Size: 60 x 80 cm
 
Title: Ville de Calais, Shelter (2009)
Material and technique: Lambda C-print, edition 4/6
Size: 60 x 80 cm
 
Title: Ville de Calais, from Jungle to City (2016) 
Material and technique: Lambda C-print, edition 1/8
Size: 60 x 80 cm