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  BELFAST Slideshow  

BELFAST - DIVIDED CITY

Although the violence has subsided, tension in Belfast is still very high. Any small incident or even rumor might lead to yet another confrontation. Between paramilitaries from both sides, or between Republicans and the (British) police force. In 1984 I spend two weeks in Belfast, constantly crossing the dividing line between loyalist protestant Woodvale and the hardcore IRA territory of Ardoyne and Woodvale.
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KRESTI PRISON Slideshow

 

 

 

 

KRESTI PRISON - SANKT PETERSBURG

Kresti Prison in Sankt Petersburg is more than 120 years old. It entered
world history during the October Revolution in 1917, when insurgents
stormed the prison and freed its 2.400 prisoners. Now the old and derelict building houses 7.500 inmates.
More than 1.000 of them suffer from tuberculosis and 1.400 are HIV infected. Two separate departments house 450 prisoners with mental problems. The tremendous overpopulation reduces living space to 1 square meter.
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SOMALILAND Slideshow

 

SOMALILAND

In 1991 Siad Barre, the authoritarian leader of Somalia, was finally was ousted. The country, for the longest time a pawn in the geopolitical power play of the Cold War, fell apart.
The former British Somaliland declared itself independent from former Italian Somalia. Until now not a single government recognized the brake away republic. It became completely isolated and was not eligible for any kind of foreign aid.
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GEORGIA Slideshow  

GEORGIA

In April 1991, shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgia declared its independence. Shortly afterwards the ultra-nationalist president Gamsakhurdia was deposed in a bloody civil war that lasted until 1995. South Ossetia and Abkhasia, with the support of Russia and Chechen volunteers, broke away from Georgia in yet another bloody civil war. 250.000 Georgians were ethnically cleansed, living desperate lives in the capital Tblisi. The country was utterly ruined.
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  CARE IN THE NETHERLANDS Slideshow

 

 

 

 

CARE IN THE NETHERLANDS

Commissioned by de department of Contemporary History of the RijksMuseum Roel Visser and myself documented Care in the Netherlands, a comprehensive photographic exploration of the subject.
Apart from the exhibition in the RijksMuseum and the publication as a book, these pictures are part of the Museum's photographic collection.
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LITHUANIA Slideshow

LITHUANIA

Care for the mentally disabled in Lituania.
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CITY AT NIGHT Slideshow

 

 

 

 

 

 

CITY AT NIGHT

Nightly cityscapes from my hometown.
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  COLOMBIA Slideshow  

COLOMBIA

For more than 30 years Colombia is ravaged by a vicious war between rebel militia, paramilitaries and the army. The population is shot at from all sides and, to save their very lives, has to flee their homesteads.
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  Venice by Night Slideshow  

VENICE BY NIGHT

Night has fallen and the masses of tourist are asleep. Undisturbed the city is now left to its own devices and showing its true face.
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  INDIA Slideshow  

INDIA


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STAP THEATER Slideshow

 

 

STAP - THEATER WITH AN EXTRA

In Turnhout (Belgium) a theater group with professional actors with a mental impairment was founded in 1985. By developing a theatrical language, not based on dialogue but rather on impovised movements, it became hugely succesful instantly. From one production to the next STAP continued to develop its unique character. Touring extensively thoughout Europe it created a dedicated audience.
More info (in Dutch/English/French) at www.theaterstap.be.
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