Het Grote Wachten / The Waiting

2004
4 video's
9 photo's
1 poem

The asylum seeker -often a refugee - is a waiter.
The barriers which he has to overcome are becoming
higher and the cracks of the entrance door are getting
smaller and smaller. This narrow entrance provides
a view of a better life and helps to keep the asylum
seeker willing to wait. He can not (and is not allowed)
do anything else. Often the option of going back to his
home country closed, waiting is the only option.

This work is my graduation project (BFA).
The photos are portraits of refugees.
The 4 short movies' aim is to translate this
feeling of waiting into images.
This project has been awarded with Stroom prize
for Up and Coming Artists.

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Het Grote Wachten No.1

Het Grote Wachten No.2

Het Grote Wachten No.3

Het Grote Wachten No.4

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Ronal Hanina from Irak, 26 years, student, 10 months of waiting in the Netherlands

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from Bosnia, aprox. 45 years, 3 years

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Hadia Avdullah and M. El Hadi Osman from Sudan, 56 and 66 years,
mother and mechanical engineer, 5 years

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mr. Dalai and Adja Dalai from Mongolia, 38 and 5 years old, 4 years

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Ali Achmed and Yassin from Sudan, 45 and 5 years, agricultural scientist, 5 years

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Li, 'baboesjka and zeboesjka' from Vietnam and Armenia. All in their 70's
Li is waiting for 4 years, granny and grandpa for 5 years.

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Muhanad Mohamaden from Sudan, 14 years, high school student, 4 years

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Tamara Ibragimeova from Kirgieziƫ, 3 years

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exhibition view of the Stroom-price winners at
the KABK-gallery

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exhibition view of the graduation show