Close to the port city of Calais in France, in the heart of democratic Europe, a parallel world has existed for ten years. Refugees from Africa and the Middle East are waiting here for their chance to cross the Channel to Great Britain. The Jungle, as it is nicknamed, has been slowly taking over the shape of a city over the last few months. A city that, by political decisions, has started to be dismantled from 29 February 2016.
In Calais - From Jungle to City photographic and cinematic images alternate, giving an insight into how the structure of the camp is rapidly changing. Henk Wildschut’s way of working has a documentary character, but it is also poetic and suggestive. His photos provide a counterweight to the emotional photos of refugees familiar to us from newspapers and television.
The documentaries Bantar Gebang (2000) by Jeroen de Rijke and Willem de Rooij, Calais: The Last Border (2003) by Marc Isaacs and 4:57 Minutes Back Home (2011) by Henk Wildschut will be shown. Henk Wildschut will start with an introduction. With your Foam entrance ticket you will receive a €3 discount. Sunday 5 June is the last day of the exhibition.
The exhibition Henk Wildschut - Calais - From Jungle to City and it's side programme have been made possible through the support of The Democracy and Media Foundation, the Mondriaan Fund and Kleurgamma.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd, City of Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.