Shelter - Humanity House


13.03.12 t/m 27.05.12


In the exhibition Shelter you can imagine yourself in ‘the jungle’ of Calais, dreaming of a better life with thousands of other people. People staying here have travelled hundreds of kilometres to get there. They are waiting to continue their journey to Great Britain for a better life. People have built improvised shacks from waste materials, sheets, blankets, whatever they can get their hands on. Henk Wildschut photographed these dwellings all over Europe, but mainly in Calais. A large number of the photographs on display in the Humanity House is printed on canvases that are several meters high. They are hung from the ceiling in the foyer. Navigate your way through these shelters and Other works can be admired along the walls of the museum café.

Shelter as symbol of misery

For Wildschut the shelter became the symbol of misery. Thousands of people from places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and Nigeria gather in Calais hoping to cross the Channel, to reach the destination of their dreams. Little do they know they will not be welcome. Quite the contrary: a complex myriad of legislation is in force in England, set up specifically to refuse entry to illegal immigrants. The indirect eloquence of the images in Shelter is the connective factor that helps make the receptive viewer feel involved and offers a meaningful alternative to the platitude of photography. Henk Wildschut received the Dutch Doc Award for his project Shelter.

Opening times

  • 10:00 - 17:00
  • 12:00 - 17:00


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About the photographer

Henk Wildschut (Harderwijk 1967) attended the Royal Academy of Expressive Arts in The Hague. He considers the passing of time as a major contributor to the intensity of his work. It is this concept that Henk hopes will help him expose the developments and the hopelessness of a by and large hidden society. An example of his other, widely acclaimed work is ‘Sandrien’. For this project he and his friend, fellow photographer Raimond Wouda, followed the crew of the stranded ship Sandrien for over 18 months.

Henk used the way the basic necessity of shelter is established as his leitmotif in the documentary-style photography project ‘Shelter’ that he started in 2005. This led to the publication of a book in 2010. In June of last year this book earned Henk the Kees Scherer award for Best Photography book as well as the Dutch Doc Award 2011.