Summer School at Fuga Fotografia in Barcelona

In my search for affordable workshops on photography, I came across Fuga Fotografia, a highly recommended Photography School in Barcelona offering summer workshops. Impulsively I signed up for two courses in one week for an intense pressure cooking experience. Edu Ponces -Ruido Photo- gave his valuable insights in the world of photojournalism, while Ana Belen […]

Summer School at Fuga Fotografia in Barcelona

Great news: Talent development grant

The path in photojournalism has not been easy and it has been a fight to be at the stage where I am. In the ultimate months things are getting better. The Fund Special Journalist Projects has been the most important reward since years and gives me the opportunity to exist, to grow and continue my […]

Back from Cuba: portfolio reviews

By the end of May I got back from my first fieldwork period in Cuba for my project ‘Watering down a Revolution: Cuba’s struggle for drinking water and started selecting, editing, trying to construct a narrative, puzzling and breaking my head over my material. I made appointment with people to show my material and to […]

Dutch Fund for Special Journalist Project will fund my Cuba project

Photojournalism is living on the edge and believing in your projects, no matter what. While researching, preparing my grant proposal on Water challenges in communist Cuba, finding outstanding media such as The Guardian and Volkskrant interested, as well as Amsterdam University Press for publishing a photobook, commitment grew. So I decided to go although I […]

Six weeks in Cuba photographing water crisis

I will be in Cuba for six weeks of photographing Cuba’s hidden water crisis, a project I started in 2017. Climate change in combination with a communist regime on a tropical island makes up for an unique way in which water struggles are treated. Although I requested a journalist visa 1,5 month ago, it has […]

Six weeks in Cuba photographing water crisis

Admitted to Women Photograph

It has been a while ago, but by the end of 2018 I have been admitted to Women Photograph, which feels like an incredible acknowledgement for my work. Women Photograph is a community of highly talented female and non-binary documentary photographers from all over the world. So proud to see my name on the list […]

Admitted to Women Photograph

Skype conference ‘Women in Photojournalism’ with Universidad Autónoma Barcelona

On the 25th of March I participated in a skype conference organised by the Communication Department of the Universidad Autónoma Barcelona in a session on Women in Photojournalism. The panel consisted of Maria Contreras Coll, Cristina Aldehuela and me. We were interviewed by Sandra Balsells in a programme honouring the Spanish photojournalist Joana Biarnés. 

Presentation at conference Brazil politics RU

During the conference ‘Brazilian Politics, Policies and Citizenship: Anthropological Perspectives on Current Challenges’ I was asked to present my work: ‘Rio squatters: Reclaiming Rights to the City’. I have made this reportage in January and February 2018 and since than it was published in Deutsche Welle, The Guardian and El País. It was a pleasure […]

The Guardian: ADM-gallery published

In the early morning after having taken my boyfriend from the airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia I got a message from an English lady asking me what she could do for the Amsterdamse Droogdok Maatschappij, so they would not be evicted. I found out the gallery was published in The Guardian, which is quite an […]

20Fotografos multimedia screening Concepción

My challenge at the 20Fotografos Workshop was getting to a new/fresh visual language. It was absolutely amazing to work with Erika Larsen, photo editor/photographer at National Geographic. Also very nice going back again to my roots and carrying out my project on the preparations for a little patronal fiesta in Limoncito, a small community in […]

20Fotografos multimedia screening Concepción

20 Fotografos Workshop in Concepcion

Just arrived to my next adventure: la Chiquitanía in Bolivia! In two days the 20 Fotografos Workshop will start, uniting 70 -Spanish speaking- documentary photography professionals in a small village of the Bolivian lowlands. The workshop is yearly organised in another Latin American country by the Colombian Collectivo+1 to help a community of photographers grow […]

Article on Rio squatters published in El País

So great to see my work on squatters in Rio published in the Spanish newspaper El País, in the section Planeto Futuro. Both my article ánd a photo gallery were published! Very grateful that El País recognizes the importance of this story on the urban poor reclaiming their rights to the city!Link to the article […]

Article on Rio squatters published in El País

Assignment ‘Night of the Refugee’

Stichting Vluchteling, a Dutch Foundation for Refugees, organizes during one of the longest summer nights a 40 km walk in three places in the Netherlands, to collect money for and address attention towards the lives of refugees. I had the assignment to make a gallery of ‘Humans of the Night’ at the Nijmegen-Arnhem trail. I […]

Assignment ‘Night of the Refugee’

Selected for Photo documentary Workshop 20 Fotografos Bolivia!

So excited to announce that I have been selected for the 20 Fotografos Workshop in Concepcion, Bolivia. This 9 days during workshop is organized by Colectivo + Uno from Colombia, who organize this workshop yearly to connect photographers in Latin America. Main sponsor is National Geographic. Editors such as Cristina de Middel (Magnum) and Magdalena […]

Presentation conference Global(izing) cities at Radboud University Nijmegen

During the two-day conference Global(izing) cities: Governance, Belonging and Violence I will present my photo-project on deported Mexicans. The title of my presentation is: ‘In search for belonging: being deported to Mexico City’. In addition, I will give a guest lecture to Anthropology students on housing rights in Rio and present my work on urban squatters […]

Fieldwork course in Mexico came to an end

For a fourth time in a row I went with Radboud University to Puebla/Cholula to supervise Dutch Bachelor students on an anthropological fieldwork course. In total 15 students carried out their projects on subjects such as how non-hetero women deal with dominant gender norms, how marriage functions as a rite de passage and how in […]

Fieldwork course in Mexico came to an end

Five weeks Mexico supervising and reporting

For the fourth year in a row I will be supervising a third year Bachelor course in Anthropology for the Radboud University Nijmegen. In this project in Cholula, 15 students travel to Cholula where they carry out fieldwork on all kinds of anthropological subjects for an intense methodology course. Before and after the time in […]

Publication ‘The Passion of Iztapalapa’ published in Volzin

Last year I was in Mexico during Semana Santa. In Iztapalapa, a suburb of Mexico City. In this notorious district, the roles are reversed during Eastern: Mexico’s largest Passion Plays are held, in which only inhabitants of the marginalized barrio participate. Months of preparation lead up to the biggest celebration in Mexico, in which an […]

Publication ‘The Passion of Iztapalapa’ published in Volzin

Article on a Belgian pacifist in Rio’s favela

While in Rio I visited Pol d’Huyvetter again, who lives at a marvelous spot in the favela Babilônia. I wrote an article about him, that was published in Mo* Magazine in Belgium. It was an exciting stay at Pol’s guesthouse and an interesting self-exposure to ‘the humanitarian impact of small arms.’

Article on a Belgian pacifist in Rio’s favela

Photo repo Rio Squatters in Deutsche Welle

The idea to make this story started in 2016 while on assignment for the Radboud University during the Olympics in Rio to do anthropological fieldwork on evictions. Intrigued by the severe housing problems many people are facing in Rio de Janeiro, I came back in January 2018 to learn more about the stories behind abandoned […]

Photo repo Rio Squatters in Deutsche Welle

Reporting trip Rio and Bolivia

Today I left The Netherlands to visit my favourite city Rio de Janeiro to report on squatting in Rio’s city centre. On the 27th of January I will fly to Bolivia where I will start my photo reportage on gender and climate change in the Andes. Stichting Marjan Rens and maybe De Coöperatie will partly […]

Reporting trip Rio and Bolivia

Fund Stichting Marjan Rens awarded

Just three days before starting 2018 I got the news that Stichting Marjan Rens is willing to partly fund the reportage-trip to Bolivia! In Bolivia I will report on how women deal with climate change in remote communities in the Andes. Belgian NGO Solidagro will support the trip by offering their network, logistics, transportation and […]

Publication ‘huachicol’ on OneWorld

During my trip to Mexico in April/May 2017 I was able to report on the organized crime of stealing gasoline in the dangerous area ‘The Red Triangle’, notorious for car theft, kidnappings and murders. It was an exciting adventure to chase a photograph of the huachicol, stolen gasoline. Absolutely grateful to Edmundo Meza for his […]

Publication ‘huachicol’ on OneWorld

November trip to Mexico and Guatemala

In November 2017 I was happy to guide a tour through Mexico and Guatemala for Djoser. Many hours of busing, during which I took three online courses on Creative Life, took us to the most beautiful places. The group in general was easygoing and we shared lots of fun along the way. I managed to […]

November trip to Mexico and Guatemala

Visa Pour l’Image, my first Perpignan

That was a mind blowing first time photojournalist festivalling! I attended the Professional Week for Photojournalists, between the 3rd and 9th of September in Perpignan. At world’s most important photojournalist festival, I was hired by the Turkish news agency Anadolu, New York’s news agency Polaris, to work as a freelancer; I had portfolio reviews to […]

Visa Pour l’Image, my first Perpignan

Publication ‘Ritual Flyers in Mexico’ published in Al Jazeera

In 2015, when I went to Cuetzalan for the first time, as a supervisor of the Bachelor fieldwork course, I got intrigued by this pre-colombian ‘dance’. In 2016 I came back to make a reportage, at first instance for the Magazine Immaterieel Erfgoed. When my boyfriend came to visit me at the end of the […]

Publication ‘Ritual Flyers in Mexico’ published in Al Jazeera

Nacht van de Vluchteling

Door Stichting Vluchteling werd ik benaderd voor een superleuke opdracht: drie portretten maken -tekst en beeld- van lopers gedurende de Nacht van de Vluchteling tussen Nijmegen en mijn nieuwe woonplaats Arnhem. Zie hier Sinbad, die acht jaar geleden vluchtte uit Afghanistan.

Nacht van de Vluchteling

Several interesting projects in Mexico

While in Cholula, I managed to collect material for several stories. For instance, I followed a worker in a piñata factory; I was invited to the Red Triangle, a notorious area in Central Mexico to learn about the illegal stealing and selling of gasoline by the huachicoleros (narco-network of gasoline thieves). Furthermore, the theme of […]

Semana Santa in Iztapalapa, Mexico

Holding accreditation is such a privilege. Always in the front row, with the best views, and space for manoeuvre. In Iztapalapa, a notorious neighborhood of Mexico City, the 174th version of Semana Santa is celebrated, with the largest Passion Plays of Mexico. It is only featuring actors from the Iztapalapa district, -more than 2000- preparing […]

February: Trip to Cuba

In February I made a trip to Cuba as a tourguide for Djoser. It was a surprisingly relaxed and easy-going group. During the trip, I managed to make a photo-reportage on an outdated water drainage system, drought and the ways that Cuban’s struggle to have enough drinking water.The report can be viewed here:http://photoreportage.sannederks.com/#!album-13 

International Women’s Day: photo presentation with Dingena Mol at Women and Media Tutor-programme

Op 8 maart 2017 vond de afsluiting plaats van het Vrouw & Media-mentoraat. Gedurende de afgelopen maanden ben ik gecoacht door Dingena Mol. Zij heeft mij inzicht gegeven in het Nederlandse fotojournalistieke landschap en mij geholpen mijn focus voor de toekomst -als fotojournalist- helder te krijgen. Daarnaast heeft ze me veel tips & tricks gegeven […]

Rio photos at exhibition in Israel

For an exhibition on ‘urban informality in Southern cities’ my photographs on favela-upgrading in Rio de Janeiro were selected. The exhibition is exposed at Holon Institute for Technology in Israel. From March onwards, the exhibition will be seen at the Art Gallery of the Faculty of Urban Planning and Architecture of the Technion (Israel Institute […]

Cuba, que linda eres

In July and August I worked in Cuba as a tourguide for Djoser. I travelled the island with 6 families. It was a great trip and a nice challenge! Very special and has given me loads of inspiration.