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.

Epiphany photo reports on Demotix

Three Kings Day, or Epiphany, is widely celebrated in Spain. In the late afternoon of the 5th of January, the Kings arrived by boat to the city, where they were welcomed by thousands of spectators and greeted by Ada Colau, the mayor of Barcelona. See here the photoreport. At night a large parade was held […]

Two Marian devotions in one week

On the 9th of December a large feast for the Immaculate Conception was held in Castelldefels, a village at the outskirts of Barcelona. On the 12th of December Latin Americans gathered in a church in Barcelona to venerate their Patroness, the  Mexican Virgin of Guadalupe in an intense and beautiful Mexican mass. Together with Bolivia’s […]

Photos of Correfoc -Firerun- in Barcelona published at Citizenside France and Demotix

During the first week of the postgarduate in photojournalism, we had an assignment to make a photo-report on the Correfoc. It is a Spanish tradition often held at Catalan festivals in which people dressed up as devils light firecrackers, directed towards the crowds. The audience can participate and tries to get as close to the […]