In this video Henk Wildschut edits his photographs of refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, explaining his selection process for the series Defiant Gardens (2018). At Wildschut’s studio in Amsterdam, we learned about the survival of hope and humanity in desperate contexts.
Direction & Cinematography: Robbert Doelwijt Jr.
Edit: Atelier Munkicloud
Title Track: Tim van Berkenstijn (Benny Sings
Published as part of the featured project:
by Henk Wildschut
Galerie Bart, Amsterdam, NL
“I could never forget the sight of those newly-planted vegetable patches between the tents, although I wasn’t yet aware that small, informal gardens are a far from unusual phenomenon in refugee camps.“
“...archival photographs are essential for transmitting history and experience to new generations, because stories that contain images generate empathy, and will reach younger people in a more emotional way.“
“The simplicity in the forms and composition of my work is meant to create the ‘vacuum’ which is needed to rescue memories and images settled deep down in our subconscious, where archetypal forms lie.“