Work in progress:
Man Next Door
Six years ago, I left with a film crew from VICE to Sochi, where they followed me while working on a series about singers in restaurants. Before leaving they shot some bonus footage in the neighborhood where I lived, a working-class district in northwest Utrecht. At the time, I already worked for six years on a document about the district, not knowing where it would lead. Now, again six years later, part of that work is the foundation for Man Next Door, my next project that will be launched soon, featuring my neighbor Kid as protagonist. Kid no longer lives. In 2013 - at the age of forty two - he was found drowned in the Utrecht canal. The book, released in the fall of 2017, provides a unique insight into the laborious life of a resident in a working-class district yet at the same time raises questions about stigmatization in our society.
Soon more information about the project and the forthcoming pre-sale of the book. For now, please click the link below to see a short trailer that VICE shot in 2011 (3:30 minutes).