5 October, 2017
Opening solo exhibition Document Nederland: Stateless, commissioned by The Rijksmuseum, will be shown in the Philips Wing from the Rijksmuseum from 6 October 2017 – 10 January 2018.
Anoek Steketee (1974, Hoorn, The Netherlands) was offered the assignment of the Rijksmuseum ‘Document Nederland’ on the project for the universal matter of statelessness.
Anoek Steketee looked for stateless people in the Netherlands: people without nationality, without a passport, who do not exist according to the law but live in our country.
According to the UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) 2016 saw 65,3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. The highest levels of displacement on record.
Since 1975, the Rijksmuseum has organised the annual exhibition Document Nederland, for which a Dutch photographer is asked to focus on a topical societal phenomenon. For 2017, Anoek Steketee has been commissioned to depict the theme ‘Stateless’.
For more information visit the website of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
The exhibition Document Nederland is made possible by UNHCR, the UN refugee agency.
6 October 2017 – 7 January 2018
Opening: 5 October 2017 (by invitation only)