State of Being

& Talkshow


Stateless people belong nowhere. According to the law, they do not exist. They have no nationality, and therefore no passport or identity papers. Without these documents, the things that most people take for granted, like renting an apartment, getting married, studying, taking out health insurance and working legally, are impossible. Being stateless has huge consequences. Without citizenship, people have no legal rights or protections, sometimes with inconceivable and devastating effects.

Photographer Anoek Steketee portrayed stateless persons in the Netherlands, young and old, born in the Netherlands or elsewhere - a vulnerable group of people who get stuck in the Dutch bureaucracy. The portraits are part of the Document Netherlands photo series, commissioned by the Rijksmuseum. During the Movies that Matter Festival the exhibition will be on display at Spuiplein.

On Tuesday the 27 March at 20:30 hrs we organize a special talk show about statelessness together with UNHCR in The Netherlands and Humanity House. With, among others,: Andrea Vonkeman, director United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in The Netherlands and photographer Anoek Steketee. Moderator: Bahram Sadeghi. Read more about this talk show.

This exhibition has been made possible by the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, the Open Society Foundation, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK), Humanity House, Just Peace and Movies that Matter.