I was born in The Netherlands and since the date of my birth I’ve always felt Dutch.
Nonetheless I know that the outside has always had some sort of doubt towards my Dutchness.
To some (or better say to many) my appearance, my facial features cannot guarantee
my complete belonging to this country.
So I just can’t avoid asking myself: why not and what are the characteristics of a
Dutchman’s face in our multi-cultured society? Does it even make sense to ask these
I’ve come to these considerations in the midst of public spaces
where the variety of genetics is easy to observe. Yet not easy to individually collect:
public photo booths turned out to be handy for this purpose. Some shared the shape of
my nose, some the lineaments of my bone structure, others the colour of my skin.
I ended up looking for myself in other people’s features. The intention of this project
was not not to categorize, but rather to see if there were other cases I could relate to.
To prove that a stereotypical Dutch person does not exist anymore, and that maybe what we
should start looking at are the faces of a new continent.