Tobias de Haan
De Kloof is a walk-in house for people who are experiencing homelessness in Amsterdam (NL), situated in the souterrain of a monumental building at the canals of the city. While it remains unseen by many, its activity plays a fundamental role in the life of most of the daily visitors. In this function, De Kloof, amongst other walk-in houses, establishes itself as one of the last possible places to turn to, for those who have nowhere else to go.
The on-going work is made in a year of volunteer work with an aim to contribute to this community through visual language. The resulting video-installation explores the complex and dynamic world inside De Kloof, told through recorded one-on-one conversations, in which visitors, employees, and volunteers share their connection with the place. The photographs are established through collaboration, functioning to highlight the voices of people who are experiencing homelessness.
The created space functions to present an insight, asks attention and advocate recognition to the unseen community of De Kloof.