MADE IN BRABANT

Stan Heerkens

Book

280 × 210 mm / digital print

2020

During daytime, the Brabant countryside is the domain of nature lovers and hikers; in the evening it turns into the workspace of drug criminals and other shady figures. This seamless mixture of upper and lower world is typical of Brabant. Over the past decades, this province has grown into the drug barn of Europe, renowned worldwide for one of its most profitable export products: xtc. Photographer Stan Heerkens dived behind the facade of the pittoresk countryside and managed to capture this in images. Writer Jan van Tienen wrote an introduction to his work. 


COMMON GROUND

European Cultural Foundation

Magazine

285 × 195 mm / offset print

2020

The first issue of Common Ground, what will be annual magazine of the European Cultural Foundation, created to celebrate Europe Day. Europe Day is celebrated on May 9, since on that date in 1950 a statement (the Schuman declaration) was made by French foreign minister Robert Schuman. It proposed to place French and West German production of coal and steel under one common High Authority. This organization would be open to participation of other Western European countries. This cooperation was to be designed in such a way as to create common interests between European countries which would lead to gradual political integration, a condition for the pacification of relations between them. It was the beginning of what would become our current European Union. 

Robert Schuman: ‘Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity.’


WHEN WATER TAKES OVER

Art-Connects

Poster

440 × 300, 800 × 600 mm  / giclee print

2020

Art-Connects is a platform created by Marc Haers that sells art for a better cause. 75% of the profit goes to a charity of the buyers choice. With buying art you contribute a (tiny) bit to a better world. ‘When water takes over’ is inspired by a diving trip where I plastic decorated corals, and dolphins throwing plastic bags to eachother. It imagines an ocean in it’s purest form.


CULTURE OF SOLIDARITY

European Cultural Foundation

Visual, logo

Divers / digital

2020

The Culture of Solidarity fund was brought to live by the European Cultural Foundation during the COVID-19 lockdown in Europe. The Fund supports imaginative cultural initiatives that, in the midst of the global pandemic crisis to reinforce European solidarity and the idea of Europe as a shared public space.