Sanne Derks

Photographer
   
Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands
Nationality: Dutch
Biography: Sanne Derks is a documentary photojournalist and anthropologist from Arnhem, the Netherlands. During her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology (2009) on how Bolivian women deal with gender, ethnic and class inequality within Marian devotion, she became... MORE
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Rutopia published in the Washington Post
sanne derks
May 2, 2022
This week a beautiful publication of my long-term project Rutopia – supported by the National Geographic Society and Matchingsfonds de Coöperatie - came out in the Washington Post. In this project I documented how people want to bring abandoned villages back to life. In search for a sustainable world and a small ecological footprint, people move back to ruin-villages to start a new life.

This self-initiated project is so dear to me. It gave me so many reflections on the essence of life, it gave me guidance and purpose during the pandemic and I have enjoyed every second of the many, many weeks I spend in Spain in the past two years. I have met so many inspirational souls, individuals and communities and it feels sad the project came to an end.Perspective | In rural Spain, people want to bring abandoned villages back to life
Villages in Spain’s sparsely inhabited interior are attempting a repopulation. People are striving to construct self-governed ecological communities as a "rural utopia."
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