Sanne Derks

Photographer
   
Covid-19 - Volunteers, the forgotten heroes of the pandemic
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... read on
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Covid-19 - Volunteers, the forgotten heroes of the pandemic
Copyright sanne derks 2021
Updated 10/16/20
VOLUNTEERS, THE FORGOTTEN HEROES OF THE PANDEMIC
In recent years, the gap between rich and poor has also increased in Hilversum, located in the prosperous region of 't Gooi, in the Netherlands. The corona crisis has put many vulnerable people to the test, socially, economically and emotionally. At the same time, a wide range of initiatives was developed to lend a helping hand in this challenging period. Out of sight, a large group of people do themselves unpaid for others. This series aims to pay tribute to the volunteers, the humble helpers during the pandemic. A diversity of activities shows how volunteers bridge classes, generations and cultures. From clowns, who provide the mentally disabled with a fun afternoon, to the Food Bank, which saw an increase in demand of no less than 10 percent during the Corona crisis. The series shows how the volunteers create connections in different ways, and aims to put this underexposed group in the spotlight.

Funded by Stichting de Zilveren Camera and Museum Hilversum in the Netherlands.
Exhibited in Museum Hilversum
Published at Open Society Foundations
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