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As an expatriate, I look at the Netherlands from a different perspective than people who are born in the country. The Dutch customs and ways of communicating are often confusing to me – the first time I saw a photograph commemorating someone’s 50th birthday, I thought a person named Abraham had gone missing. My curiosity towards the Dutch culture and confusion created by unfamiliar customs are the driving force behind my photography.

I am fascinated by how people communicate with images and texts in public spaces. I photograph the messages people create, such as advertisements, texts written on walls or images pasted on lamp posts. With my photographs, I show the absurdity I see in the communication (and miscommunication) in mundane living environments.