Dutch Photographs Challenge Immigration Policies

14 October 2011

Photographer Jan Banning has developed a series entitled ‘National Identities’ intended to criticize “the nonsense of Dutch politics” in the debates over integration in the past ten years. The photos portray immigrants in scenes re-creating well known seventeenth century paintings. For instance his Moroccan Girl (Nissrine) Reading an Integration Exam Application Form at Closed Window resembles Vermeer’s Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window.