The Right Distance

Everything I think I know about the Islamic community comes from representations. Something I realised after a photograph of Mohammed Rashid is published on the front page of The Volkskrant newspaper. In this photograph, Mohammed is being checked during a reinforced control at Schiphol Airport. This photograph, in combination with the title: “Is Schiphol still safe?” ensures that Mohammed is being associated with terrorism.

Mohammed reacted to this photograph, writing a concerned letter to The Volkskrant. This letter states that he does not identify in any way with the image he is represented in. This makes me aware of the distance representations can create to reality. I become curious about Mohammed and decide to approach him. The Right Distance is about the encounters we have and it is the result of my attempt as a photographer, to represent Mohammed.

Title and indexBy Muriel Schouten
Concept DescriptionBy Muriel Schouten
Installation view (as exhibited from December 13th 2016 till January 27th 2017 in The Nutshuis, The Hague)By Muriel Schouten
Installation view (as exhibited from December 13th 2016 till January 27th 2017 in The Nutshuis, The Hague)By Muriel Schouten
The Encounters (03)By Muriel Schouten
The Encounters (10)By Muriel Schouten
The letter Mohammed Rashid wrote to The Volkskrant newspaper after his photograph was publishedBy Muriel Schouten
The Encounters (18)By Muriel Schouten
The Encounters (20)By Muriel Schouten
The Encounters (01)By Muriel Schouten
Selfrepresentation by Mohammed RashidBy Muriel Schouten
The Encounters (02)By Muriel Schouten

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