Everything about (in)humanity

At the Humanity House, a museum founded by the Red Cross in the Hague, you can experience what it is like to be struck by a disaster or conflict: events that influence the lives of many millions of people around the world. A journey of discovery through the museum allows you to imagine the unimaginable by climbing into the skin of a refugee.



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Communication design for the photo exhibition 'Transit' by Espen Rasmussen

Apart from their permanent exhibition, the museum is steadily building a reputation for great temporary photography shows. For one such show, entitled Transit, with work from Norwegian photographer Espen Rasmussen, the Humanity House asked me to design the signage. 

here are 43 million people on the run in the world today. From war, political pursecution, political repression and ethnic conflicts. The photo exhibition Transit tells the story of some of those people. In images and videos the viewer will see and read how people live their daily lives in ten countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, DR Congo, Colombia, Syra and Yemen. 

Looking at the topic and the space, I proposed to develop an alternative, more engaging system. Each visitor of the exibition receives a hand-stamped brown paper bag at the reception, which contains information on Rasmussens work and each particular topic he covers. Instead of a titel accompanying the work on the wall, we printed postcards that visitors can collect along the way and take home. Visitors that use the postcards by sending them to friends are helping to spread the work of Rasmussen and the plight of refugees around the world. 

Photography of the design work on location by Bert de Jong.  


Communication design for the photo exhibition 'One Day' by Karine Versluis

Migrant workers dream about a future where they will make it in Europe. Photographer Karine Versluis captures women back home in Africa, and lets them share their dreams with us here, in the Netherlands, confronting the viewer with the contrast between expectations and reality. 

The work of the photographer was catalogued in a series of postcards in leperello, to stimulate the circulation of the work after the exhibition is gone. The visitors were asked to share their own dreams on labels, which were catalogued and pinned to pinterest.