Man Next Door
The Centraal Museum Utrecht has invited the Utrecht photographer Rob Hornstra for a spatial presentation of his photo book Man Next Door in the Nieuw Utrecht Kamers. Rob Hornstra is internationally known for his long-running documentary projects such as ‘The Sochi Project’ and ‘101 Billionaires’. Hornstra also published several photo books on his own.
The Dutch photographer Rob Hornstra moved to the Utrecht working class neighborhood Ondiep in 2004. There he regularly photographed his by now deceased neighbor Kid. The end result is the project ‘Man Next Door’.
Hornstra met Kid for the first time during his move to Ondiep in 2004: Kid appears with bare upper body at his door with the question what he’s planning to do here. Kid has diabetes and is heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol. On 12 June 2013 Kid’s dead body is found between two boats in the Utrecht Singel. He was 42 years old.
The photographer was already familiar with the district Ondiep and its residents through his former rehabilitation job. He likes the straightforwardness and loyalty in the neighborhood. Here, neighbors are no strangers to each other. This project is not specifically about the person Kid, but about the stigmatization and the prejudices in society about working class people.
Exhibition ‘Man Next Door’
Centraal Museum, Agnietenstraat 1, Utrecht
Tuesday – Sunday, 11.00 am-17.00 pm
Photos exhibition: Ernst Moritz