Rijnwijk Mijn Wijk | Rijnwijk My District

Rijnwijk Mijn Wijk | Rijnwijk My District, 2019


"Dutch society is orderly and clean, and people are expected to fit in.

But what if you don’t get along..."


Rijnwijk is a 100-year-old Arnhem neighbourhood. Most residents are unemployed, some houses are squatted. The district is a free state ‘no go-area’. A thorn in the side of local government for decades. Beautifully situated along the river Rhine, and perfect for new apartments and offices.


I have been immersed in this infamous neighbourhood for over a year. I got to know its caring and friendly community. People who stay where they were born, where their parents and grandparents were born. Only thirteen families currently live there, in a place that is reminiscent of a war zone. I sympathize with these residents. They make the best of what is left. One of them is Ronnie, who was fifteen when both his parents died in 1995. Since, Ronnie and his little brother survived in the house with help from neighbours.

Erik van Cuyk, 2019



The Rijnwijk series has become a part of MARTIN PARR'S TATE COLLECTION and has been shown during the Voies Off Photofestival, Rencontres d’Arles 2019. The book is available in the Dutch bookstore or can be ordered via LECTURIS



Price: EUR 30,- | Language: Dutch | Pages: 92 | Size: 230 x 300 mm | Edition: Hardcover

Publisher: LECTURIS Amsterdam, Eindhoven | Design: Margot Wolters Arnhem

Printed by: Wilco Art Amersfoort | Photography and texts: Erik van Cuyk

ISBN: 978-94-6226-342-0 Year: 2019

 © 2019 by Erik van Cuyk | Contact: +316 118 372 72 | evcuyk@icloud.com Dutch Photographer, Fine art photography, portrait photography & documentary photography, documentair fotograaf Arnhem, documentaire fotograaf Arnhem

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