MT Film and Photographic studies

In 2011 I received my MA in Film and Photograpic studies . I wrote my thesis about  the post-colonial photographic representation of poverty used by NGO nowadays versus the colonial photographic representation of racial theories used by antropologist in 19th and early 20th century. I analyzed this through the contempory artwork Enjoy Poverty by artist Renzo Martens.



Photographic production as colonizing practice: the construction of the ‘non-Western subject in crisis’ analyzed through the film Episode III: Enjoy Poverty by Renzo Martens

Master Thesis Film and Photographic Studies

Institute for Cultural Disciplines

Faculty of Humanities
Leiden University
Amsterdam, August 15, 2011


Mw Dr. Helen Westgeest

Mw. Prof. Dr. Kitty Zijlmans




 The numerous photographic images of the emaciated human beings from the ‘exotic’ parts of the world form a stable element in the every day cry of’ the world ‘to’ the world. These photographic images show devastating moments of people in their deepest despair. On television, in newspapers and on numerous websites, they are the fixed backdrops in our visual culture in the Western world as being a constant reminder of the suffering of the ‘other.’[1] At view are the most barbaric images of human suffering. The production of these photographic representations is embedded in a complex production and exchange of images and their significations on a global scale.

[1] The term ’other’ here refers to the subject as defined by the colonial Western world being a foreign body, a stranger and a subject of fascination to be studied and observed by the Western world and often observed and defined as being a ‘non westerner’. click here to enter the  complete MT text