Debunking Heineken: Olivier van Beemen Discusses his Provocative New Book

People across the globe know and recognize the red star and iconic green bottles associated with Heineken, the international Dutch brewing company. But they rarely stop to think about what lies behind the image. Heineken has been in the African continent for over 100 years. Their website promotes an underlying ethic of “growing together in […]


Carles Puigdemont Talks Generic Principles at UvA

Hundreds of students filled up the entrance hall of the E-building at Roeterseilandcampus last Wednesday in anticipation of a visit from Carles Puigdemont, former president of Catalonia. Following the Spanish state’s rejection of Catalonia’s referendum on independence in early October 2017 – an event marred by police brutality and interference – Puigdemont has lived in […]

Objects with a Story: Refugees’ Life Vests Become Design Items

The Dutch social enterprise Makers Unite helps refugees to build a career by upcycling waste material collected on Greek shores. “It is good to give a new life to something that helped in saving people’s lives,” said Moutasem Alawad. The 38-year-old, who comes from Daraa in Syria, arrived in 2015 to the Netherlands as a […]

An Interview with World Press Photo of the Year Winner Ronaldo Schemidt

On Friday, April 13, the World Press Photo exhibition officially kicked off in the Nieuwe Kerk on the Dam in Amsterdam with, at the center of attention, the winner of this year’s World Press Photo of the year, 47-year old Venezuelan photographer Ronaldo Schemidt. His photo features José Victor Salazar Balza, who caught fire because of […]