Red Light District

Red Light District

Introduction: growing up during the heroin epidemic in the 1970s, in memory of my childhood, I decided to return to De Wallen after 25 years to record the situation now. The result is the 'Red Light District' series in which I capture the current era, from the Dutch drug culture to the sex workers and the growing tourism at De Wallen.
Exposition Pakhuis de Zwijger: Xandra photographed the Dutch drug culture and tourism at the De Wallen, Amsterdam. From the many conversations with residents, prostitutes, club owners, and drug dealers, a dialogue followed with the municipality showing that opinions differ about the use of the windows, refuse, legal prostitution, and the increasing drug crime. The "Red Light District" takes the viewer on a journey and shows the different sides of this glorious district. Xandra hopes that her images will make the neighborhood more accessible and that taboos around this theme can be broken in this way.