The perspective Aunt José had as a woman in the Netherlands at that time was getting married, quitting her job as a nurse and taking care of family and household. Did she consciously choose to become a nurse in Africa? Entering the Glorieux monastery in Eindhoven and working in a mission station offered her that opportunity. She specialized in maternity care and shared her knowledge and experience with the local population. Aunt José symbolizes the idealism of the individual in addition to the economic interest of the colonizer. 'Aunt José' is a project by Astrid Huis.
About Astrid Huis (1970):
Astrid Huis studied at the Fotoacademie in Eindhoven/Amsterdam. She specialized in portrait and documentary photography. Her photos were published in newspapers, magazines and TV programs. She is the initiator and curator of the project ‘Tante José’ (Aunt José). A publication will accompany the exhibition.