Photo: Hana Hussein

Matthijs Vuijk (1995, NL) is a director, artist and cinematographer with a diverse background in photography, film, and virtual reality. After studying photography at the Royal Academy of the Arts in Ghent, Belgium, he pursued a Bachelor Honours in Film & Television at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Matthijs' collaborative graduation film, "Sikelela Tapes" (2020), was selected for the prestigious International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). His work revolves around creating captivating worlds through a powerful audiovisual atmosphere, exploring fragmented memory, space, and the emotional impact of societal shifts. Matthijs has been recognized with a 'Starting Artist' stipend from the Dutch Mondriaan Fonds and gained Netherlands Film Fund support for his recent virtual reality project, "With the Whole World Crumbling, We Pick this Time to Fall in Love". Currently, he is actively engaged in various cultural initiatives in Johannesburg and Amsterdam.