He Who Scratches with his Hands (2010)

is a slideshow presentation revolving around the history of the "European" Raccoon. The raccoon (Procyon Lotor) originates from North America and has been introduced into Europe in the 1930's. Since then the specie has been growing steadily in numbers. Since 1994 the raccoon has been sighted regularly throughout the Netherlands and the Dutch say that the first animals were released by nazi officials. I went to look for the origin of this alien animal in the region of Hesse, Germany. The work is a result of the experiences and findings on this journey combined with information gathered on the “European” racoon.

- This work was made possible with the generous support of the Piet Zwart Institute.

He Who Scratches With His Hands (2010-13) from Sjoerd van Leeuwen on Vimeo.