‘FOUR MILES’ is a reenactment of the last moments Hannie Schalft lived right before her execution in the dunes of Bloemendaal, The Netherlands. She is the only Dutch woman that is executed during World War Two; most of them were sent off to the concentration camps. Hannie Schaft is the face of the Dutch female resistance. She’s incredibly famous in The Netherlands and praised for her deeds during the war, however, this had a downside…
What has really happened to her during the execution remains a mystery. Her death is romanticized and rewritten over and over again in books and films. Making it more and more an adaption of a "good" story instead of a real one. According to eyewitnesses, her famous last words: ‘Ik schiet better’ (I shoot better), aren’t even really her last words.
Hannie Schaft is a war hero. Without a doubt. But she is also human, just like you and me. This performance is an ode to the woman that makes me proud to be living in Haarlem, her whereabouts. And a protest against the act of romanticizing historic moments in popular culture. It is my way to embody her truth; digging through her official records in the Archive of North Holland and walking these miles as accurate as I possibly could.