For the series ‘Cream Cakes and Paper Chains: The Netherlands in 100 Birthdays’ Ilvy Njiokiktjien photographed 100 birthdays in her home country the Netherlands. Her photos are set in bars, at home, children’s parties, outside or at the office. They show young and old indulge in cake, open presents and blow out candles. The way people celebrate, shows a lot about their culture, believes Njiokiktjien.
The project covers Dutch from different backgrounds, from different economic status, location, and age. Njiokiktjien went to the bureau of statistics, reached out through social media, and even went door to door trying to find very specific people.