An Unexpected Lesson in Joy

For two months I photographed my life with my wife and twin daughters at home in Ranst, a village near Antwerp, Belgium. Every day I posted one photo from his “Corona Diary” on social media. And now there is the book. “An Unexpected Lesson in Joy” is an intimate photo diary that slowly meanders between uncertainty and joie de vivre.

14 March 2020. A strange calm descends upon the land. The virus keeps everyone inside and paralyses public life. The rat race grinds to a halt. We don’t know what’s coming our way. With the prospect of a long-term quarantine, I start a diary. I photograph familiar things: my home, my family. In this reduced world there is time, there is silence. And then spring comes.

An Unexpected Lesson in Joy – Nick Hannes
Self-published in collaboration with The Falabella Stable
104 pages, 49 colour photographs
Soft cover, 16x23cm
English/Dutch
ISBN 9789464072068
€22 + shipping – available in my webshop

1€ per sold book goes to Doctors Without Borders to support the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Printed at die Keure, Bruges
Billie and Suzanne, the main characters of the story, are holding the first copies.
In times of distress we realize what really matters. And what doesn’t.
A week already. Every day is like Sunday. No cut-through traffic in our street during rush hour. Even the murmur of freight traffic on the motorway down the road has faded.
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Calendar

Overview of current and upcoming exhibitions and events in which I take part:

CURRENT:

April 4 – July 4, 2020: Group show ‘Civilization: The Way We Live Now’, at Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand. Curated by William Ewing and Holly Roussell.

FUTURE:

September 2020: ‘Garden of Delight’ at Busan Photo Festival, South Korea. Curated by Jae-Hyun Seok.

January 2021: Group show ‘Civilization: The Way We Live Now’, at Museum of Civilization Mucem, Marseille, France. Curated by William Ewing and Holly Roussell.

March 27 – Mai 17, 2021: ‘Garden of Delight’ at Diaphane – Pole Photographique en Hauts-de-France

PAST (selection):

September 17, 2019 – February 2, 2020: Group show ‘Civilization: The Way We Live Now’, at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Curated by William Ewing and Holly Roussell.

November 29, 2019 – January 3, 2020: ‘Garden of Delight’ at Lianzhou Foto Festival, China.

October 5 – 27, 2019: ‘Garden of Delight’ at Festival della Fotografia Etica in Lodi, Italy. 

September 20 – October 18, 2019: Group show ‘Matera: Visions from Europe‘ at Palezzo Viceconti in Matera, Italy.

September 13 – October 27, 2019: ‘Garden of Delight’ at Encontros da Imagem, Largo do Paço, Braga, Portugal.

May 29 – June 16, 2019: A part of ‘Garden of Delight’, at Le Réservoir, ImageSingulières festival, Sète, France. 

March 12 – May 19, 2019: Group show ‘Rêver’ at Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles à Paris. Curated by Emmanuel D’Autreppe.

March 9 – May 19, 2019: Group show ‘Civilization: The Way We Live Now’, at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China. Curated by William Ewing and Holly Roussell.

September 29, 2018 – April 1, 2019: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’, group show “Capitalist Realism” at Photobiennale, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece. 

December 15, 2018 – March 3, 2019: ‘Garden of Delight’, at De Garage – Space for Contemporary Art, Mechelen (B)

October 18, 2018 – February 17, 2019: Group show ‘Civilization: The Way We Live Now’, at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art / Gwacheon, in Seoul, South Korea. Curated by William Ewing and Holly Roussell.

June 23 – September 30, 2018: AntwerpPhoto International Photography Festival – Group show ‘Iconobelge‘ at The Loodswezen in Antwerp (B).

June 7 – September 1, 2018: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ + ‘Garden of Delight’ at the Hamburg Triennale of Photography, Germany.

June 2 – Septembre 2, 2018: Group show ‘Attraction(s)’, at Biennale de la Photographie de Mulhouse, France.

June 23, 2018: Screening of ‘Garden of Delight’ at La Nuit des Images, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne (S)

May 24 – July 24, 2018: ‘Half a dozen – Six international photographer’s view on Lisbon’, at Vintage Department, Collectors Marvila, R. Pereira Henriques 6-12, Lisbon (P). With Krzystof Brudlo, Boris Eldagsen, Nick Hannes, Birte Kaufmann, Miho Kajioka, Sarker Protick.

May 4 – 30, 2018: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at Galerija Makina, Pula, Croatia.

March 16 – May 13, 2018: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at 6ème Triennale Photographie et Architecture, Brussels (BE). Curator: Marc Mawet.

January 13 – March 20, 2018: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at Museum of Contemporary Art, Rethymno, Crete, Greece. Group show ‘Critical archives III: Identities’ at Medphoto Festival.

November – December 2017: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at Photolux Biennale internazionale di fotografia, Lucca, Italy.

September 1 – October 29, 2017: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at Städtische Galerie Iserlohn, Germany.

September 6 – 20, 2017: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at Organ Vida Photo Festival, Zaghreb, Croatia.

September 9, 2017: Screening of ‘Dubai. Bread and circuses’ at Visa pour l’Image – International Festival of Photojournalism, Perpignan (FR)

August 5 – 27, 2017: 8ème Biennale de photographie en Condroz, Marchin (BE). I will show a preview of my new series DUBAI. Bread & Circuses’.

January 26 – April 16, 2017: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at Centro Cultural Caja Granada Fundacion, Granada, Spain.

January 18 – February 9, 2017: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at PhotoMed Beirut, Lebanon.

June 27 – October 30, 2016: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at Centro Andaluz de la Fotografia, Almeria, Spain.

October 1 – 31, 2016: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at FotoIstanbul, Turkey.

June 9 – July 31, 2016: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum.

May 25 – June 19, 2016: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at photo festival Photomed in Sanary-Sur-Mer, France.

June 9 – 19, 2016: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at Foto Festiwal Lodz, Poland.

May 14 – June 12, 2016: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at Fundación Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo in Sevilla, Spain.

April 29 – May 22, 2016: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at photo festival ‘Head On‘ in Sydney, Australia.

April 1 – May 1, 2016: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at photo festival ‘Photo de Mer‘ in Vannes, France.

December 4, 2015 – February 14, 2016: Group show ‘Troubled Water. From Aesthetics to the Global Economy’ at Muzeum Narodowe, Szczecin, Poland.

December 19, 2016 – January 31, 2016: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at C-Mine in Genk (BE). Opening night: Friday, December 18, 2016, 8PM.

June 23 – September 30, 2015: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ at the 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (Greece). Entitled: ‘Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will’. Curated by Katerina Gregos. Organized by the State Museum of Contemporary Art (SMCA).

June 11 – august 30, 2015: Group show ‘Facing Japan’ at Museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent (B). Organized by Flanders Center in Osaka.

November 27, 2014 – February 1, 2015: ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man‘. At FotoMuseum Antwerp (B).

November 15 – December 15, 2014: ‘The Continuity of Man’, preview at Cosmos Galerie in Paris, on the occasion of the 17th edition of Mois de la Photo.

September 3 – October 12, 2014: ‘The Continuity of Man’, preview at M. Zilinskas Art Gallery in Kaunas, Lithuania, on the occasion of Kaunas Photo Festival. Part of the group show ‘Generation 1974‘, with works of 11 European photographers who were born in 1974.

May 3-18, 2014: ‘Red Journey’ at the 18ième Biennale Internationale de l’Image in Nancy, France.

April 11 – June 2, 2013: Kaunas Photo Festival, M.Zilinskas Art Gallery of the National M.K.Ciurlionis Art museum, Kaunas, Lithuania. On display: ‘Traditions in Flanders’ (selection)

February 8 – April 24, 2011: Group show ‘Finisterre. Jonge fotografie in België’ at FotoMuseum Antwerpen. Curated by Inge Henneman, Rein Deslé and Luc Derycke.

May 30 – June 18, 2011: Exhibition ‘Red Journey’ at Flanders Center in Osaka, Japan.

June 1 – September 4, 2011: Group show ‘In de marge. Belgian Documentary Photography’, at Museum Dr. Guislain Ghent. Curated by Kaat De Jonghe

June 29 – September 25, 2011: Group show ‘Beyond the Document’ at Bozar Brussels. Curated by Xavier Canonne (Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi); Pool Andries (FotoMuseum Antwerpen); Frank Vanhaecke (BOZAR EXPO)

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Shop

Signed books and small prints (A4) can be ordered from my webshop

Larger format prints and framed prints can be ordered via email. Send your request to nick_hannes@skynet.be

Photographs in limited editions are available in two different sizes:
50x75cm: limited edition of 10 copies. Reference prize: 700 euro
80x120cm: limited edition of 5 copies. Reference prize: 1400 euro

Reference prices for photographs in limited edition of 50 copies:
20x30cm: 100 euro
50x75cm: 250 euro
80x120cm: 510 euro

Prices excl. 21% VAT (6% for edition of 5 or 10).

Prints are made by Milo-Profi (Kontich, Belgium), on Epson baryta Photo Rag 315g.
Delivered with certificate of authenticity.

Contact me on nick_hannes@skynet.be to find out which photographs are available in limited/unlimited edition.

Nicosia, Cyprus, 2010

Nicosia, Cyprus, 2010

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Corona diary

With the prospect of a long stay at home due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, I decided to start a visual diary, in collaboration with the newspaper De Standaard. I’m not going anywhere. I photograph my familiar surroundings in the village of Ranst (Belgium) and the three people I live with: my wife and my twin daughters Billie and Suzanne.

Saturday March 28: Billie and Suzanne are entertaining the cat with a dead rat.
The roof of the greenhouse has finally been repaired. The previous one could not withstand storm Ciara. Anja is sowing peas.
Sunday April 5: Night falls. Strange how busy the days remain, despite all the cancelled activities. Time flies as usual.
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DestinAsia

Publication of my series ‘Garden of Delight’ in the Indonesian magazine DestinAsian.

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Exhibition cancelled

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China Newsweek

Publication of ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’ in China Newsweek, December 2019.

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Philippe Geluck

Portrait of cartoonist Philippe Geluck, for L’Obs, December 2019.

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Mare

Last spring, the beautiful German magazine MARE sent me to St Anthony, Newfoundland-Canada and to Cork, Ireland, to make story on the Gulf Stream, together with writer Stefan Nink. “Zwei Orten, ein Breitengrad” has finally been published in the December issue of Mare.

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Ed van der Elsken

Radio Klara interviewed me on the exhibition ‘Lust for Life: Ed van der Elsken in colour’ at Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam.

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