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.
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.
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 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.
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)
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.
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.