China Newsweek

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

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


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.


March 27 – Mai 17, 2020: ‘Garden of Delight’ at Diaphane – Pole Photographique en Hauts-de-France.

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.

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

PAST (selection):

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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Philippe Geluck

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

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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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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

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.

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Nicosia, Cyprus, 2010

Nicosia, Cyprus, 2010

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Feature on ‘Garden of Delight’ in Fisheye:

By Julien Hory

Jusqu’au 30 juin, le Réservoir accueille l’exposition de Nick HannesGarden of delight. Dans cette série réalisée à Dubaï, le photographe livre sa vision d’une société basée sur le divertissement et l’exploitation. Un travail à découvrir à l’occasion d’ImageSingulières.

« Il ne s’agit pas du marché, mais de la manière dont nous pouvons faire pour mettre Dubaï sur la carte. Il s’agit de construire une marque. » Ces mots du Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayen, PDG du groupe immobilier Nakheel, résument bien les ambitions du gouvernement de l’émirat de Dubaï. Conscients de leurs réserves pétrolières limitées, les dirigeants du pays ont lancé sur la ville un vaste programme d’investissements. Des grands travaux qui ont modifié le paysage urbain.

Pôle commercial dans les années 1960, Dubaï est devenu en quelques années la ville de la démesure et la capitale de l’industrie du divertissement à destination des élites. Avec Garden of delight, le photographe belge Nick Hannes chronique par la satire les dérives de cette société de l’excès. La série présentée pour la première fois en France dans le cadre du festival sétois ImageSingulières, nous montre une ville sans identité née de l’urbanisation hors-sol.

Pour réaliser ce projet autofinancé, Nick Hannes a dû organiser ses voyages très en amont. « La préparation a été très longue. Pour ne pas me retrouver bloqué et ne pas avoir d’ennuis, je me suis assuré d’avoir toutes les autorisations nécessaires auprès de l’administration locale », explique-t-il. Et s’il a parfois détourné son objectif, le photographe a réussi à capter des scènes qui traduisent les écarts de ce monde – entre le faste décadent du centre-ville et les conditions misérables de ceux que ce système exploite. « La société du divertissement détruit la réalité locale, celle des travailleurs presque réduits en esclavage et parqués dans d’immenses zones de baraquements », ajoute le photographe belge.

Dans ce Las Vegas puissance dix, le paraître côtoie l’indécence, et la tradition le mauvais goût. Mais il ne faut pas voir Garden of delight comme une moquerie. Malgré l’absurdité de certaines situations, le photographe réalise une œuvre politique. Cette série nous dit beaucoup des schémas de civilisation issus de la mondialisation. Dans cette société partagée entre les mosquées et les boîtes de nuit, chacun est surveillé et tout est sécurisé. Pour Nick Hannes « [son] travail parle de la privatisation de l’espace public. À Dubaï, cette privatisation est poussée à l’extrême. Mais en réalité, c’est aussi le cas dans nos sociétés occidentales. Si nous ne prenons pas garde, nous serons dépossédés de nos vies privées », conclut-il.

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Publication in L’Obs, 30 may 2019:

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‘Garden of Delight’ is exhibited at ImageSingulières Photography Festival in Sète, France. On show until 15 June at Le Réservoir. Some installation shots:

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Artist residency in Matera

I’m back from an artist residency in Matera, Italy, where I was invited to represent our Academy KASK Ghent, along with student Vincent Leroi, on the occasion of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019. ‘Visions of Europe’ will be a collective exhibition with work by students and teachers from 28 European photography schools in September 2019. In Matera. A preview from my series on tourism in Matera:

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