Tonight the exhibition 'Verkeerde tijd, verkeerde plaats' opens at the University of Antwerp (UA). This work unites black and white portraits of refugees, made by Dieter Telemans, and my documentary on the asylum procedure in Belgium.
Almost five years ago 'Verkeerde tijd, verkeerde plaats' was shown for the first time at the FotoMuseum in Antwerp. The exhibition has been travelling non stop to schools, organisations, cultural centers and asylum centers ever since. Many people must have seen it. I guess the exhibition has had its use.
Exhibition at UA, De Meerminne, Stadscampus UA, Sint Jacobsstraat 2, 2000 Antwerpen.
On November 3rd Michiel Hendryckx and myself will be interviewed by Friedl' Lesage at the annual Book Fair in Antwerp. Both our books were published by Lannoo earlier this year. And both of us had an exhibition at the FotoMuseum in Anwerp. The talk starts at 7PM at the Green Room. Afterwards is a double book signing of 'Red Journey' and 'Dolen, Onderweg in Europa'.
50.610 euro. That's the gain of the auction at Bernaerts Auction House in Antwerp yesterday. 70 artists offered a work to sell by auction to the benefit of action committee Ademloos ('Breathless'). Thanks to the voluntarily persistence of a small group of concerned citizens, megalomaniac plans to construct a viaduct (The Lange Wapper) and a new highway through the city are blocked. However, the war ain't over yet. The Flemish government has the last word and the concrete lobby is powerful and greedy. Ademloos continues the campaign for a livable city. Glad I contributed a little by giving my photograph 'Dilijan, Armenia, 2007', one of the 'Red Journey'-images. It was sold for 450 euro yesterday.
Building new roads to dissolve traffic jams is blunt. The only way to improve mobility is to decrease the amount of cars on the roads.
I've got the cover of Knack Weekend this week, with a picture of the beach in Astana city, Kazakhstan. With this one and 9 other photographs of former Soviet city scapes, I won the Weekend Photo Award 2009 yesterday, a contest organised by Knack Weekend, Le Vif Weekend, Nikon and the Photo Gallery in Brussels. This year's theme was 'Urban Dream'. Got a Nikon D3x now and a bunch of flowers on the kitchen table. I'm happy.
2009 has been a good year. My first book 'Red Journey' was published by Lannoo, got the Nikon Press Photo Award 2009 for it, had an exhibition at the FotoMuseum in Antwerp and a screening at Visa Pour l'Image Festival du Photojournalisme at Perpignan. However, the most overwhelming thing that happened was the birth of my lovely twin daughters Billie and Suzanne on august 3rd. Great feeling.
Meanwhile new long term projects are running, and plans for the next big trip are being made. (I'll write about this later.) On the other hand assignments for the press have become less. A sign of the times I guess. I do regret the crisis in the media (both financial and qualitative), but at the same time it made me consider other ways to live my photographer's life. In order to keep people informed about what I'm up to, I decided to start this weblog. I hope you will like it.