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.

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Nick Hannes (°1974) is a photographer based in Antwerp, Belgium. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts KASK in Ghent, he worked for various media in Belgium and The Netherlands. Meanwhile he reported on social and political issues in the Balkans and the Middle East. In 2009 his first book ‘Red Journey’, a documentary about transition in the 15 former Soviet republics, was published by Lannoo. 'Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man', a documentary portrait of the Mediterranean region, follows in 2014. His latest book is 'Garden of Delight', a series that won the Magnum Photography Award 2017 and the Zeiss Photography Award 2018. Since 2008 Nick teaches documentary photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK/School of Arts) in Ghent. He is represented by Panos Pictures (London).
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